|the grandkittens Willow and Shadow|
This week's #Friday Reflection is: How has having Grandchildren changed your view of parenting?
Up until recently I'd have had to answer this question based on the extensive experience I have as Nana to my two grandkittens, Willow and Shadow. From them I've learned that I'm just the patter and a lap to snuggle up on. I'm not responsible for the feeding, or the poop scooping, or the water spray squirting when they're naughty. It's nice not being the disciplinarian or the worrier (like I am with my own fur children) and I think grandchildren will be pretty much the same.
|Jared and Hannah - the parents-to-be|
The recent change to our lives is that our son and his lovely wife are currently expecting their first baby (and our first grandbaby), she is a little girl - due on April 24th. We have already started a photo album with her first official baby photo (there was a 3D one as well but even her parents thought she looked a little weird in it - apparently 3D looks better in video format than as a picture).
|the 12 week ultrasound|
My belief is that grandparents are there to be the cheer squad. To trust our children will be better parents than we were - that they will put all we taught them into practice and refine it with their own way of doing things. It is not our role to judge or criticize their decisions and choices, but to be part of the support team and to listen and reassure them that they'll be great parents (and they will be!)
This whole Nana thing is such a blessing and joy - this little person will be here soon and will bring so much happiness with her. I can't believe that she'll be crawling around the Christmas tree by the end of the year (wearing the really cute little Christmas tee shirt I couldn't resist buying at the end of year sales!) I think I'll be a lot more relaxed as a Nana than I was as a Mum - I can be the back-up plan rather than the first line of offence when it comes to being responsible. I can enjoy all the snuggles and cuddles and giggles and even a few tears and at the same time I'll know that the buck stops with her parents. Though I may be the Nana who sneaks in a lolly or two when nobody is looking!
|The new nursery all set up and ready|