When I followed the link to do the famous grandparent quiz I saw something about another thread/topic that said this (paraphrased): Many grandparents who look after grandchildren while their parents are at work have given up work (my italics).
Erm. No. Childcare is work. They have just chosen unpaid work over paid work.
I read an article in the Times yesterday about the economic value of unpaid, mostly domestic and family-related, work. The article claimed that, if all this unpaid work was valued economically, it would raise GDP by a huge amount.
I think Gransnet should be fighting for better recognition of the economic value of unpaid work, not just joining in the lazy idea that only paid activities count as work. It would be quite easy to say that those grandparents referred to had given up paid work to help raise their grandchildren.
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