Saturday, February 4, 2023
HomeWorking MomOpen Thread: How Shut Are Your Youngsters With Their Grandparents?

Open Thread: How Shut Are Your Youngsters With Their Grandparents?


an old man and young girl walk together with their arms around each others' backs; he has white hair and a tan windbreaker jacket and she has long brown hair and a brown shirt; they are walking in a park

With the vacations approaching, let’s have an open thread: how shut are your youngsters with their grandparents? How do you are feeling about their relationship and normal degree of involvement in your lives? Do you are feeling like your dad and mom are completely different together with your youngsters than they had been with you and your siblings? (Are the grandparents useful as babysitters? How do the vacations often look with the grandparents?)

How Shut My Youngsters Are With Their Grandparents

For my $.02, I’m actually grateful for a way shut my youngsters are with all 4 of their grandparents — it’s so completely different from the connection I had with my grandparents (my dad and mom’ dad and mom), the place one set was largely absent as a result of they lived far-off, and the opposite set was continuously in our lives however simply not terribly focused on any of us youngsters.

As a child, I all the time assumed it was simply the best way it was, this arms’ size relationship with the grandparents. (We known as them Grandma and Grandpa, however to differentiate which set of grandparents we had been speaking about we used final title — Grandma Griffin, for instance.) As I received older I acknowledged it was a bit extra of their personalities, in addition to their technology — they had been undoubtedly raised within the “kids needs to be seen and never heard” period.

My dad and mom and my in-laws couldn’t be extra completely different — they’re engaged and within the youngsters, and each youngsters are completely thrilled once we see them. My eldest calls considered one of his grandmothers incessantly to only chat, and for a very long time had a nightly Fortnite date with considered one of his grandfathers. All 4 of them are far more in my youngsters’ lives than I ever had or wished my grandparents in my life. I don’t suppose it’s as a result of we selected to name them by first title (Grandpa Allan, Grandma Ann) once we wanted to differentiate one set of grandparents’ from one other, however I don’t suppose it damage.

How about you, readers – how shut are your youngsters with their grandparents? How do you are feeling about their relationship and normal degree of involvement in your lives? Do you are feeling like your dad and mom are completely different together with your youngsters than they had been with you and your siblings? (Are the grandparents useful as babysitters? How do the vacations often look with the grandparents?)

Extra Studying on Grandparents and Youngsters…

A few of the discussions we’ve had on this through the years:

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