Monday, May 14, 2018

The Five Most Important Things on My Grandparent's "To-Do List" - #5 - Listen to Them

If you have grandchildren, you obviously are a grandparent. As grandparents there are things we do simply because we are grandparents; things we may not do otherwise.

It would take a lot of time to list the "grandparent things" we do, but on this long list there would most certainly be a few essential things. Over the next few days I'm going to share with you my Five Most Important Things on My Grandparent's "To-Do List". Today I begin with . . . 

#5 - Listen to Them

When your grandchildren are at your house, may I suggest you put away your computer? Now, you've done this, look your grandchildren in the eyes - those warm, chocolate brown or sparkly blue eyes. Now your grandchildren have your attention, listen to whatever it is they want to tell you. They grow up all too fast. When they are adults and think back to their childhood, don't you want them to remember their grandma paid attention to them and cared about what was important to them?

We all know the things children - especially young children - have to say may not be earth-shattering, but if it is important to them, it should be important to us. Do not let technological distractions steal your attention from your grandchildren. Close the computers. Put away the phones. Your grandchildren matter more.

At my house my grandsons know if I am working on my computer, they may come to me, smile and say; "A grandma's lap is not a place for a computer. It is a place for a boy!" When they say this, I will absolutely put my computer aside and take time to snuggle my sweet grandsons, because my lap absolutely is a place for them . . . and my attention will still be theirs when they no longer fit in my lap.

This matters. Truly matters.

One day a few years ago, my grandsons were at my house watching something on the television when a character in one of the programs said something about how adults do not listen to children. My grandson, who was seven years old at the time, said; "This is true . . . well, except for you, grandma. You always listen to me!"

I want my grandsons to know I will listen to them - always! I know right now they want to tell me about the frog they caught outside or their favorite toy, but one day the things they want to talk about will be far more serious - and important. I want them to remember their grandma always listens to them, so when what they have to say is really important, they will talk with me.

On my Grandparents, To-Do List, "Listen to Them", is absolutely on the list. What is on your, "To-Do List"?

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