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If your child has retired grandparents, this can be an ideal babysitting option. But do not assume they are willing and able to do the job just because they are retirees. It is usually fairly easy to hire a babysitter your children's grandparents do not have the time or energy to take care of lively young children. When asking, make sure they do not feel guilty if they say no. If they do baby-sit, offer them something in return such as yard work or a ride to the doctor's or grocery store. Their time is just as much of a sacrifice as yours.