A concerned mum of two has hit out at her children’s grandmother after she supposedly refused to take care of her grandchildren because of fears she would fall ill.
The two children who are two, and six months old, are due to start nursery soon, and because of the mum and husband’s work commitments, the grandmother has been asked to babysit on occasion.
She fears the cost-of-living crisis and mortgage rates increasing means they will both be unable to take time off work to care for the young ones themselves.
The grandma has claimed she “categorically doesn’t want to help out” for fears of catching an infection from potentially ill children.
As reported in BirminghamLive, from the platform Mumsnet, the frustrated parent wrote: “Me and my DH (husband) work full time and they will be going to nursery full time as my mother doesn’t want to look after either of them which is fair enough.”
She added: “Unfortunately our mortgage rate is over soon and will be paying double what we are paying now so taking unpaid leave is not great but something we will have to do. I asked my mum if she would help out a day if one of them is sick just so we can spread it all out but she categorically doesn’t want to help out because she doesn’t want to get sick.”
The mum continued her post by arguing that her 55-year-old mother just “chills all day” and “doesn’t want to help”.
Users were quick to jump to the grandmother’s defence. One said: “I get where you’re coming from but I think you are being unreasonable.”
Another said: “I wouldn’t ask my mum to have a sick child if it was contagious, I’d feel dreadful if she caught anything. If it wasn’t a contagious sickness, I’d ask.”
Some users took sides with the parent, with one mum writing: “It does seem a bit unkind of her but at least you know what to tell her when she’s old and wants help with something.”
Other Mumsnet users understood the fear of an elderly parent getting sick. User blueberry23 said: “She [mum] won’t ever be near my kids if they are sick and I find it infuriating but it is understandable.”
The mother of two thanked the advice provided on the platform stating some posts made her “chuckle”.