If you set out on any journey ill-equipped you’ll probably find yourself getting into trouble at some point. You wouldn’t go mountain climbing without the proper shoes or food supplies. You wouldn’t go sailing without checking the weather conditions, and you wouldn’t jump in a sports car without knowing how to drive a car.
I’m not saying that you have to have a license to become a grandparent, but if there was a test I wonder how we would all go!
What role will you play?
The role you play now will change over time. Nothing is set in concrete, that’s for sure. You may find yourself wanting to nurture and spoil a small baby, but as he or she grows into a little person you may find yourself wanting to share more.
When we moved to a country property one of my primary goals was to provide space for my grandchildren to run and play. I actively sort out things they could climb on, and things they could play with. When they come to stay, their screen time is reduced and they are encouraged to play outside a lot.
I wanted to give them freedom – freedom to move and run around, and freedom to get dirty. Before this we lived in a house with a very small yard. My role was of babysitter and ‘she who was in charge of operating the DVD player.’
Choosing to be a proactive grandparent
Rather than be a passive grandparent who was on call I decided I would begin to help support my family in other ways.
I wanted to make an impact on the lives of my grandchildren in a positive way. I wanted to build a positive relationship with them, and create memories which would last a lifetime.
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