Being a new Grandma is exciting, awesome, and amazing beyond words. Your life will change in ways you can’t imagine. Let me share some tidbits here because being a new Grandma is an adventure you’ll treasure!
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This post is part of the A-Z Challenge.
A post using every letter of the alphabet.
Here we go…
“A” is for Adventure.
A New Grandmother Adventure
The alphabet is full of amazing words to describe the adventure of being a Grandma.
After six+ years of being a Grandma, I’ve learned a few things. Maybe you’ll appreciate this analysis from my angle.
For every letter in the A-Z Challenge, we have a coloring page for your Grandkids.
Admit You’re Going to be New Grandma.
Your child is having a child, therefore you are going to be a new Grandma.
You are still young, ambitious, active and able.
Looking in the mirror, you wonder how this could possibly be happening.
Admit it, you are looking forward to this addition even if it DOES mean you move up a notch on the family ladder.Does this Grandchild make me look old?
Related: Choosing the Perfect Grandma Name
Acceptance of Your Role as Grandmother.
After a few weeks, you will gain the ability to accept this amazing news.
The avoidance of the idea will cease, the alarm bell will go silent, and the adventure will begin.
Acceptance is only moments away.I'm going to be a Grandma and I'm ready for this amazing adventure!
Prepare for Activity.
Now you’ve admitted and accepted that you’re joining the Grandmahood, so it’s time for the activity to start.
Announce the news when you’re given approval. (never until then)
Accept your friends’ gesture to host an affair in your honor.
Make your home accessible and ready for this new baby.
Go ahead and acquire some additional supplies in advance of the big event.
Give Advice Sparingly.
You want to be an awesome new Grandma, right?
Then only give advice when asked.
And even then, give that advice absent of judgment and accusation.
You are no longer the parent.
Let your children be amazing parents.
They will make their own mistakes, just as you did in the past.
Accept their analysis of possible approaches and accept their answers and the ability to make their own decisions for their child.A Grandma's advice is appreciated most often when given AFTER being asked...
Here is some advice from Joyce at BabyCenter.
And here is a little advice just for you – Grandma to new Grandma.
Show your affection for this awesome little person.
Give amazing hugs, kisses, and access to your time.
Accumulating “things” that are soon abandoned, lost or broken will likely be soon forgotten as well.
Giving your time, attention and affection are the things which will be put away in their hearts and memory in the years to come.Show affection to your Grandchildren. Hold them in your lap and read a story, give hugs, kisses, and attention. These are the things they'll remember.
Your child will appreciate your efforts to always be a positive addition to their child’s life.
Your approval and support will be appreciated as well.
In return, allow them to feel your appreciation of the time you have with their child. Show appreciation for them in their role as parents.
Adopt an attitude of gratitude for this little being and you will be rewarded.I feel too young to be a Grandma, but I'm grateful for the chance!
So the adventure has begun.
Admit it, accept it, begin activities to prepare, hold advice until asked, show affection and appreciation, and always strive to have the most amazing Grandma Adventure!
A is for Adventure.
Keep Passing Down the Love,
P.S. Long-distance Grandma:
It may not seem real when you’re so far away, but your adventure has begun, too.
Make an effort to connect with this new little one.
You won’t regret it!