Rating: 5 stars
Sometimes, even though I'm nearly 40 years old, I do the Lucky Me dance. I don't even care if someone is watching (that's the beauty of being nearly 40 years old).
What are the reasons I sometimes do the Lucky Me dance? Oh good...I was hoping you would ask.
One of the many reasons: my kids know my parents really, really well.
(And I think that is a really, really beautiful and wonderful and priceless thing
|Kiefer babysits his Grand-Dad|
(Slight disclaimer because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings: my parents' new partners are equally wonderful with my kids. Divorce stinks BUT my kids are lucky to two more grandparents who love them like crazy. And then they've got two MORE grandparents my husband's side! That's right: they have SIX reasons to do the Lucky Me dance.)
It's such a gift watching my parents with my children because they aren't confined to the discipline standards I need to be, they aren't exhausted by the day-in, day-out aspect of parenthood, they aren't over-present so their presence is a huge present (like that? I did!). My parents are great at just playing and just being with my kids--and I am reminded to play and be with my kids a little more by watching them.
Oh! The book!
How to Babysit a Grandpa is a delightful how-to book. Flip through the pages and the main character, a young boy, will teach you how to properly:
- Greet a grandpa (by hiding until Grandpa totally gives up)
- Provide snacks for a grandpa (the short list includes both "ice cream topped with cookies" and "cookies topped with ice cream")
- Play with a grandpa (including building a cave or fort that you BOTH can fit into)
- Draw for your grandpa (while he snoozes in a chair, mouth agape as only grandparents can do)
|When it's cold, bundle up.|
And I just love the book--not only because I love the fact that my kids have a grandpa like that in real-life. Lucky them! Lucky me. That's why I have to do the Lucky Me dance sometimes...!
P.S. In a neat interview with the author, Jean Reagan (click here to read the whole thing), she says that she was even more inspired to write children's books after listening to a published author, Bruce Colville, say that he writes books to inspire children to be "kindler, gentler, and braver." I really love that, too.