I absolutely love being a grandparent. I have been named, “Papaw.” What an honor to hold, to love and to care for these little ones. To hear the words, “Papaw’s home” is music to my ears as it reminds me of when my children were small. I wrote a former blog that called, “Grandparenting a Lost Art” and it is, but it is as well, a second chance.
It’s a second chance at being calm, filled with peace and less anxious in my parenting. It’s a second chance at having time dedicated to my three grandsons for what THEY desire to do. It’s a second chance at being less concerned about provision and work and more concerned about making them laugh and taking rides on “Mr. John Deere.” It’s a second chance at saying ‘yes’ rather than saying ‘no’ all too often for my personal convenience. And it’s a second chance to read to them and to listen to them or just to sit and have conversation at their level about the stuff on their mind.
Are you a young parent today? Can you look at the above paragraph and then ask yourself, “How can I make all of these happen today in my parenting, not waiting until I’m a grandparent?”
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children. Psalms 103: 17