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.
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.
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!
Then it is time for the children to go home with their parents and each looks forward to the next visit!
Leaving hospital in 1981
Thirty years later, and Nana is looking forward to holding the newest members of her family.
As grandparents and now Nana, as a great- grandparent, were very active in the lives of their grandchildren and enjoyed their visits!
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
What else can you do to assist your child during this time and later with the children:
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