Being a parent is a series of trials and errors. When you are doing it for the first time there can be a lot of figuring out to do that you never anticipated. Things can be challenging and there can be a lot of work involved.
At the end of the journey, however, when your little ones have left the nest and you have graduated with your degree in poop and tantrums, you get to enjoy the next best chapter: being a grandparent. If you thought that being a grandparent meant just being a senior citizen, you thought wrong.
When your children have children of their own you get to secretly snicker as they go through challenges that you went through with them. This “I told you so” goes without needing to be said out loud as suddenly your children start to appreciate everything that you went through with them.
Along with this smug satisfaction, also comes the joy of enjoying your grandkids in an entirely different way than a parent does. Here’s how.
You Don’t Have To Do The Disciplining
When children act up it’s up to the parent to enforce discipline to help guide them to be well-behaved people. It’s one of those parts of parenthood that isn’t fun at all but is part of the job.
Unless of course, you’re the grandparent! Sure you’ll have to do a little disciplining here and there if you’re the only adult present and the kids misbehave, but for the most part, when the parents are there, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy being the good cop for once!
You Get To Send The Kids Home at The End of The Day
Children are fun and creative and full of life. When they aren’t tired or hungry they can be loads of fun. It’s usually only about the end of the afternoon that their fussiness or moods start to kick in, and after a long day of enjoying their good sides, that’s when you get to hand them back to their parents and go home.
You can put your feet up and sip your evening cocktail knowing that you have absolutely no diapers to change or babies to wake you up in the middle of the night.
You Get To Spoil Them
It’s fun being able to spoil your grandkids and see their faces light up. Being a grandparent essentially means all of the fun parts without having to get your hands dirty.
You get to relax and enjoy their childhood rather than stressing about whether you’re doing it right. That’s up to the parents! You’re just there to be fun and give them cookies.