12 Things I learned by being an involved Grandparent

I watch my grandchildren 3 days a week. I started in January of 2013 for a six month stint. Here I am still watching her and her brother. I loved it so much my husband even joined in on the fun. I am lucky, I live close to them and I get to see them frequently. These past 3 + years have been a terrific learning experience. In fact, I am going to tell you 12 things I learned by being an involved grandparent.

1. Babies crawl into your heart and create a fierce love. Grandbabies double that love and fierceness.diaper

2. Babies are still smelly and messy. Especially their explodopoop diapers. Meh, no biggie.

3. Taking a nap with a sleeping grandchild on your chest is the best nap you will ever have.

4. Moms and dads do some things differently than you did. Unless they ask, they don't want to hear about your way. For real.zipit

5. The amount of sewing you can do for grandchildren is infinite if you didn't teach your child to sew. Yes, it's too late to time travel. Teach the grandchild.

6. Getting down on the floor to play with a six month old is fun until you get up. Try playing on your king sized bed instead.

7. Your patience and ability to laugh things off have improved since you raised your kids. Your knees and eyesight have not.

8. People who don't smile and respond to your grandchildren aren't worth knowing.

9. Not everyone will be as lucky as you, watch the bragging and picture posting if you can. (I have trouble with this one.)

10. Your grandchild will decide what she is going to call you. (I wanted Grandma, I got Mawma.)names

11. Caring for your grandchildren on a regular basis will create a loving family bond that you never thought would exist when your kids were teenagers.

12. It's fun to give the child back to the parents, but you will miss them.

But most of all? Being a grandma makes me Sew happy

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I have written before about loving being a Grandparent. Here is my first post.  And I enjoyed writing this one as well.

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