When Donna Warwick was writing “There’s a Mouse on My Head!, she made the caregiver of the little boy and his sister the Grandmother. Why not a mother or a father?
This is what we learned from our research:
“Six out of 10 grandparents served as caregivers to their grandchildren over a 10-year period (1998-2008), and of that group, 70% offered care for two years or more, according to a 2012 study from the University of Chicago. The study echoed the 2010 U.S. Census, which found that 2.7 million grandparents are primary caregivers that meet most of a childs needs, compared with 2.4 million in 2006. . .
In many families with young and school-age children, both parents need to work to meet family needs and, as such, require child care arrangements, she said. Infant and child care is costly, budgets are stressed to the max and many families simply cannot afford to pay for child care.” Nurse.com
It seems more and more grandmothers are taking a major role in raising children.We make no judgement on these facts, We think it is wonderful grandmothers have the time to spend with their grandchildren. We felt this special role should be celebrated. So the book, “There’s a Mouse on My Head!” shows a Grandmother as a fun care giver. She has the time and patience to play a silly game of imagination before bed.
Donna and I have good memories of our grandmothers. We hope that kids today remember their grandmother as fun caregivers. #grandmarules, #grandma, #PictureBooks.