Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:05 AM EDT
Blessings of being a grandparent
I feel blessed to be the grandparent (Pappy) of four beautiful grandchildren — Reaghan, Landen, Elijah and Quentin.
It has been said that grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old. Grandkids remind you of your of your own kids when they were little, making you reminisce about the wonderful times you experienced with them. A grandparent is a little bit parent, a litle bit teacher and a little bit best friend. It is imperative for grandparents to set a good example for their grandkids and teach them to be good students and good citizens.
Be positive, supportive and encouraging in all that they do. Be considerate of their feelings, and let them know that their thoughts and interests are important. Be worthy of being imitated, because every child needs a role model. Be someone they can look up to and pattern themselves after. Our best model of unconditional love can be found in grandparenting.
Spoil grandchildren without guilt, concentrating on the good and laughing at or ignoring small mistakes. One of the greatest joys of being a grandparent is seeing your grandchildren setting goals and accomplishing them, attaining a good education, living a Godly life and growing up to enjoy a happy marriage.
People talk a lot about losing their financial investments, but you can never lose what you invest in your grandchildren, and the dividends are extremely rewarding, always producing a good return. I think you should help your grandchildren remember were they came from and a rich heritage that they can be proud of. Everything that we are is because of an investment that someone made in us, whether it be a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach or minister. Create memory-generating experiences for your grandkids.
This is one of the most cherished and rewarding roles of being a grandparent. Concentrate your energy in ceating an environment that will foster happy memories. It doesn’t have to be expensive as a lot of times, the simpler the activity, the better it is. It is a relief to know that my kids all turned out to be great parents and I don’t have to worry about the needs of my grandkids being met. Don’t ever miss an opportunity to tell your grandkids how much you love them. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so now is the time to fully express your feelings for them.
Brian Patrick Swanner, Gas City