I'm at a loss for an explanation

Some things just have to be experienced before they can be understood.

Like grandchildren.

You’d think this wouldn’t be a big deal. After all, by the time we have grandkids, we’ve already done the lion’s share of that parenting thing. We birthed them, raised them, trained them, counseled them, cussed at them and loved them. What’s so diff with the next generation?

Big diff.

For some reason, and I can’t explain why, looking at your grandchild is so much different than looking at your own child at that age. Maybe it’s because we were too busy worrying about how others were evaluating our parenting skills. Maybe it’s because we were just too exhausted to realize how amazing they were. Maybe we were too busy trying to get them to dance, and baseball, and music lessons, and soccer, and tutoring, and science club, and youth group and and and and and…….

But grandchildren…wow…they’re great. And perfect. Ask any grandparent. 🙂 Especially the ones that don’t get to see their grandkids as often as they would like.

So, while I count reading and photography among my favorite hobbies, the one I plan to do best is missing my grandkids!

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7 thoughts on “I'm at a loss for an explanation

  1. I still am just a father and I can not get in the opinion of a grandfather. I think the grandparents have more life experience and a better perspective of the past to assess the present.

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  2. I think a big part of the difference is the fact that all we really have to do with grandchildren is love them and enjoy them. We don’t have to be their parents, we aren’t completely responsible for instilling in them the values that will serve them well as they grow up. Our contributions are strictly voluntary.

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  3. Yes having grandchildren is different, because you haven’t got the same responsibility you had for your own children. It is better and I am more relaxed now with both my children and grandchildren.

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