I have transitioned from a parent to a grandparent in the last few years. The happiness that my three grandsons bring me is unparalleled! I delight in their tiny toes, warm, soft hands, wispy hair, baby teeth smiles and belly laughs. Everything they do is simply amazing.
Because I am in a new life stage, my S.P.L.A.S.H. Parenting days are also coming to a close. I have spent years encouraging, advising, and supporting parents as they navigate the ever changing landscape of parenting little ones. My S.P.L.A.S.H. Parenting Principles of Structure, Patience, Love, Autonomy, Spirituality and Humor are timeless themes for any parent, but my own days of presenting are over because I have moved into a new era of being a Grandma. And what a delightful era it is.
The lessons I have learned in the new space are briefly translated as pure JOY.
J--Just say yes if you are asked to spend time with your grandchildren and you are able to.
O--Only allow every minute spent with them to be full of giggles and playtime and fun.
Y--Your viewpoints on parenting are only given when asked for--because the torch has been passed. Your grandbabies have the wonderful parents of their own. Your role is to love and support.
So if you are like me, and find yourself blessed to be someone's Grandma--embrace the JOY!