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Grandmothers at WorkJuggling Families and Jobs$
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Madonna Harrington Meyer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814729236

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814729236.001.0001

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Juggling Work and Grandchildren

Juggling Work and Grandchildren

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(p.98) 4 Juggling Work and Grandchildren
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Grandmothers at Work
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Madonna Harrington Meyer

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814729236.003.0004

This chapter examines how grandmothers balance the time for their work and the time for their grand children. Research shows that these women are working for a number of hours, and also caring for their grandchildren for several hours. A few of them juggle work and grandchildren without changing their work schedules or using sick and vacation time. Grandmothers have changed jobs or schedules specifically to accommodate grandchild care, often giving up paid sick days, paid vacation days, health insurance, private pensions, and other employee benefits in the process. Others work in settings with strict scheduling policies or administrators and therefore find it much more difficult to rearrange their schedules to respond to the needs of their grandchildren.

Keywords:   grandmothers, vacation time, grandchild care, schedules, grandchildren

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