I am fairly new at this grandparenting thing. And it has completely taken me by surprise! I am delighted, thrilled, and absolutely love being a grandparent to my 6 grandchildren. I love watching them grow, learn, and develop! I also love observing that my adult children – the moms and dads- have grown and matured into the loving, capable, and understanding parents that they are.
In becoming a grandparent, it’s important to understand that grandparenting isn’t the same thing as parenting. It is true that, as grandparents, we get to interact with grandchildren on a level that doesn’t require the daily routine and discipline that the parenting roles requires. This results in a close, loving, and playful bond with the ‘grands’ that can lead to continuity and stability in a child’s life, opportunities to learn and play, and provide a feeling of connectedness. Grandparents are important in strengthening the family bonds that are so important to children, parents, and grandparents alike.
So, I have learned that, in order to be a ‘good grandparent’, I support the parent’s role; be helpful when possible, totally enjoy being with my grandchildren, and revel in the pure love and joy that they bring to my life! It’s a great time to be a grandparent! What do you enjoy most about being a grandparent?
LESLIE CRANDALL EXTENSION EDUCATOR | THE LEARNING CHILD
Peer Reviewed by Lynn DeVries, Extension Educator, The Learning Child and Tasha Wulf, Extension Educator, The Learning Child
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