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For once, the British are slightly ahead on this issue.
The UK government is considering a scheme whereby grandparents will be paid to look after their grandchildren.
It is cheaper than ever to live on the wrong end of the Ku'damm – that is, anything beyond Adenauerplatz with its Sex shops and thrift stores – or on the once-fashionable Charlottenburg side streets.
Plus there is good parking when the children come to visit on Mother's Day.
Grandparents often feel that they somehow failed as parents and hope to compensate with the next generation, but confronted with the reality of nappy stench, they flag a little. The authority will rest with the mother of the baby who can, if necessary, fire the Grandma. And Oma and Opa will feel less exploited, less manipulated.