Today I thought I would share 10 Benefits of Being a Grandma because last month I received a test from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Katie, telling me she is going to be a grandma. She is so excited. I don’t know how she is going to wait until that baby gets here. I also think that by the time the baby is here, he or she will have a huge stack of baby items. I really think Katie’s daughter, Jen, doesn’t even need to buy anything. (If you’re reading this Jen, seriously, I wouldn’t buy anything.)
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The first thing I want to say, which is not actually one of the benefits, but something I truly believe. Grandkids are the reward for not killing your teenagers and actually surviving raising them. Let’s be honest about teenagers. They are a challenge on the very best day. With all of the changes they are going through, you expect their heads to turn in a complete circle and for them to spit pea soup at any given moment, like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. (If you’re young, that is the original movie, from 1973.)
One of my favorite benefits is introducing my grandkids to new books that I’ve found or that I’ve read in the past that I think they would love. I was given a copy of this fun book to review, The Liahona (Ester and Micah’s Book of Mormon Adventures) (Volume 1) by Erin Olds. We have enjoyed reading this book together. They see it as a story, I see it as a great way to learn something. Yes, I’m even learning.
This particular book follows the main characters, Ester and Micah, as they learn about The Book of Mormon and The Liahona. It makes learning fun for the kids and tells the story on the kid’s level. There are also some fun pictures in the book. It is well written and entertaining. For some other books that would be fun to read with your grandkids, see the post I wrote, 20 Books for Family Reading.
You get to make fun things you see on Pinterest with them. Seriously, I see some really fun things there and having grandkids is a great way to try them out. I would look silly doing some of the things on my own. We made these LEGO Calm Down Jars from Lemon Lime Adventures when I had the grandkids for a weekend one time. It was something fun to make with them and something they could do to occupy a little time.
MOVIES! I know, you’re thinking you can go to movies without grandkids. What I mean is all the fun kid movies. My son and I were talking about this the other day. People look at you funny if you go see a movie like Zootopia without kids. If you have grandkids, you can go in, grab some snacks and enjoy the movie with them and no one looks at you funny. Right?
Craft time. You all know that I craft all the time, but there is something more exciting about crafting with kids. It’s a lot of fun and there are so many things you can do. Paint bird houses, ornaments or flower pots, make cards, make flags, make wind chimes, and the list goes on and on. Just look up Kids Crafts on Pinterest for all of the options.
The humor. Seriously. If you look at the pictures of Owen, you can see all of the faces that he makes almost every time I take his pictures. They also say the funniest things, all the time. Really. Just keep your ears open because they will happen.
Snack time. Now, I know I feed my grandkids a bunch of stuff their mom probably doesn’t. That is a benefit and privileged of being a grandma. However, sometimes I make some fun snacks for them too. I received this book, Lose Weight by Eating, to review. Isn’t that an amazing title. I love to eat, so this really got me excited. Anyway, I was looking through the book and found this recipe for Orange Cream Ice Pops and thought I would make them for our latest sleep over with the grandkids. They really loved them, so I thought I would share the recipe with you. The review of the whole cookbook will be on the blog next week.
- ¾ cup 0% Greek Yogurt
- 2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 orange
- In a blender, puree the yogurt, orange juice concentrate, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
- Peel the orange (discard the peel and seeds)
- Drop the segments into the blender and pulse until the fruit is in small chunks.
- Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and freeze until solid, 6-8 hours.
- Pull the ice pops out of the freezer 5-10 minutes before serving.
This recipe calls for Popsicle Molds and you can get them on the link at Amazon. They are fun to have for different kinds of ice pops for your grandkids.
If you happen to have a grand daughter, you have a built in beauty buddy. My little grand daughter loves having her nails done and even let’s me do her hair when she is over. She also likes to brush my hair, while is usually pretty nice. I hope that she will want to get pedicures with me when she is older and we can go somewhere to have them. That will be so fun!
Field trips are a lot of fun to go on with your grand kids. We like to go fishing, camping, to get ice cream or to the movie. We’ve also gone camping, which was mostly fun. They weren’t a fan of going potty outside. You can also take them to the museum, on a walk somewhere, bike riding, swimming or anywhere else you can think of to go. Just be sure to plan well so all of your bases are covered and you have fun.
Building forts is something fun to do, but if you don’t have a kid around to build them with, it seems a little silly, unless you are Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. Having grandkids around is a great reason to have some fun building forts. They had a lot of fun the day we built this one.
Finally, the very best benefit to having grandkids is for all of the love you get from them. From the wet sloppy kisses and messy hand hugs to spending time together, playing games, watching movies, cooking, whatever you are doing. It is all part of the very best benefit. Love them and spend time with them when they are young to build a lasting relationship with them that you will all cherish. Grandkids are just fun.
Do you have grandkids? What is your favorite benefit in your mind? Leave a comment below. I know Katie is excited, but this is a great way to get her going!