The Simple Joys of Grandparenting

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Since we celebrate Grandparent’s Day during September, we are dedicating Mom Monday to a go-getting Grandma better known as Simply Cathi. I had the privilege of meeting Cathi at BlogHer New York. Despite losing a child and experiencing a terrorist attack first hand, Cathi is full of smiles and joy.  I had to share her story with our Kolcraft fans!

Cathi, you live in the beautiful land of Southern California (We may be heading your way when Chicago winters get too fierce!) and you love gardening, grandchildren and Goofy. 🙂 What inspired you to share your loves and life adventure through a blog?

I originally started my blog as a journal and to keep in touch with family and friends. I lost my 17-year old daughter Britt to an automobile accident several years ago and found that recording my feelings in a journal brought comfort and understanding. As time went by and I adjusted to life without Britt, I stopped writing. In 2006 my husband was injured in a terrorist bombing while we were visiting Spain. My life was once again thrown into a tailspin. As we proceeded to overcome medical and employment obstacles (he was injured while on duty with a major airline) I found blogging to be very therapeutic while also keeping in touch with friends and family. The blog has grown over the years to include many other things, but the center is still our everyday life and of course our grandchildren.

How would you say parenting your grandchildren is different than parenting your children?

Grandchildren are an absolute joy! I am however much more protective and cautious with my grandchildren then I was with my kids. Partly because I have to answer to their parents! Bottom line…It’s Grandma’s house and quite often anything goes!

What life lessons have your grandchildren taught you?

My grandchildren have taught me to slow down and enjoy the simple things. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life but with my grandchildren I want to enjoy the simple things every single day. I also don’t want to miss spending every minute with them when we’re together. It won’t be long before they’re all grown up.

What is your favorite part of being a Grandma and what is the most challenging?

My favorite part about being a Grandma is the unconditional love. It’s goes both ways! I know they love me and they know I am over the top in love with them. There is nothing in this world that compares to hearing little voices calling out “Grandma!” as they run and jump into my arms!

As for challenges…when we were tending our grandchildren everyday while their parents both worked, it was a challenge to do the parenting while keeping the “Grandma’s house” atmosphere. It was hard to set aside time for homework when all we wanted to do was go outside and play.

What advice do you have for parents and grandparents who want their children to be more involved with the grandparents?

The love and companionship between grandparents and grandchildren is magical. I can’t exactly say what the magic ingredient is but it is there. Perhaps it’s the unconditional love. Grandparents can share wisdom that only comes from a lifetime of experiences with their grandchildren and in turn…grandchildren help us stay young.

Now for a quick glance into Cathi’s life. 🙂

What’s the one thing that never gets checked off your “to do” list? Floors! It seems there’s always a room that needs to be vacuumed or mopped.

If you had a “free day” with no commitments or obligations, what would you do with it? A free day would definitely be spent at Disneyland with Grandpa and the grands!

What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is the sinfully delicious lemon cookies my husband brings home from his flights to London. (Editor’s note – YUM!)

What’s your favorite “no-fuss” meal that you fall back on when things are really hectic? My “go to” meal has always been spaghetti. I always have ground sirloin, canned tomatoes and pasta on hand. I add a salad, and garlic bread and the whole family (Just us or the kids and grands too) is happy.

If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be? Simply Cathi

If you have any questions or comments for Cathi, please leave them in the comment section or head over to her blog.