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"Grandfamilies" disagree with study claiming old-school parenting puts kids at risk

Posted at 11:31 AM, May 13, 2017

Local grandparents who are raising their grandkids don't agree with a new study that claims "old-school" parenting techniques could be harmful. 

Researchers presented a survey at the 2017 Pediatric Academics Societies meeting that showed grandparents may be clinging to parenting techniques that can actually harm children. 

The survey is significant because more and more grandparents are raising their grandkids across the U.S. 

Charisse Salmon, 46 of Las Vegas, stepped up to raise her grandson Isaiah when her son wasn't able to. 

"I hadn't had a newborn in 12 years," Salmon said. "The whole getting up every 2-3 hours....that was difficult." 

Salmon found parts of the survey laughable, but said she had heard about strange parenting methods before. 

"I've heard to bring down a fever you put onions or something in the babies socks? And I'm like 'No. We'll stick with Tylenol!" Salmon said. 

Joyce Eatman, who runs a non-profit called Grants 4 Grands, said most of the grandparents in Las Vegas who come to her for resources are young. She thought the survey didn't make much sense. 

"Any grandparent that would take on the job of raising the child, I got that child's best interest in my heart," Eatman said. 

In Nevada, 44,244 kids live with their grandparents and 61.1% of grandparents raising their grandkids are under the age of 60, according to www.grandfamilies.org.