A Grandparenting Paradox


When grandchildren come to stay for a while, it feels a little like Hubby and I are trying to jump on a moving train!  Life suddenly gets hectic and moves at a much faster pace.  So, we have to “run” to get “up to speed”.

Nikki (16) and Jay (15) are here for their spring break and we are busy.  It brings back memories from when we had teenage children at home — never enough hours in the day.  Things that you just don’t get to do, because there just isn’t enough time

So on the one hand, all this activity makes me feel like there is a plug in my side that holds in my energy reserves and that it has suddenly been removed and all of my energy has drained out!  (We sleep like the dead!) 

But on the other hand, having teenagers in the house brings us a different, fresh energy that is exciting.  “What’s for dinner?”  “Do I have time to get a haircut?”  “We want to work out.  Can we go to the gym?”  “Yeah, I’ve wanted to see that movie!  It’s at Cinema Grille?  All the better!”  . . . cell phones, texting, hair issues, teen fashion, favorite food requests.  Whewww.

We’ll get our old energy back after they leave and we get back to our routine. 

But during this week they are here, we’ll just enjoy living in the aura of young, fun energy that fills every corner of our space right now.

We love you Nikki and Jay!

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12 Responses to A Grandparenting Paradox

  1. Belinda says:

    Sounds like a great week. Have fun!

  2. Belinda says:

    PS-The images photographed by the Hubble are on display at Science Central if Nikki and Jay are interested. My sister in law said that the display is wonderful.

  3. Sandra says:

    Thanks for the suggestion, Belinda! We might just do that — if we can work it in! 🙂

  4. Chrissy Witt says:

    Sounds like your already enjoying your time! Continue to have fun!

  5. Amy O says:

    Sounds like a great week! Enjoy and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather!

  6. Sandra says:

    Thank you for your best wishes, Chrissy and Amy. We are having a BALL! 🙂

  7. Tim King says:

    I wonder if my Mom & Dad feel that way when we come to visit with the kids. 🙂


  8. Sandra says:

    Tim — I would guess it depends on how often your parents see the kids. These grandchildren only come to stay by themselves this one time a year — spring break. So it’s a “shock” to our systems! But if they lived closer and we saw them more frequently, I’m sure we would get used to it. 🙂

  9. Julie says:

    Sounds like they will keep you hopping Aunt Sandy!
    My mother-in-law was here visiting for 12 days, and it wore her out to have 2 preschoolers literally running around the house. Although, she says she enjoys every minute of it! Have a great time with your grand- teenagers! 😀

  10. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Julie! We are really having a great time. I’m sure your MIL did too. Love, Aunt Sandy

  11. C. Beth says:

    How fun! I think my mom had similar feelings when she stayed with us for 3 weeks when I was on bed rest during my pregnancy with Zoodle. She had fun playing with Chickie, and they got a whole lot of bonding time–but she was WORN OUT!

  12. Sandra says:

    Beth — I absolutely know how she felt! 🙂

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