One of my favorite days of the year is when Grandparents come to visit. This past Thursday and Friday, all of Twin Parks Montessori School classrooms opened their doors and welcomed Grandparents in to visit. If a child did not have a grandparent, he/she could invite a special friend.
“Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends — and hardly ever our own grown children.” ~Ruth Goode
What I love most is that Grandparents love unconditionally. It does not matter if the child sings or not, or if the child completes work or a craft, or if he just wants to sit on a lap. Grandparents are happy to be in the classroom where their grandchild learns each day.
There are reasons why Grandparents are comfortable, easier to confide in and are able to demonstrate to their grandchildren.
- We get more mellow as we age (although there are those who become bitter), we are less uptight. Our expectations are less frustrating and disappointing. We are able to see the world as it is, and we are less likely to get upset by behaviors children exhibit.
- Grandparent is delightful – not difficult as parenting can be. Grandparents have patience.
- Grandparents go to great lengths to facilitate bonding with grandchildren. Perhaps there is some spoiling involved. Grandparents can give extravagant gifts and baked good or favorite meals or outing.
- Some Grandparents may consider grandchildren as a chance to “do it over”. Grandparents are wiser now and with less stress in their own lives.
Whatever the reason, Grandparents are special. After all, Grandparents are like parents with a lot of frosting on top!