As Mother’s Day approaches many people are taking time to think about the important role their mothers have played in their lives. They’ll send cards and flowers, and buy gifts to acknowledge how difficult being a parent can be.
Mums do some amazing things. They help their children learn and grow, and they clean up after them. They help them with their homework and they put up with them at their worst times.
In truth, mothers make their children whole.
Not everyone had a good mother. Sadly, being a parent took its toll on some poor souls, and for whatever reason they couldn’t cope.
As a grandparent I am truly grateful for my beautiful grandchildren. But, there is one more person who I am equally grateful for.
‘In truth, mothers make their children whole.’
Apart from cuddles, kisses and general smooches, I am always filled with joy when I see how well my grandchildren are doing. They are happy, confident and loved. Their wellbeing is always my concern, but as a grandparent it is somewhat out of my control.
I want them to do well at school, and to have great friends. I want them to be happy and to care about others, animals and the environment. I want my grandchildren to have what I have, and more. But, how can I achieve all of these things when I don’t see them every day?
Thank goodness for mothers!
Let’s take time and thank those people who put the time and effort into taking care of our precious grandchildren.
Behind every child is someone paying the rent, cooking the meals and doing the laundry. Boring, mundane, repetitive tasks which tend to go unnoticed. Well, that is until no one is doing them!
And don’t forget, if they weren’t there, you would have to do it. You know what a difficult job it is raise children; it’s one of the hardest things in the world to do. Let’s all be grateful we don’t have to do it anymore.
‘Behind every child is someone paying the rent, cooking the meals and doing the laundry.’
If your grandchildren are a delight, and if they light up your world, you can take some credit but let’s face it: without their mothers doing all those things you did you wouldn’t have the freedom to enjoy them like you do now.
Being a grandparent does mean you have been given a special gift. You can spoil your grandkids and hand them back. You get to have the most amazing fun times with them, and you don’t have to worry about all those little problems which might arise.
As a grandmother you’ll probably receive your fair share of gifts and gratitude this Mother’s Day. Stop to think how lucky you are that your daughters and daughter-in-law’s are so good at their job. Because of them, you can sit back and enjoy spending quality time with your grandchildren; and enjoy watching them grow into wonderful human beings.
Susan Day is an author of 15 books, educator, and a content marketer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents who want to build a strong relationship with their grandchildren. In particular, Susan specializes in helping grandparents share their love of books with their grandchildren. Susan is currently writing a book titled, The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing!
Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo. And, apart from blogging, writing and reading; she loves drinking coffee, painting and learning to box.
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