At a symposium focusing on grandparent hood, I was heartened to hear from a participant about how a seemingly unrelated topic to her status as a single unmarried person actually matters.
She sees herself as performing grand parenting services by helping to babysit her grandniece when requested, and taking up the caregiving role of caring for her aged mother so that her sister is able to care for her grandchildren.
Yes, single members in the family play a significant role in the network of family support, it is already a known fact that adult children (especially daughters) who are single tend to assume the role of caregiving the elderly at home, kudos to the single adult caregiver, there should be more support for them as well!
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Dr. Thang Leng Leng
National University of Singapore (NUS)
(Writer is a member of iCare Life Advisory Board)