When grandparents become real breadwinners

When grandparents become real breadwinners

With the crisis, the role of grandparents has changed. The help of some has even become essential for their children and grandchildren. France 2 followed Évelyne and Muriel, two caring grandmothers.

New effect of the crisis: some grandparents have become essential supports for their children and grandchildren. In Sannois (Val d’Oise), Evelyne would do anything for her granddaughter Alexandra. This retiree has resumed her activity as an accountant to help her granddaughter. “My childhood was after the war: we had practically nothing at all […]. I don’t want her to know the same thing ”, she tells France 2. She finances dance lessons, but also clothes, school supplies, family outings and sometimes shopping. His son Eric’s salary is not enough for three people. Her mom’s help is “An undeniable little extra”. For Évelyne, it’s natural: “What matters is their well-being.”

“I am always available”

In Chelles (Seine-et-Marne), Muriel devotes all her time to her grandson William. She accompanies him to school in the morning, picks him up for lunch and picks him up at the end of the day. “I take care of it about three to four hours a day, or a little more…”, she says. Reality approaches more than five to six hours a day. His help is invaluable. “I am always available”Every week, grandparents in France devote 23 million hours to their grandchildren. This is as much as all childminders in France.