Grandparents – they truly are amazing aren’t they?
They’ve completed their parental roles ages ago and could happily leave nappy changes and bedtime horrors behind them, but they really do come into their element to moment their Grandkids are born.
With Ollie and I both in our 30’s its been a VERY long time since we really NEEDED our parents per se, and that in itself is hard on any parent no matter how old their children are – we will always be their kids, even when we old and wrinkly however since we had our own kids our parents, the Grandparents, seem to have all found a new focus and we couldn’t be happier.
We are so pleased that the boys both get to see their Grandparents as much as they do and have grown up knowing and loving them. They all have an amazing and unbreakable bond.
I was recently sent an infographic from Shepherds Friendly which shows how to be a cool Grandparent and it got me thinking – are all Grandparents cool? and do they really have to be?
I’m pretty sure the boys think they are cool, they always have stories to tell them and of course they do happily spoil them rotten at times, this in the boys eyes does make them cool!
I think it’s a Grandparents right of passage to be able to spoil them, to give them treats and then send them bouncing off the walls back to their parents – I’m sure I remember my Grandparents doing the exact same thing.
If I were to ask Joshua is Grandad Geoff was cool his reply would be No, this is because he affectionately refers to him as ‘Grumpy Grandad’ but it’s OK because Grandad finds this funny.
Grandparents are loved whether they are ‘cool’ or not and we couldn’t be more grateful for the wonderful ones our boys have – Ollie’s Mum, Jean, is extremely helpful and helps us with the over night babysitting, My Mum, Lesley, is amazing too and happily drops everything when I need help even at short notice during the day for childcare including when I have appointments I need to attend or work gets too busy, and my Dad, Jon, is ‘funny Grandad’ who flings the kids around, does story voices and teaches them songs about worms which they find hilarious.
Which type of Grandparents do your kids have?
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