It's an amazing phenomenon...I call it the Grandparents Effect. It's what happens to your parents once you have children. They become these people you don't know...you have never met them before. Your parents do things you never thought they would do. In regards to their grandchildren, grandparents act completely differently than they did when they were parents.
When parents become grandparents, something happens to them. It's almost like their inner child is reborn with the birth of a grandchild. Maybe it's the lack of pressure and responsibility that grandparents get to finally experience compared to when they were raising their own children. Who knows. I do know that I have seen my parents and Ken's mom transform into these silly people who will do almost anything to get a giggle from Cooper and Cole. And they seen so happy to do it.
This concept of the Grandparents Effect came to me last weekend as I watched my Dad play Star Wars with Cooper and Cole. My Dad who hates guns was running around our house with a huge Nerf gun pretending to be Hans Solo carrying a blaster. Growing up, my brothers never had guns because my parents did not like guns.
The only thing I can think of...it's the Grandparents Effect, and I love it!