We had our granddaughter (age 7) stay with us this week. I realized quickly that all the angst that goes with parenting disappears with grandparenting. Things like dishes to wash can be put off until later. Reading a book together before a chore gets done is o.k. Wearing chocolate from an ice cream cone on your face won’t permanently damage your pores. Things don’t always have to be done on precise schedule; flexibility is always a an option. Here are a few of the other things I learned:
- Play now, there’s time to do whatever tomorrow.
- Don’t sit at the side of the pool – Dive In, Swim, Enjoy.
- Fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Laughter is priceless.
- It’s o.k. to treat yourself. Buy an ice cream treat from the corner store and eat it BEFORE dinner.
- See the world through a child’s eyes and take joy in the little things.
- Indulge in small pleasures every single day.
- Laugh until your sides hurt, then laugh some more.
- Body noises are actually funny.
- Eat potato chips instead of salad and pretend they’re a vegetable.
- It’s o.k. to dance around naked and sing after you come out of the bathtub.
- Be proud of everything you do. A pictured colored outside the lines can still be beautiful.
- Children grow up far too fast. Make the most of your time together.
What things have you learned from a child?