So my younger brother and his wife have 4 kids, ages 9 months to 7 yrs old. Both work a lot and my mom is happy to help out with babysitting--every day.
My DH and I also have 4 kids (see my signature) and when they were younger my mom watched my kids and helped us out immensely.
My dilemma is that my mom is TIRED and not as spry as she once was. And she's also starting to slack off in the safety arena. (She was never that cautious to begin with--giving preschoolers hard candy, no gates to the basement stairs...) For example, we were together at a store and before she knew it, the toddler was running through the small parking lot to her car.
So should I say something to my brother about finding another sitter for the kids?
During the school year she only watches the baby and the toddler, but picks up the 7 yr old from school every day. That's a lot!
Or is it not my business? My mom insists she's fine and does not want me to say anything.
I feel badly because I was able to benefit from my mom's generosity, and here I am possibly telling my brother that he can't benefit now.
I could watch his children 1 day a week, but the rest of the time I am working, too.