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Grandparents, should you intervene on behalf of your grandchildren?

Being a grandparent is almost as stressful—in terms of worry—as being a parent. You want your grandkids to have a safe, happy and healthy home environment. Although you are not the parent of these children, you are a part of the family structure and naturally wish to protect them from any harm.

When you have valid concerns about the health and safety of your grandkids, consider intervening, if only to make sure they are safe. Unfortunately, this could lead to estrangement from your grandchildren if their parents take issue with your efforts to help.

Knowing when to intervene is critical

If you see your grandkids behaving in ways you disapprove of, it is probably best not to make too big of a stir. Stick to giving small portions of advice to help the children’s parents overcome behavior issues in their kids. However, if your grandchildren are at risk of harm, you might need to do more to ensure their well-being.

Here are some examples of when you might need to intervene.

  •       Unaddressed parental substance abuse
  •       When the children are not getting proper nutrition
  •       Unaddressed parental mental health issues
  •       When neglect or physical (and psychological) abuse occurs
  •       Unaddressed developmental issues (speech, motor control, etc.)
  •       When the home environment is inappropriate (too dirty or hazardous)

Family law courts in San Marcos, Texas, give family members the tools necessary to protect at-risk children. However, before intervening, it is wise to ensure that you have valid grounds for your concern. Otherwise, it could endanger your relationship with your grandkids and their parents.

A professional team (childhood expert, legal advocate, etc.) can help you look at the situation objectively to decide if intervention is needed. It may also help to learn more about child custody regulations and family law in Texas.

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