Experiencing the Joys of Grandparenting
This month in honor of starting a new year, we have been taking a look at new moms. Today we get to meet a new Grandma. Kim isn’t new to parenting or grandparenting, but last week she welcomed a new grandbaby to her family. We love Kim’s fresh take on being a Grandma that is peppered with wisdom of the ages.
How would you say parenting your grandchildren is different than parenting your children?
I think I have learned what doesn’t work in parenting. I hope I have learned from my mistakes. Also, the parents set the rules and I follow through when necessary. I believe children need only one set of parents. Of course, I am more relaxed as a grandparent.
What life lessons have your grandchildren taught you?
To see things through a child’s eye: have fun, laugh, enjoy the simple things. Time goes by to quickly.
What is your favorite part of being a Grandma and what is the most challenging?
There are a lot of favorite things. I love the smiles, kisses, and hugs. I love when they climb up on your lap and want to be held. I love when they get excited over the simple things. A few challenging things: watching two babies at the same time (and they are not twins!). We also have a 3-year old autistic grandson who is so sweet and so busy.
You have welcomed 10 grandchildren into the family. Do you still get excited over the new life coming into your family even though you have been through this so many times?
When I first read the question I asked myself “do I still get excited when each one comes”? Then the next day the tenth grandchild came into the world and I found myself crying. So, yes I do still get just as excited when the new one comes.
You ran a daycare for 29 years. It seems like you have always had a big heart for children. How do you keep going after all these years of childcare?
My mind thinks I am young but my body knows better. The children help me to feel young with all of their energy. My Husband and I like to do things with the grandchildren as much as we can.
What advice do you have for parents and grandparents who want their children to be more involved with the grandparents?
Parents, let grandparents make memories with their grandchildren. Grandparents, find opportunities to make memories with your grandchildren. Some of our best memories are just going to the park. We play and I even get on the swings. Of course we take lots of pictures. I am grateful that our children and their spouses want us involved in our grandchildren’s lives.
Now for a quick glance into Kim’s life.
What’s the one thing that never gets checked off your “to do” list? Get organized.
If you had a “free day” with no commitments or obligations, what would you do with it? Go to Disneyland. I know I should say “get organized” but that is no fun.
What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate and spoiling grandchildren.
What’s your favorite “no-fuss” meal that you fall back on when things are really hectic? Honestly, I do not cook much, except for the family dinner on Sunday, because it is just my husband and I, and he works most nights. But in the past it was spaghetti. My children are not that fond of spaghetti anymore.
If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be? Never a Dull Moment!