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Blessed is the child who has a loving grandparent. Don’t begrudge the fact that they’ve learned a lot since having you. Include them in your family life. Here are some ideas:

• First, everyone needs extra help during those first weeks at home with a new baby, and the best person to call upon is usually your mother, your mother-in-law, or both.

• Second, after age six, your child may join grandparents for a special summer vacation. Such an experience can provide a treasure of memories.

• Third, grandparents become invaluable if you have a special needs child with a physical handicap, a learning disability or behavioral problems. Such a child may blossom when taken under the wing of a grandparent.

• Fourth, the issue of discipline often comes up. You certainly want to present a united front on issues like toilet training, but let those small things go. You can always tell your child that he can only do such and such at grandmother’s house. Children can understand that.

During Dr. Schmitt’s 20 years as a medical practitioner and researcher, he has published over 100 articles or chapters on pediatric health care, and has been awarded the distinguished C. Anderson Aldrich Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions to the field of child development. Schmitt has also authored five books including Your Child’s Health, which won Child Magazine’s first Hall of Fame Award in 1991. Schmitt is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and on staff at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

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