1. Unconditional Love
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The river of unconditional love between children and their grandparents flows freely and in both directions. I remember driving up to my grandchildren’s house one day to see them jumping up and down and cheering at my arrival. My son-in-law smiled and shook his head.
“What do you do to make them love you so much?”
“When you become a grandparent,” I replied, “you’ll know.” Grandchildren love you whether you’re a Fortune 500 executive or a Walmart greeter. They look at your heart, not your face, and decide you’re beautiful. They don’t care if you hold a PhD or a high school diploma. They just love you.
We feel the same way about them, and they know it. In one of the best quotes on grandparenting, Marcy DeMaree said, “Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day, and now the day was complete.”
2. Permission to Spoil Them
Rudolph Giuliani said, “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”
While we shouldn’t completely disregard our children’s wishes, everyone knows part of the magic of going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house is that the rules are a little different.
Treats flow freely. Bedtime is fluid. Minor offenses are overlooked.
Even if your children's wishes are that the rules stay pretty similar to how they do at home, there is never a limit on the amount of love you can shower on your grandkids. Likely, as a grandparent, you have more emotional maturity, time, and resources than you may have at a different time of life.
And how wonderful it is the let our grandkids reap those benefits, expontentially!
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