5 Reasons Grandparents Are a Godsend

Grandparents galore!

My husband and I are Oregonians through and through.  He was born and raised here (third-generation Oregonian) and I’ve lived here since I was six years old.  We love it here and would never move away, and it’s not just because we love the greenery. A huge part of the draw is that both Craig and I have wonderful parents who live here, which means that Fern has two sets of wonderful grandparents.

Having grandparents around is wonderful for many reasons…

5 Reasons Grandparents Are a Godsend:

1.  Unlimited babysitting.

Need a date night? Call up the grandparents. They are more than happy to offer up their services and are the only babysitters who are pretty much guaranteed to love your baby almost as much as you do.

2.  They use bribery to get you to go on date nights.

Not only do they offer up their babysitting services, but they often bribe us with free movie tickets and the like to get u to go out on dates, since we’re on a pretty tight budget these days.

3.  They are a great source for referencing baby information.

If I happen to wonder about what’s normal for babies, I’ll sometimes ask my mom or Craig’s mom about it. It’s also nice to be able to ask them when we reached certain milestones or to hear about things that Fern does that are just like things we did as babies.

4.  They often come bearing gifts.

The gifts that our parents bring these days are no longer for us, but they’re still really useful and kind of for us in that they save us money. I pretty much never buy Fern clothes, because my mom is all over it. And toys? Craig’s mom seems to have that covered. My favorite gift though is most definitely diapers — a much appreciated necessity.

5.  They’re super patient.

Perhaps it’s because they developed it over all the years of putting up with us as children, but whatever the case our parents seem to have a Buddhist-like zen when it comes to a crying grandbaby which is great when you feel your own zen wearing thin.  Whenever they’re around I can pass off baby and go take a breather.

How have your baby’s grandparents been?  Helpful or hindering?

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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