This is a normal event in my world these days and my day was filled with baby wrangling and joy (the feeling and the dishwashing detergent).
The role of grandparent varies widely and changes constantly. Some families live many miles away from their senior members. Others live in the same home as parents and/or grandparents. We have at least one thing in common with the parents; the love of these precious children.
According to AARP Grandparent Report of 2002
About 1/3 of all adults are grandparents.
The average age of becoming a grandparent is 47
The average age of grandparents is 64
The average grandparent has 6 grandchildren
About 77% of grandparents are married
About half are still working
A slight majority, 54% have some college education
Even though slightly out of date, those statistics are true enough in this household. Five of the six describe us perfectly and the sixth is only a tiny bit off.
Probably everyone agrees this is not the time to spend our money carelessly and for free fun, you can't beat the parks and playgrounds. On the way out the door yesterday, I grabbed a swim diaper, a towel, 2 bottles of water and a box of animal crackers. Once my little cherub was loaded into the backseat of the van we were off for some sunny FREE fun. When we arrived at the park I noticed the Lake Closed sign with dismay. Sure, the water is still a tiny bit chilly, but wading was not out of the question. On to the playground in the park. Once I was parked, I jumped out expectantly, opened the door and discovered... oh NO, the little guy was sound asleep. And when this kid naps, he is good for a few hours. I noticed a dog park there on the way out. That should be good for a bit of fun next time.
In this space, we will expore more of the many and varied ways grandparents can enjoy and nurture their grandkids. There are many ways we can enrich their lives and our own. Your input and ideas are welcome here as well.
Next time we will begin to explore ideas for $-FREE FUN.