I wake up slowly and becoming a Mom did not change that. Waking up slowly is not a good trait for a Mom, or a Nana. It can get a person into all kinds of trouble, but the worst was the night I tried to flush my son.
We must look for opportunities to establish trust in the relationship between Grandparent and Grandchild. The most authentic moments occur when we are not looking for them. So, we must be ready to take advantage of those opportunities to communicate effectively. I did not realize that the most meaningful compliment I would ever receive was going to come from my two year old Granddaughter. But it is my hope that this opportunity is the beginning of a relationship based on a strong foundation of trust.
The Big Life Journal inspired a big life conversation with my 8-year-old granddaughter about why boys think they are better than girls and the difference between equality and respect.
It was loud and boisterous on a normal day when the kids lived at home. It seemed the house was in constant disarray. It felt as though I was always in a hurry. Hurry and get dressed. Get the boys ready. Get bathrooms cleaned, finish the laundry, pick-up the kids from school, get them to their after- school activities. Which reminds me. It seemed I was always going to the same places. Round and round I went, schools, piano lesson, boy scouts, soccer, grocery store, dentist, orthodontist. Get up the next day repeat. I used to joke, if I was going in a straight line I’d be somewhere.