Being a New Grandma is an Adventure.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 ability to make their own decisions for their child.
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.
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.
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!