On Becoming a Grandparent

October 5, 2012

I read an interesting piece in the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal about the impact of becoming a grandparent to a person. While I am pretty far from being a grandparent, there were some insightful comments the writer made. Here are a few things that struck me:

  • “When you become a grandparent, it suddenly hits you that time is precious and you need to make the most of it.” 
  • “Now my wife and I get to transition from the serious parents to the fun grandparents.  What sucks for my son is that he will always get the serious parent routine from us. We care way too much about our boy and his wife to stop being his parents. But we will probably spoil the hell out of the little one.”
  • “The point at which you become a grandparent is when you finally get to see if you were a good parent or not.”

The last one was the most interesting and I am going to ask my mom whether she agrees. Are they finally seeing whether they think they did a good job raising me? Does she think she messed up with me every time I make a mistake with my kids, which is frighteningly frequent? Some things to think about.

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