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BlueSapphire Sun 10-Nov-19 20:16:46

My DIL has been in her new job for a week; asking her today how it was going she admitted that she found the morning commute difficult, and has been late for work three times this week because of traffic, which is not good. Now, I know she should probably have thought about this beforehand, but she really wanted to escape her previous job in which she was unhappy.

I am thinking of asking her whether she would like to drop younger DGD off with me at about 7.30 each morning to give her an extra half hour to get to work. I could then take DGD to school.

As far as I can see, pros are:
DDIL would not be so stressed in the mornings;
It would make me get up earlier and I would get more things done and get some exercise from the walk to and from school;
I would be spending good time with DGD and she wouldn't have to go to breakfast club.

Cons are:
I would not be able to slob around in my dressing gown for half the morning if I felt like it.

I would not do Mondays as I have an early yoga class, but every other day is fine.

Shall I offer?

BlueBelle Sun 10-Nov-19 20:21:46

No contest .....of course it’s a great idea why not

annsixty Sun 10-Nov-19 20:24:25

Well of course you will.
We all do what we can to help our family.
I think I know enough about you to say this.
Just think how much you will enjoy helping and spending time with your GD.
Is this likely to be for several years or is your GD likely to be doing it herself before too long?
How will school holidays affect you.?
What did your DiL do at this time?
Good luck with your decision.

rosenoir Sun 10-Nov-19 20:33:48

I am obviously not as kind as you, I would not like the commitment which could go on for years. I would not like having to plan holidays, appointments and days out around school termtime. I would also worry about being unwell and still have to take her to school.

Alima Sun 10-Nov-19 20:43:24

Isn’t her breakfast club from 7.30? Wouldn’t that solve the problem? We take DGS to and collect from school. Really not a problem, second nature now. In fact I see him across the road then he wants to make his own way, all of 20 yards. Re the slobbing about in PJs, still possible, cold and darkish at the mo, fling a coat on and nobody will notice. I don’t think it has to be a millstone around your neck, definitely Brownie points with DiL!

Sara65 Sun 10-Nov-19 20:46:17

Give it a go, you’ll feel mean if you don’t. She may say, No Thanks, but at least you’ll have made the gesture.

Pantglas2 Sun 10-Nov-19 20:49:55

Can she do flexitime in her job?

Callistemon Sun 10-Nov-19 20:57:24

Breakfast club for my DGD is from 8.15 so other granny gives DGD breakfast and takes her to school (not every morning). We don't live near enough but we would take turns if we were.
DDIL cannot be late for work (school).

Curlywhirly Sun 10-Nov-19 20:57:55

I would do it, lovely opportunity to bond with your DGD. And the odd morning you can't do it because you are ill or away, your DIL can do it. Simple!

grannyactivist Sun 10-Nov-19 21:02:05

I think you know the answer BlueSapphire. Enjoy your new morning routine. wink

Hetty58 Sun 10-Nov-19 21:09:28

It's all very well until you hit a problem. You should have a back up plan, just in case you're ill, it's icy outside or you just don't feel like doing it. A childminder (who is going to the school anyway) might be a better idea in the long run.

Hithere Sun 10-Nov-19 21:10:17

Great idea!

Other solutions:
1. She can leave earlier than rush hour or when rush hour is dwindling - readjust her schedule to the traffic
2. What can your son do to help?
3. Dil and son can take turns in taking them to school
4. Carpooling with other parents and take turns?

It will work out!

PamelaJ1 Sun 10-Nov-19 21:13:46

I would do it but I’m an early bird anyway.
I presume that as your DD is sort of managing now she would be able to cope if you couldn’t do it? You may go on holiday for instance.

BlueSapphire Sun 10-Nov-19 21:13:52

Breakfast club is from 8am at her school, so that is what is happening now and DDIL is still getting to work late after 9am, which is when she is supposed to start. It would be for a maximum of two years as DGD is in yr 5. My health is good, touch wood, I am 74(!), hopefully a young feeling 74, and like to be active. If DH were still alive there is no way I would even consider it, but now I am on my own I would just like to fill my time purposefully. Still thinking about it....

GagaJo Sun 10-Nov-19 21:15:42

Yes! I think the idea of western grandparents being foot lose and free from a fairly young age is selfish. This is the last generation that will be so spoiled. People of mid-50s on will be working until 75 anyway.

IF we are lucky enough to not work, we should certainly help our families out. We complain that we don't see them enough, aren't close enough to our grandchildren, aren't included. Our nuclear family approach is why! This doesn't happen in cultures that have close extended families.

Callistemon Sun 10-Nov-19 21:18:22

How far is school from where you live?
Can you walk or would you have to drive?
Whatever way, you would be up and raring to go to your own pursuits at a reasonable time in the morning.

It would only be term-time for two years and a lovely opportunity to bond, chat with your DGD.
Just ensure it is flexible and not set in stone.

BlueSapphire Sun 10-Nov-19 21:24:32

My son works shifts and cannot always be there. If he is home he always does his turn. And they know that I will book holidays as when and they would work round that. If I were ill they would have to accept that and find a way. I think DDil is quite embarrassed about being late for work in her first week and is keen to make a good impression. I shall probably offer, but might go through DS first?

SpringyChicken Sun 10-Nov-19 21:30:05

It's already less than two years as GD will finish Y6 in July 2021. Why not suggest a trial - from now until Christmas - and see how it suits?

Ginny42 Sun 10-Nov-19 21:32:00

Such a great opportunity to bond with your DGD, and think of the chats and laughs you two will have. You will be so close, and she'll always remember those years. You're a young Grandma and this will keep you even younger! Just do it!

Hithere Sun 10-Nov-19 21:52:26

How about shooting them a message: "how can I help?"

notanan2 Sun 10-Nov-19 23:16:51

Dropping off at yours means she has to get them up extra early and totally ready, can you not go to them? Then they can get up/dressed at normal times and your DD just has herself to get ready? Seems more logical to me.

Also means all of their school stuff will be to hand

Tangerine Sun 10-Nov-19 23:27:56

Why not give it a try?

If you explain in advance that you intend to be very reliable but you can't do Mondays and can only do it if you remain in good health, your DIL (if a sensible person) ought to understand.

Callistemon Sun 10-Nov-19 23:35:31

I think this is just one Y5 child at primary school, notanan, and presumably BlueSapphire will give her DGD breakfast.
Presumably the older one(s) get themselves to school.

Callistemon Sun 10-Nov-19 23:38:05

Ps what is normal time on schooldays?
My DGS has to catch the school bus at 7.30 am and DGD at 8am (different locations)

notanan2 Sun 10-Nov-19 23:45:01

For secondary lots of school buses do leave at 7.30 but in primary most kids who dont have to be in breakfast club would still be getting up or getting dressed around that time not leaving the house at that time