Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a Generous Dispenser of Love

As I mentioned a few days ago, when I asked my grandsons what my "job" as grandma was, they said for me to give hugs, snuggles, kisses and to make lots of cookies! While this makes us smile - at least it makes me smile - it is also true. These things are all about giving love and when it comes to the "role" of grandma, one extremely important part is to be the person my grandsons are absolutely able to depend upon throughout their lives to be generous in giving and showing love to them.

We all need people who generously give love to us and grandmas (and grandpas) are some of the most ideal people to do this. So, how might a grandma (and grandpa) generously show love to grandchildren near and far? Consider the following . . . 

  • Greet them with smiles, hugs and kisses - stop whatever you are doing and show them how happy you are to see them!
  • My grandsons know if they come within reach, they are likely to at least receive a hug! Don't pass up opportunities to show your love with a hug!
  • Be sure to say the words and tell of your love for your grandchildren whenever you are around them, talk to them by phone or facetime.
  • Mail notes, cards and reminders of how you love them - feel free to use our free cards - just download, print, add a note and snail-mail!
  • Bake their favorite cookies when they come to visit!
  • Send them their favorite cookies if they live far away - or even as a special surprise if they live near!
  • Pray with them.
  • Put away your smart phone/computer when they are near you and at your home - give them your attention.
  • Listen when they talk to you and make eye contact with them.
  • Smile a lot!
  • Learn about the things in which they are interested.
This is just a very small list of ways to show your love, generously, to your grandchildren. The point is, part of your "job", your "role" as grandma is to be a generous dispenser of love! When they think about the people who love them, grandma should absolutely be on their list!

So, what do you do to show love to your grandchildren? Do you see being a generous dispenser of love as part of your "role" as grandma? Why, or why not? What do you consider to be the "role" of grandma?

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