What Our Grandchildren Continue to Teach Us
By Paula Thomas
Being a grandparent brings many happy times and a few challenging times. It’s amazing how kids have such an imagination to come up with some of the things they say and do.
Recently my husband asked our granddaughters, Ari and Bri, to help him with a project. He laid everything out for them and said, “Do not open any of the plastic bags until we are ready.” While he was getting some other parts ready, he watched Bri open the small bag of screws. When he was done, he asked her if she opened the package. She said, “No the screws crawled out of the bag themselves.” He was so amazed he asked her to help him find their feet.
Another time he asked one of the girls not to do something and she stuck out her tongue at him. He asked her if she stuck out her tongue and she said no. Clearly she did and she immediately said sorry.
On another day one of the boys said he was going to tell Nanna on Pop Pop because he was told not to do something. He found out that Nanna was on Pop Pop’s side and that didn’t work. He was very disappointed of course. He thought that it wasn’t fair, and that Pop Pop was wrong.
Just today our grandson, Grayson decided to go outside with his socks and no shoes. So when he came back he tried to come in the house with his very muddy socks. However, he was told he had to take off his socks before he could come in. So he decided to walk around to the front of the house and try to get in that way. Well Pop Pop knew he would try this and met him at the front door. He tried to get in again and again with no success. Well this time his mother was also there, and he tried his best to get in and she said, No he has to obey the rules of the house.”
Also today before the grandkids had to leave, they were shooting pool with Pop Pop and their dad said they had to leave and they begged for one more game. So he gave them four- more minutes which actually lasted a little over 10 minutes. Finally, the game was over and Eli wanted to roll the balls some more and his dad asked multiple times for him to stop. Well that didn’t happen of course so he got yelled at.
So what do our grandchildren continue to teach us…that we need to work even harder to teach them to:
~Listen to instructions
~Follow the rules
~Obey the house rules
~Listen the first time
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About the Author
Paula enjoys watching her grandchildren during the week. She loves the freedom she has to stay home and do that.
To supplement her income, she became a Shaklee Consultant. She has always loved using these products. They are consistent and have superior, botanically based products. The excellent skin care products give her skin a softness and glow each and every day.
You can read Paula’s “Nanny’s Corner” column on the 3rd Monday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.