Expectant Grandparent


The Expectant Grandparent--what does that mean to you? Are you a planner, a drop by when it is convenient or a procrastinator in life? Think about these choices as you plan to make a difference in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

An Expectant Grandparent may think that they can just sit back and relax and enjoy the benefits of being a grandparent.

Are You Ready?

I just saw an amazing video presentation on birth.  Yes, the question was "Are you Ready?"   Who is every really prepared to understand the undeniable and amazing powers that happen to create birth.  

Welcome those beautiful smiles and hugs! The truth is that you must really work at being involved to be rewarded with those treasured moments in life.

"Baby Boomer" Grandparents

I have read that the average age of Grandparents is 47.   That should describe most of us known as "Boomer" Grandparents. 

Yes, we are focused on the specifics of grandparenting--our individual roles and this includes knowing more about the pregnancy process of our children, doing more to assist them during the 40-week term, and having more technology and information available to make this the most informed and greatest time of our lives!


Grandparents-holding-daughter

Then it is time for the children to go home with their parents and each looks forward to the next visit!

Leaving hospital

Leaving hospital in 1981

Nana-waiting-to-hold

Thirty years later, and Nana is looking forward to holding  the newest members of her family.

Ampa-and-Jen

As grandparents and now Nana, as a great- grandparent, were very active in the lives of their grandchildren and enjoyed their visits!

Grandparents-holding-Jen

They were at the birth of all their grandchildren and continued to support their grandchildren until today. 


Let's discuss these 3 types of Expectant

Grandparents (EG):


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EG 1 is a planner and coordinator of family activities in order to make a difference in the lives of their children and grandchildren. Ex.: makes dinner with leftovers, volunteers to babysit, on-call whenever needed. Finds new toys (often not new--usually purchased at a garage sale or consignment store) that makes the babies smile.



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EG 2 is a person that "drops by" whenever it is convenient for them. They may or may not call to come by and visit the babies. Ex.: call to suggest a late dinner just after the babies have gone to sleep, too busy to babysit babies and can't commit to a specific time to watch the babies. Occasionally will bring a new toy to the babies.


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EG 3 is a person that usually lives out of town and business or other obligations keep him from being involved. Ex: Only sees babies at the holidays. Often this EG will have difficulty with Social Media connections, makes excuses (usually health related) not to visit the grandchildren. Rarely gives the babies a toy or gift.


So as you consider your options, remember that as you decide what type of Expectant Grandparent you are going to be and that these choices will bring great rewards in your life!

There isn't a right or wrong choice for the grandparent.

However, remember, the more you are involved in your grandchild's life, the more your life will be rewarded!

As mentioned before, our grandchildren will be twin boys! For the moment, they will be known as Baby A and Baby B. This is how the OB Office named them. Even now I smile when I hear these names.

Yes, forget the pink, the bows and the frills; we are having two wonderful, rambunctious boys! So it will be the color blue, sailboats, anchors, and double every purchase!



Anchors away!

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Double purchase almost everything!

Gift-Cards

Double purchase almost everything!


The EG myth is that you think that you can just sit around and enjoy your grandchildren is fictitious.

If you are going to be a valuable asset to your family, you will need to plan and coordinate exciting events for your children prior to the birth of your grandchildren. Then continue this process later on. Examples include:

  • During pregnancy, help by delivering food for a couple of days
  • Also, drive Mom to find nursery selections
  • Carry items to the car and in the house
  • Help to install shelves, drapes, security cameras, etc.
  • Volunteer; be there whenever you are needed

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What else can you do to assist your child during this time and later with the children:

  • After the grandchildren are born, offer to babysit while the parents go out for a special dinner.
  • Or if they need time to rest, offer to babysit so they can get caught up on a much needed nap!
  • When the kids are older, you can take them on a special day to the museum, shopping, visit the local library for a children's hour or just having fun at home.
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Baby Girl with Minnie Mouse
  • Plan and coordinate special holidays and vacation times for the family.
  • Look for activities that all are interested in and send for brochures early.
  • Suggest that since the grandsons are young that you stay closer to home. There is usually something that will interfere with a worry-free event, so be prepared!


Expectant Grandparents should check out:


Find exciting happenings at Grandparenting Essentials website!


What expectations do you have as a Grandparent?

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