No matter how much others brag and express their delight in grandchildren, nothing compares to having your own. These wonderful protégés are to be loved and protected in unique ways not just because they are the children or your children but because they are so special. They usually arrive one at a time (although twins and triplets may occur) so you have time to enjoy each with great one-on-one time. While you may still be working outside of the home, grandchildren enter the home to fill weekends and evenings with love and laughter, and then as bedtime nears or Sunday daylight fades, they go to their home and you are left to recover and bask in the afterglow of these tender hearts.
Point Number 1 – You are responsible but not totally responsible. You want to set standards and follow guidelines to enhance the positive growth and attitude of each child but you do not have to shoulder the weight of homework, washing clothes, cleaning rooms, and other chores and child-rearing practices. Instead you play in the yard, build lock-block structures, eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and giggle. Since finances are usually eased later in life, grandparents can purchases clothes, shoes, and toys that might have been impossible at an earlier date or you can make trips to Disneyland or the movies just because you want to.
Point Number 2 – Grandkids pretty much love unconditionally. While they may fuss and fume a little as kids are won’t to do, most children are pleasers and few things are more important than pleasing Grandma and Grandpa. This pleasing is not for money or bribes, but rather for genuine love. Good behavior buys attention, something that frazzled, working parents may have little of to spare, but grandparents have an abundance. Love heals all, enriches all, and makes life beautiful.
Point Number 3 – Impatience or patience, depending on your outlook and critique, reign with grandparents. Grandparents may be old and grouchy as sometimes happens with as the years plunge by, but they seem to have lots of patience. If Little Suzy wants to color with only blue crayons, Grandma gladly agrees. If Wee Willie insists on one more wagon ride around the block, Ol’ Gramps is certain to consent. After all, out-of-doors and sunshine are healthy, happy treats. If the family is in a hurry to head out the door to dinner, grandparents combine with infinite patience to help little ones into coats and shoes, wiping runny noses and grabbing diapers in route for the door. They know that nagging rarely works (impatience) and that simple games of assistance (patience) usually do.
I could rave on and on about the lovely world of grandparenthood but you might just sigh and shake your head. I guess it is just something you have to try out for yourself. I realize that for some grandparenthood is a rebirth of parenthood when the child’s parents refuse to love and raise children and that, of course, modifies the grandparent role. Fortunately my grandchildren live in stable homes with working parents who love and adore and most fortunately, they share. Grandparenthood is very terrific, fulfilling, and just plain fun!
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