Happy Grandparents Day! We are so grateful for the grandparents who keep our tinybeans’ lives full of joy, coloring, and of course, every snack imaginable. In honor of this special day, we caught up with Grandma Holly, knitting extraordinaire and grandma to twins Harper and Nate (age 5). We asked her about the good, the bad, and everything in between about #GrandmaLife.
We hope you take some time to thank the grandparents for everything they do… like Grandma Holly says, “Being a grandparent is the cherry on the sundae of life.”
What is the best part about being a grandparent?
It’s better being a grandparent than a parent. There are no rules, it’s all play, eating snacks,going for ice cream, and just watching cartoons, which are things you just don’t do when you are a parent.
What is the most challenging part of being a grandparent?
You’re blending a lot of different beliefs to work harmoniously together as one family. Then, going through, like you did when you were a parent, the different stages of children and their development and supporting that development when you play with them.
What is your favorite thing to do when the kids come over?
I love coloring. We love building things and playing with Legos. We love drawing with chalk on the driveway and playing with water – doing things that I never did in my work life or as a parent, so it’s great fun. I love watching their reaction to all that, and now that they are verbal, the way they see the world is just phenomenal.
What do you hope to pass along to the grandkids?
Hopefully my little input will help them believe in themselves
What do you wish you knew before becoming a grandparent?
As a grandparent, your job is to make the job of the parents easier.
What advice do you have for new grandparents?
Go where the children are and do not have expectations to have your grandchildren or your children be like you or what you did. Go where they are and where they need to be, then you’ll be welcomed in their new home.
[Being a grandparent] is total joy. If you ask any grandparent, they’re going to say the same thing. Before I became a grandparent, I used to think how everyone just raves about their grandchildren, and now you can’t stop me.