Hello, new to the group, my husband and I are in our mid 60's and have had our grandson for a little over a year. It's not that he's a bad child, quite frankly he's pretty good as 10 year olds go, except for being sexually abused by a stray his mother allowed around him when he was four, there really aren't any major issues yet. It's just that, we were retired, hadn't had to deal with a child fulltime for 22 years and having a great time traveling and doing whatever we wanted. Having to deal with everything that goes along with this is just overwhelming and depressing. The whole common core alone makes me want to jump off a bridge somewhere add to that trying to find age appropriate shows that don't involve some sort of sexual innuendo, and trying to find acceptable time for gaming and computer, I'm ready to jump in front of a train. We don't have any family support so we never get away to have time for ourselves and that is taking a toll on our relationship. I've tried to find a support group here in Philadelphia but that's a no go. Everyone keeps talking about how this is a major dilemma yet there doesn't seem to be much in the way of brick and mortar support. I've asked my grandson's doctor, and his psychiatrist and they can't offer any information. Just trying to find help for him with therapy was a major undertaking. If he'd have been on medicaid there were all sorts of agencies to offer help but forget it if you have insurance or can even self pay. I just want to find a place to vent and not be judged because I think this stinks. Keep hoping that his father will get it together and be able to raise him but that's pretty much a pipe dream. So we're in it for the duration, till he becomes of age or it kills us, whichever comes first.
Nine months ago I received a phone call from 35+ year old son telling me his son was out of control, and his new wife could not handle it any longer. He then called my wife a short time later and asked if we could pick up this grandchild at the airport. There was NO hesitation, she said yes. We do not have custody of this grandchild, only a notorized letter from the father stating that the GC...
This really sucks.