One of the most practical ways you can help your children be better parents is to give them a break when you can. If you live close by, offer to help with the endless jobs of driving kids to and from school, lessons, social events, practices and ballgames.
Some grandparents become regular caregivers. Others provide babysitting from time to time. If you're able, keeping the children even occasionally can be a big help. Don't always wait to be asked. If you think the parents might benefit from a night off, suggest they go out while you keep the kids.
If you don't live close by, you might plan a babysitting trip for a special occasion. Maybe the parents want to take a trip to celebrate an anniversary, and you could come stay with the little ones.
Always be careful to follow the parents' rules when you're the caregiver. Never overindulge the grandchildren. Don't undermine their parents. And don't invite the kids over -- or yourself to their house -- without checking first.
Read on to learn how to help from a distance.