AT Nanna's place, Tristian and Lachlan Waters are in their second home.

Gayle Ness describes herself as a "full-time grandmother", caring for her two grandsons most days of the week.

She is part of a growing nationwide trend of parents leaning on their own parents for additional support and child care.

Statistics from the last census suggest 47% of children aged between five and 12 were regularly cared for by a grandparent.

"Times have changed a lot since I was young, my mum was always home but it's just not like that anymore," Ms Ness said.

"Grandparents are really taking charge and helping raise their grandchildren. I have a very close relationship with my grandsons and it's really special being able to see them every day."

Dropping Lachlan and Tristian off to school, taking them to swimming lessons, taking them away on holidays and having a sleepover every week - there is no limit to what Ms Ness would do for her family.

"It's important to me to be a part of their lives," she said.

"There will come a time in their lives when they can look back and think 'Nanna did that with me'.

"You never know how long you will be around and so spending time with extended family is important."

And, of course, the feeling is reciprocated by her grandchildren.

"She is a lot of fun," nine-year-old Tristian said.

The boys' mother Sonya Waters said she valued her mother's contribution.

"There are a lot of positive things that come out of having a strong relationship with grandparents," she said.

"We value her help."

On Sunday, it's time to repay the favour to Gladstone grandparents on Grandparent's Day.



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