Seventeen blessings that make growing older worth the effort!!...and 2 more blessings since this picture was taken!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if your family were the envy of all your neighborhood? Not because your family had the biggest house, the fanciest car or the very best interior decorator.

The reason isn't that you are the parents of the most beautiful children, you have a "to die for spouse" and you command a 6 figure income.

The fact of the matter is, you don't own a fancy house, your car is a CarMax reject, and your interior decorator is the local Goodwill Store.

Is all of that important? No! What is important is that your family is "The Happiest Family on the Block"!

I will be sharing our secrets that worked with our 6 children, 6 sons and daughters-in-laws and 19 grandchildren! I will share secrets and ideas that we did do and wished we hadn't, things we didn't do, but wished we had, AND things we did do and are glad we got something right!! Hindsight is 20/20 you know!

The "happy family" revolves around:


Raising children





Hobbies- cooking, sewing, crafts, decorating

Making money


Being friends with your grown up children

Being the best grandparents you can be

Etc, etc, etc

Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax and let's visit!

My Darling Grandaughter

My Darling Grandaughter

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Are We "Good" Grandparents?

Have you ever wondered if you were a "good" grandparent? By that I mean a grandparent that nurtures the grandchildren and supports the parents. We often see that little saying, "If momma says "NO" ask Grandma." While it sounds cute, that is not the way a grandparent should operate. Now, I am talking about normal circumstances... not cases where the parents are not fit to parent their children. When children come to visit Grandma and Grandpa, the parents should have the confidence that the grandparents are going the support their values and methods of childraising. The grandparents should be willing to abide by the same standards and principles that the parents are trying to instill in the children. What do I mean....? Here are a few examples.

If the parents don't want the children to have candy then that should be the rule at Grandma's.
If mom and dad don't want the children to watch TV, there should be no TV at Grandma's.
If mom and dad want their kids to eat all their food on their plates then Grandma had better make sure those plates are clean!
If bedtime is at 8 o'clock, then the pjs go on at 7:30 and the teeth are brushed and prayers said by 8:00.
You get the idea?? This is so important if there is going to be a healthy and happy relationship between parents and grandparents. It really isn't that hard either!

Happy Grandparenting!


The Paper Princess said...

I am your 200th follower! :-)

Thanks so much for joining me at Create With Joy. I had a chance to read through several of your articles and there is so much wisdom here! I look forward to getting to know you and hope you'll be a regular visitor and contributor at Create With Joy!


jordan @ mean mommy academy said...

this is such a sweet blog- I love it when people write positive things and focus on the good in life!

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thank you for the follow! i'm following you now and look forward to reading more!

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Lisa Ladrido said...

I am a Grandma and I try to follow those tips! I remember raising my boys and certain people butting in and doing things that I didn't agree with. Like giving coffee to my 6 month old... ughh!

Glad to be your newest follower from the Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop!~Lisa

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Rose said...

your post was on target. thanks. rose

Anita said...

Coincidentally, today I was with a group of women, one of which (Mary) has a first grandchild who is three months old. This weekend, Mary will get to babysit for the first time while her daughter and son-in-law have a date night. Mary is so excited because she gets freedom to break the rules. She said, "I'm going to dress in cute outfits ten times, I'm going to have a bath with her, etc." She may have been joking, but we were so excited for her to get to bond with the baby without so many rules.
Unless something is a definite harm to a child, why not let little Johnny have an extra cookie. Grandma and Grandpa will surely get extra hugs for it. :)

Just having some fun here...I understand your post.

Have a wonderful weekend!

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters
I am blessed!