A SURVEY by the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency shows more than 37% of grandparents believe they should be paid for taking care of their grandchildren. We asked readers if they agree.
Jacky Jones-Barnes: "I am surprised that children don't pay their parents for this task. It should be paid by parents and not taxpayers."
Lillian Carol Hughes: added "Most parents do throw their grandparent some dollars. You shouldn't be paid by the government to mind your own grandkids. Seriously, where's the love."
Jacqui Scott: "More and more this generation in this country is expecting everyone else to be responsible for their kids - grandparents, teachers, taxpayers etc. We have fee relief in childcare centres, otherwise do what the rest of us had to, stay at home and raise your children and make do without!"
Karin Watson: replied by saying, "Thats all well and good but a lot of parents can't afford not to work. My kids have to work to survive. I have the grand kids as often as possible because day care is way to expensive for them."
Linda Flor: "Seniors should not have to be minding their grandkids full time, they have raised their kids and now are enjoying relaxing. I think it is very selfish for a person to expect their parents to do so. Most grandparents go along with it because they feel guilty. Shame on you people. As for taxpayers picking up the bill?
"No way! The person working should be paying the bill and paying them the same rates as a childcare centre!"
Beverley Darby: "Shouldn't be up to taxpayers to pay, but if parents want to work they should pay grandparents."
Tabitha Elliott: "If I'm going to pay I would prefer my kid go to an accredited centre, where they know first aid and are child-proofed and have age-appropriate toys etc."
Sylvia Imhof: agreed: "Daycare equals structured curriculum. Grandparents house equals getting spoilt and playing with anything and everything. I don't mean that in a negative way, but you pay for the education in daycare centres."
Julie-Anne Pashley: "No. It would be nice to think that parents were adult and decent enough to pay their own parents to look after the children.
"It would still be cheaper than childcare."