Whether you're a new grandma or an experienced grandmother with decades under her belt, there are certain rules to live by to ensure your bond with your grandkids stays strong.
Thou shall not put one grandchild above any other grandchild, in favor, gifts, deeds, or attention.
Thou shall not make for yourself a collection of images taken from the Facebook account, online photo-sharing service, or — heaven forbid — a physical photo album belonging to the parents of the grandchild without asking first.
Thou shall not steal all the time with the grandchild — especially a newborn — from other family members simply because you want to continue loving, touching and squeezing the little one, for others do, too. Volunteer, instead, to change the most stinkily soiled of diapers—something others refuse to do—then take your time doing it.
Thou shall not bear false witness against the dog to keep a grandchild from getting in trouble for attempting to dig to China in the front yard or eating the last of the cookies from Mom’s cookie jar.
Thou shall not covet the time the other grandma has with your grandchildren, even if it’s far more than the time you are allotted. For regarding the moments grandmas and grandchildren share, the quality of the time not the quantity will be most memorably held in the hearts of the grandchildren—and the grandmother.
This essay originally appeared on GrandmasBriefs.com. and was written by Lisa Carpenter, a baby boomer, grandparent, parent to adult children, wife, and writer. Follow her on Facebook.
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