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One of the best Father's Day articles I read was by Winston Townsend, a picture editor at The Miami Herald. Winston wrote about how his son-in-law's untimely death gave him, the grandfather, a new turn as a father figure. His daughter and her four daughters now live with him.

He writes: "Robin and I, empty nesters for two decades -- with all the flexibility and tranquility that implies -- are about to roll back the calendar to a time of bedtime stories, PTA meetings and endless laundry."


     I can imagine how thankful Winston's daughter is for the help her parents are giving her. For so many of us, our parents are our safety nets. Just last week, my father-in-law came to the rescue when my son called me at work from his summer camp's clinic. I once wrote about actress Jada Pinkett Smith who said she survived filming Matrix reloaded in Australia just after having a baby by bringing her mother with her to watch her three young children under the age of 4. From the movie star to the office worker, many of us make this work/life balance succeed by turning to our parents or in-laws to help care for our children.

    What this trend most accomplishes for working mothers, including myself, is to remove some of the guilt and anxiety. There's a comfort knowing your child is with a grandparent who loves him or her. Of course, letting grandparents pitch in often means letting them do things their way, maybe even overindulging.

     Have you benefited from letting the grandparents pitch in? Has it raised any issues for you?