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WakeMed launches new parenting class for grandparents

Posted September 16, 2014

Attention expecting parents: Worried that the grandparents in your kids' lives might be passing out a few too many sweets and other treats? WakeMed has a class for that.

Grandbabies, as the class is called, is designed for soon-to-be grandparents. The program will cover topics such as childcare basics; safety and first-aid; how to best communicate with a grandchild's parents; and tips to avoid conflict. Participants also will learn how to change a diaper all over again; gain insight on discipline; get advice on how to avoid overindulging a child when it comes to food and treats; and how to perform CPR on an infant and rescue an infant who is choking.

Instructors are certified in Basic Life Support and are grandparents themselves. The goal is is to guide new grandparents on how to help, not hinder, when it comes to raising a family's newest member, a press release said. 

The first class is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. The cost is $15 per participant. It is open to anybody in the community, not just the grandparents of children born at WakeMed.

For details and to register, check WakeMed's website, which also lists its other parenting classes.


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  • Twittyfan Sep 18, 2014

    This is a good idea for some but it really needs to be for some parents that allow their parents to raise their children so they can party etc.

  • Barbara Sossomon Sep 18, 2014
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    Love the first paragraph, let's tell grandma how to be a grandparent. Seriously?? This that first paragraph is uncalled for. The topics seem to be ok, but planting the seed that grandparents are going to harm their grandchildren just asks for those same parents to alienate the grandparents. We have a worldwide epidemic of grandparent alienation.

  • Claytonmomof2 Sep 17, 2014

    This is a great idea! Some grandparents are perfectly comfortable and easily remember all the details involved in changing diapers, etc...then there are the other grandparents (as in my case, step-grandparent who has never had children of her own) that are extremely uncomfortable around babies.