Children, their mothers, and immediate caregivers benefit from having an involved extended family; they can provide experience, enthusiasm, knowledge, emotional support, and practical resources.
After the birth of the baby, new mothers and partners need time to learn how to be parents, and other family members may also need time to adjust to their new roles. Indeed, all are on a steep learning curve. Expectations about roles can vary greatly between cultures.
With the birth of a grandchild, grandparents are able to take a step back from parenting and watch their own child and the baby form a new family. They don’t have to worry about all the details and everyday stresses of raising a child. Rather, they have the chance to help, support, and love them all while having their own life (Scelza 2019).