Being A Grandparent

My husband and I with our grandson Aiden.

My husband and I with our grandson Aiden.

Being a grandmother is wonderful.  Children bring so much love and laughter into our lives.  While my grandchildren are with me I want to enjoy them as much as I can.  I get my inspiration from my grandparents.

Dr. Thomas L. Garthwaite said,

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

 

Walter and Bertha Ollila. They lived 7 miles east of Newell, South Dakota.
Walter and Bertha Ollila. They lived 7 miles east of Newell, South Dakota.

My grandparents were successful at making me feel loved and cherished.  Every time I think of  them I feel loved.  Years after I am gone, I want my grandchildren to feel my love. That is the grandparent I want to be.

Hugs, kisses and lots of praise are the key to being a wonderful grandparent. Showing an interest in their lives and taking part is another important factor.

Children love hearing stories about your life and their parent’s life as a child. My grandchildren ask me to tell them these

When I was young my grandmother milked cows by hand. I helped feed the bum lambs.

When I was young my grandmother milked cows by hand. I helped feed the bum lambs.

stories over and over again. The bond between the you and your grandchildren becomes stronger when they are able to relate to you as a child.  They also love hearing stories of themselves and what they did when they were younger.  I have to mention how silly it seems when you are telling them a story that happen just a few years ago but to them it was a “life time” ago.  This makes the child feel cherished.

My grandparents life was unique and they allowed me to become a part. Their home felt like my home. I knew every nick-and-cranny of their home and property.  On their farm I followed them everywhere and gave me little jobs that I could do.

They taught me to share my life with my grandchildren. Give them another house to call home.

I made a bedroom just for them. Decorated it in a Safari theme with a 6 foot lion, a 5 foot giraffe and an elephant they can sit on.  I have special closet filled toys, games and movies suited for their age. I created a game that I play with them called “The Adventure Game.”  It is the first thing they ask to play when they come to my house.  I will describe the game in a future blog.

Being a wonderful grandparent is simple. Be a part of their lives in a positive way and

Me and my grand daughter Amara.

Me and my grand daughter Amara.

create special memories.  It doesn’t take a lot of money just a little imagination and a willingness to be special.

 


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