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The best thing about being a grandmother – 6 grandmothers share their thoughts.

May 10, 2017

The best thing about being a grandmother

 

In my previous post The Best thing about being a grandmother, I shared my thoughts on the subject and how much joy and love I have found experiencing life through my grandson’s eyes.

As Mother’s Day is in May, I asked several grandmothers what the best thing about being a grandmother is.  I just loved doing this post and hearing everyone’s perspective.

These ladies are not just grandmothers they are also part of the blogging community and Toni is actually an author.  I’ve listed their websites at the end of the post so you can visit them.

The best thing about being a grandmother is…..

Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill

The best thing about being a grandmother

We have one little granddaughter named Sophia who is nearly one and I can’t begin to say how much I love being her Nan. I love watching our son and daughter-in-law being amazing parents to her – they do it so much better than we did back in the good old days. The joy of watching your children produce babies of their own, and being allowed to share in the love of a baby who is partly yours is so special.

We live two hours away from Sophia and sometimes the distance breaks my heart because I want to be there all the time and watch her grow and change. Instead I have to settle for photos and video snippets – she’s a bit little for Skype yet, but that will come. The one big blessing of distance is that visits are always longer – sometimes for days at a time where we get to “play babies” and give her parents some time to catch their breath. Seeing her smile, and snuggle, and play, lights up my life – it’s so different to parenting our own children.

As grandparents, our only job is to love her boundlessly and encourage her mum and dad in the great job they’re doing as parents (I’m their biggest cheerleader!) And I can’t wait until she’s old enough to come for holiday visits with us.

Toni Pike – Author

The best thing about being a grandmother

Being a grandmother means that I can focus on having fun and creating special memories with my granddaughter as she grows up. Raising my children, Lucy and Henry, was the most wonderful experience of my life, and last July I become a grandmother for the first time.

My son and his wife, Kate, live more than a thousand kilometres away in Brisbane, but we flew up the next day and were immediately captivated by beautiful little Laura. I wish that we were not living so far apart, but have been back several times since then and hope to continue visiting at least four times a year. Thanks to the wonders of modern communications, we also enjoy weekly video phone calls, so I am able to sing and chat to her and watch her progress.

It is a joy to watch my son relish his role as a parent. Laura wore the family Christening robe at her baptism last September, and it filled me with pride and happiness to hold her in my arms that day. I cannot wait to see her on my next visit.

Dee Blanding from Grammies Grid

The best thing about being a grandmother

Carol ‘Mimi’ Benton from Home with Mimi

the best thing about being a grandmother

What’s the best thing about being a grandmother? Two words: Unconditional Love!

Mr. B. and I have the great joy of being grandparents to seven wonderful young people. (One granddaughter is missing from the beach vacay pics because she was in Japan at the time). Our oldest granddaughter just completed freshman year at university, while our youngest grandson will celebrate his third birthday two months from now. So, we have little and big grandchildren at this time. My blog name (Home with Mimi) is based on the name that my little grandsons call me: “Mimi”.

When I was a young parent raising my own children, I sometimes experienced a degree of angst about whether I was doing everything right. But “Mimi” is much more laid-back. I can enjoy my grandchildren for the wonderful people that they are without worrying about them. “Mimi” lets you sneak an extra cookie without worrying about proper nutrition. Want to do that finger-painting project on the kitchen counter? “Mimi” said it was okay.

As I get older, I think more and more about the great swath of time that connects generations over decades and centuries. I touch four centuries because I knew and loved my own grandparents who were all born in the 1890’s. Now, I know and love my grandchildren with a degree of certainty that the little ones will live to see 2100. Because I was once a beloved grandchild myself and because I am now blessed with my own grandchildren, I can contemplate this perspective of “touching” the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd centuries. What an awesome thought!

Cathy Lawdanski from My Side of 50

The best thing about being a grandmother

Being a grandmother means being relaxed. Relaxed because I am not solely responsible for the care, nurture, discipline and upbringing of my grandchildren. I can just enjoy my time with them. My ego is not tied up in how they perform, behave or “turn out”.

Being a grandmother means that I am a woman “of a certain age”. And with that age comes wisdom. I’ve learned that many of the things I was SO CONCERNED about with my own children don’t really matter that much in the long run.

Being a grandmother means that I have time. Time to watch, read, and play with my grandchildren without feeling like I should be doing something else like housework, preparing a meal or working.

When I became a grandmother, I found that a whole new place of love opened up in my heart. My relationship with each of my grandchildren is unique and special. Being “Gaga” to Parker, Madeline and Jeffrey is one of the greatest blessings of my life!

Are you a grandmother?  What is the best thing about being a grandmother for you?  I’d love you to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Please take a moment to visit my guest grandmothers and say hello.

Leanne Le Cras – Cresting the Hill

Toni Pike – Toni Pike Author

Dee Blanding – Grammies Grid

Kathleen Ahearn – The Blogger’s Lifestyle

Carol ‘Mimi’ – Home with Mimi

Cathy Lawdanski – My Side of 50

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46 Comments

  • Reply Toni Pike May 10, 2017 at 07:10

    That is a wonderful article, and thank you so much for including me. It was wonderful to read about everyone’s experiences and their perspectives on life, love and family – the most important things in the world.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 10, 2017 at 13:50

      You are so welcome Toni and I loved reading each grandmother’s thoughts. We are very lucky aren’t we to have such precious little people in our lives. Have a great week and thanks for being part of the post. xx

  • Reply Donna May 10, 2017 at 09:21

    I absolutely LOVE this post Sue, Leanne, Toni, Dee, Kathleen, Carol and Cathy!
    It was wonderful to read the many similarities as well as the differing details. Thanks for sharing this post — especially right before Mother’s Day!
    Donna

    • Reply Toni Pike May 10, 2017 at 11:18

      Thanks Donna – and have a great Mother’s Day

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 10, 2017 at 13:49

      It was lovely for me Donna to bring together some of my favourite ladies to share their thoughts. We concentrate so much at Mother’s Day on Mums that I thought it would be also nice to shine the spotlight on Grandmothers who are always there to lend a hand. Have a great week Donna and thanks for stopping by. xx

    • Reply Cathy Lawdanski May 11, 2017 at 02:19

      Donna – I was amazed at how similar our reflections were too!

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama May 10, 2017 at 11:16

    What a beautiful post. I’m not a grandmother (yet) … although Miss 20 did ask me the other day what I want to be called when I am one – apparently her partner’s mother has already put dibs on “grandma” which is what I would have chosen. I said her dad and I could go for the Italian version of Nonna and Nounou (which is what she calls his parents); or I wouldn’t mind being Yaya. I’ve heard it’s Greek for grandma, and it’s what little kids like my nieces and nephews used to call me before they could say Auntie Janet!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 10, 2017 at 13:48

      Hi Janet I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. It was lovely to have several grandmothers sharing their thoughts. I’m Nanna Sue to my husband’s grandchildren and Nan to my grandson Ethan. My Mum was Nan to my children. Mike’s Mum is Nonna as she is Italian. Yaya is also cute. I actually prefer being called something different to Grandma and I rather like Mimi as well. Have a great week!

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill May 10, 2017 at 13:48

    What a great post Sue! Thanks so much for letting me be part of it – and it was really fun reading what the others had to say. I shared it on my CTH FB page and pinned it and sent it to my daughter-in-law. Nothing beats being a grandmother these days – it makes getting older so much nicer 🙂

  • Reply Teresa May 10, 2017 at 14:35

    I loved reading each of the grandmothers thoughts! It was such a wonderful idea to bring these ladies together in one place. I could identify with so many of the things that were said.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 11, 2017 at 09:33

      Thanks Teresa I like to hear and read about how other grandmother’s think. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and thanks so much for stopping by. x

  • Reply Excellence May 10, 2017 at 17:31

    That is a wonderful article, Thanks for the lovely Photos ! Enjoy !

  • Reply Debbie May 10, 2017 at 19:42

    Great post Sue, I loved reading of their various perspectives and the love they have for their grandchildren is palpable. Thanks for sharing this and happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 11, 2017 at 09:33

      It was great to read the thoughts of other grandmothers and it is clear we all have had our hearts stolen by our grandchildren! Love knows no bounds. Happy Mother’s Day to you and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Grammy Dee May 10, 2017 at 21:56

    I love this Sue, such a wonderful post. Thank you for including me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 11, 2017 at 09:31

      My pleasure Dee! It was so lovely reading other grandmother’s thoughts.

      • Reply Grammy Dee May 18, 2017 at 06:54

        Thanks again for including me and thank you Sue for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

        • Reply Grammy Dee May 18, 2017 at 06:59

          Oops, forgot to say too –> Thank you for co-hosting as well 🙂

        • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2017 at 07:12

          It was a lovely post Dee. I enjoyed putting it together. x

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski May 11, 2017 at 02:18

    What a beautiful post, Sue! It’s amazing how similar our reflections are. Thanks so much for including me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 11, 2017 at 09:30

      It was lovely wasn’t it Cathy? I loved reading all of each grandmother’s thoughts and it is obvious we all love this role. Thanks for taking part and enjoy your Mother’s Day. x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle May 11, 2017 at 16:30

    Your post has turned out so well and oozing with grandma love. Thanks for including me as well.

    Kathleen

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 14, 2017 at 06:22

      Yes I loved reading all of your thoughts we are all so lucky aren’t we, Kathleen?

  • Reply Leslie May 12, 2017 at 05:34

    I am so glad to have discovered you and your grand group of grandmothers. Would love to join you whenever you do a grandmothering-related post! Being Cady’s Mimi and Lucia’s grandma are two of the best things in my life. Love the way all of you gals express those same feelings about your grand-blessings!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 14, 2017 at 06:25

      I’m pleased we have connected as well, Leslie (who could be related to me LOL:) x

  • Reply Beverly May 12, 2017 at 07:17

    I enjoyed this and reading the different perspectives was a treat. One of my favorite things happens when I see my child in my grandchild. My oldest grandchild will be 13 in a couple of months and there have been countless times over the years that he has reminded me so much of his father when he was a little boy. Brings back sweet memories. I agree with all of you ladies that spoke of how it’s such a strong love, unlike any other. I’m blessed to have four wonderful grandchildren.

    What a sweet post on being a grandmother!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 15, 2017 at 08:45

      Thanks Beverly and I loved putting the post together. I agree with you about how lovely it is to see glimpses of your own child in your grandchildren. So special! Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project May 12, 2017 at 19:00

    Gorgeous post Sue! I think Grandparents are such an important part of children’s lives. It makes me so very sad to think our children only had 2 Grandparents when they were born and now they have none. Such a shame for them. Enjoy your grandbabies – they grow up so quickly, as you know! #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit May 14, 2017 at 18:16

    When my step daughter fell pregnant I decided to declare “grandparent immunity” given I was far too young to be a grandmother. But the moment that baby was born I became a grandmother and I have embraced it. I love it and the best part is … she gets to go home at the end of each visit.
    xoxo #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 15, 2017 at 08:42

      Hi Leanne it is a special feeling isn’t it and yes you can enjoy them and know that you can give them back! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Carol Cameleon May 15, 2017 at 01:58

    What lovely, lovely words! I know that my parents love our daughter (and my neices) dearly, and the feeling is completely reciprocated. It grows all the time too. Maybe one day I will also know what it feels like to love a grandchild. Our daughter’s 7 so I’ve got a while yet! Thanks so much for linking up to #HighlightsofHappy with these lovely pictures and words. Looking forward to seeing you again.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 15, 2017 at 08:41

      Oh yes you have a way to go to be a grandmother but it was so lovely putting this post together with all of the grandmother’s different views. Have a great week.

  • Reply Janice Wald|MostlyBlogging May 17, 2017 at 04:45

    Hi,
    Thank you for coming to the Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  • Reply Lori Hill-Smith May 18, 2017 at 12:47

    What a sweet post!! Being a grandma is so amazing!!
    Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2017 at 07:11

      It is amazing and it was lovely to hear other grandmothers’ thoughts.

  • Reply Clearissa Coward May 21, 2017 at 05:14

    A beautiful post. There is nothing better than being a grandmother, or in my case a MiMi. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for linking up and co-hosting at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2017 at 16:05

      So true Clarissa and I love your ‘MiMi’sounds lovely

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") May 21, 2017 at 06:56

    I’m so honored that you asked me to participate in this post, Sue! It turned out beautifully, and it was a joy to read the thoughts of the other 5 grandmothers. Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your post on social media.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2017 at 16:02

      I loved that post Mimi and it has been one of my popular ones. Thanks again for taking part.

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