How to Prepare for Grandchildren
The time has come to welcome your first grandchild into the world. This can be an exciting time but for most, it can be a humbling experience as the next generation evolves. Being a grandparent can be a difficult role to navigate. You need to be a source of support for your child and you’ll play an important role in the life of your grandchild. Not to mention, you also need to keep some distance. Here are some tips on how to prepare for this new chapter.
Prepare Your Home
Safety should always come first when it comes to preparing your home for a visit from your grandchildren. You may be well out of the habit of safety-proofing your home if your own children are now adults. You need to make sure all potentially dangerous items are well out of reach.
You also need to make sure any sharp corners on furniture are cushioned. Next, you need to make sure your home is a fun place for them to stay. You could create a special children’s bedroom or play area, and make sure you have plenty of books and toys for them to play with. The garden is another area that can be transformed into a great play area, you could even get a paddling pool. Last but not least, make sure you have all of their favourite foods and drinks.
Having grandchildren brings a new dimension to your life and a new welcome responsibility. Your children may ask you to look after your grandchildren quite regularly which can involve significant expenditure for you. From the cost of food to trips out and about with them.
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Provide Meaningful Support
It can be tempting to give lots of advice to the point of feeling like you need to take over completely when it comes to the parenting of your grandchildren. However, it is crucially important that you give your children the space they need to learn themselves. They will come to you for help when they feel like they need it.
Believe me, they will be more willing to do so if they feel that help will be given without judgement. It is important to be a source of support during those times when your child feels overwhelmed by the responsibility of parenthood. Be on hand to take some of the strain when they first start out, as this will help them to flourish later down the line.
Being a grandparent is fantastic as you can enjoy all the fun, joyful aspects of children without the responsibility. There are lots of ways to make sure your grandchildren enjoy visiting you, but it is important to be prepared to do some childcare yourself. This can involve some financial expense.
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Most importantly, be ready to give your child the support they need to nurture their own. Even if this means holding back from giving your opinion.
Just like my Mom always says, you never stop being a parent until you take your last breath. The most important thing, in the end, is to be there for your child.
Do you have any tips on how to prepare for grandchildren?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.