I grew up only knowing one grandma, who passed away in my teens. I used to visit her with my mum at least once a month, but as I got older, I found her place boring and stuffy and tried to skip those visits. My excuse was that I couldn't speak her dialect and hence could hardly carry out any meaningful conversation with her. Upon her passing, I felt somewhere deep within me, was a gap left unfilled for not really knowing my grandparents.
Life expectancy has increased significantly over the years. People are living longer and healthier, which means most elderly get to see their children get married and have their own kids. It's a great blessing to see your own parents who love you deeply, yet hardly expressing their love outwardly, spend time with your children. They could be on their knees playing with the little ones, or cradling the baby and singing a lullaby. Even the strictest Father seems to melt and can't help but shower his grandchild with hugs, kisses and toys.
I understand that there may be situations where we don't get along well with our in laws, or have drifted away from our parents. Yet I truly believe that it is up to us as parents, to give our child the gift of grandparents. Create opportunities for our parents to spend time with their grandchildren, and they will form bonds and build memories that will last a lifetime.
There's never too much love for the child. So bring your parents and in-laws into the picture, if you haven't. Grant them the joy of enjoying your baby and also grant your baby a chance to know the very people who love you with all their hearts.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. - Proverbs 22:6
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