Grandparents is the theme of the Gallery this week over on Sticky Fingers. My children are so lucky to have four amazing grandparents, three of which live fairly locally and one not so local…the Philippines! All have different Grand parenting names, Grandpa, Grandad, Granny and Nanny and all help, support and contribute so much to each of my children’s lives. They are very lucky little kiddies.
However I started wondering what it must be like to be a Grandparent and it got me thinking…I won’t actually know for years (hopefully) so I shall interview them to find out!
I have decided to interview Grandpa and Granny on this occasion for their insightful opinion (because Nanny is feeling poorly and has a sore throat and can’t speak and Granddad is more complicated to get hold of!)
Here is Granny and Grandpa!
How many Grandchildren do you have?
Grandpa: 9 grandchildren
Granny: 9 Grandchildren
What does being a grandparent mean to you?
Grandpa: Not to sound to soppy but it is a dream come true. This is obviously because of the love they bring to your lives but also it is wonderful to think that another generation of family have been brought to the world. Family is the most important thing in my life and it is lovely to think their will be continuity of family for future generations.
Granny: You are overwhelmed at first but I just adore it. No-one can comprehend how much love until you experience it.
What is the best part of being a Grandparent?
Grandpa:Visiting time – the house is lit up. It is great to witness the children developing and growing and to start revealing their personalities and characters. I love it when they reach the next milestone and I have so much pride in what they achieve.
Granny: Being able to spoil them! Being there and seeing them grow up and enjoying every moment of it.
What have been your funniest Grand parenting moment?
Grandpa: I don’t want to pick one out. We get so much humour out of them all. It is not always intentional humour though!
Granny: Oh that is hard but probably when Noah’s cousin came to stay over and needed comforting in the night. He came into our bed, (which we never did with our own children) was wide awake and started using my back as a motorway!
What piece of advice would you give to current parents?
Grandpa: Enjoy your family time now – life flies by too fast!
Granny: Enjoy every moment – there will be good and bad days but once a day has gone you will never get it back.
What piece of advice would you give to people about to become a grandparent?
Grandpa: The same as I said before- enjoy every moment, time goes even quicker at this point
Granny: Savour every moment. Being a Grandparent is a feeling you never thought you would have. You never imagine loving your grandchild as much as your children but you do!
I don’t think I need to say anymore – I hope I get the privilege of having Grand children and watching them grow and being a part of their lives, but at the moment I think I will follow the sound advice of my in-laws…cherish every day of being a parent. With that I am off to play!