POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:44am
Longview, TX — At ages when most people are spending time on the golf course or taking elaborate vacations, several East Texas families are taking on a responsibility they thought they’d finished: raising young children.
Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren are no longer unusual, said Geri Tidwell, one of the members of a support group for people in her situation.
“There can be a variety of reasons for young adult children to be unwilling or unable to raise their own kids,” Tidwell said. “In those situations, in most cases, the grandparents step in.”
Tidwell and her husband, Milton, raised two sons and a daughter during their first round of parenting. They’re now in their early 60s, and for the second go-round, they’re raising their 14-year-old grandson Zane.
“He came home from the hospital with us,” Geri Tidwell said. “Our daughter was only 19 when she had him and wasn’t in a position to really even take care of herself, much less an infant.”
They consider Zane not to be so much their oldest grandchild as their youngest child, she said.
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