September 10 is Grandparents’ Day and I’m linking up with Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After, to share what I’ve learned from grandchildren and in particular, my darling grandson. Actually in Australia, Grandparents Day is on 29th October, so I’m celebrating early!
I’m Nan to Ethan the joy of my life and have seen him every week since he was born 3 years ago. To say he is the light of my life is an understatement. He brings such happiness and joy to my life and has taught me so much even in his short life.
I’m Nanna Sue to Lexie, Harry and Camden who are our grandchildren on my husband’s side of the family. I don’t get to see them that often but enjoy planning beautiful birthday cake designs and also what ‘Santa’ will bring each year.
The relationship of grandparent and grandchild is so important and I feel very lucky to have experienced this. My children were very young when my mother passed away and my dad passed away six weeks before my eldest child, Rachel was born. Their father’s parents had also passed away so they grew up not having this special relationship.
A few months ago, I invited some of my blogging friends, who are also grandmothers to share their thoughts on The best thing about being a grandmother – 6 grandmothers share their thoughts.
I also wrote my thoughts which you can read here – The best thing about being a grandmother
Grandparents’ Day – What my grandson has taught me
Who would have thought that at 60 I could still learn from a child? We should never stop learning and I’m privileged to spend time with Ethan each Wednesday.
I have learned three important lessons from my grandson which I wanted to share with you.
1. Take time to breathe and enjoy the moment
Usually one to never sit still, when I’m with Ethan he has taught me to stop, breathe and be in the moment. Children naturally know about ‘mindfulness’ and being present. I’ve learned to discover the beauty of a spider’s web or sit watching ants scurrying around. I’ve learned that it is fun to just sit and look at the clouds or watch for the lorikeets (or lollikeets as Ethan calls them) from his bedroom window.
2. You don’t need expensive toys to have fun – you just need imagination
I have learned to use my imagination as Ethan discovers his own adventures. One week we could be living with dinosaurs and running from them. The next week we might be on a pirate ship and looking for land. Children are so beautiful and innocent with wonderful imaginations which always should be encouraged.
3. I never thought I had any more love in my heart but being a grandmother tops it all.
When I hear ‘Nan’s here!’ my heart just melts and I’ve learned that the type of love between a grandparent and grandchild is just so special.
I have also become an expert on dinosaurs and know my T-Rex from a Centasauras and a Triceratops from a Pterodactyl! Which I think is pretty impressive.
Are you a grandparent? What have you learned from your grandchildren?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!