NAGOYA -- A local government in the central Japan prefectural of Aichi has created an informational booklet for grandparents looking after their grandchildren.
The booklet produced by the Inuyama Municipal Government includes basic knowledge on modern child-rearing methods that is different from how grandparent generations raised their kids, and ways to get along with the current parental generation. It will be distributed along with a mother-child health handbook by the municipal health center, and people can also ask for a copy at a counter at the city hall's parenting support division.
Due to an increase in nuclear and dual-income families, many households are raising their children with anxiety, while grandparents have become important child-rearing supporters.
However, there have been major changes in common knowledge concerning child-rearing from the time when grandparent generations experienced parenting. For example, back in the day it was said that infants sleep well lying face-down, but now it is recommended that children sleep face-up to protect them from sudden infant death syndrome.
It is essential to share such new common knowledge on child-rearing between both the grandparent and parental generations, which is why the booklet comes in handy.
The booklet was made by the city's day care workers and public health nurses, and also introduces information such as places to go on trips with a grandchild. A city official commented, "We hope the booklet serves as an opportunity for the grandparent and parental generations to communicate well with each other."
(Japanese original by Takayo Hosokawa, Nagoya News Center)