When it comes to Filipino families, there’s a special bond between grandparents and their apos.
Who doesn’t remember going to lolo/lola‘s big house in the province, or receiving special gifts that they made themselves?
Grandparents act as a second parent to many children, and the bond between them is full love and happiness.
Healthy Options’ latest newsletter gave different tips on how to age gracefully by thinking less of material things and think more of ourselves and the people around us, including your grandchildren.
Here are some reasons why being a lolo or lola is so special:
1. Bond With Your Child in a New Way
Now that you’re both parents, you and your child have something huge in common. Use the common ground to strengthen your bond.
2. They Have Special Names for You
Grandma and Grampa, Nana/Mama and Papa, Lola and Lola, – the list goes on and on. When a grandchild brands you, you become his person. You’re the only person in the world with that special title to them.
3. The Hugs, Oh the Hugs!
There’s no better joy than one of your grandchildren or great-grandchildren running up to give you a big hug when she or he sees you.
4. Bring on the Animated Films!
You’re never too old to enjoy animated movies, and having grandkids means you’re not embarrassed when buying tickets to the new Pixar film. Go ahead and get yourself the kid’s popcorn meal!
5. Drop the Enforcer Hat
Most parents feel obligated to enforce rules and boundaries so their kids grow up to be good human beings. Since their moms and dads are handling that part, grandparents get to focus on having fun and building relationships with their grandkids.
6. Remember Your Kids When They Were Small
When you look into your grandchildren’s faces, hear their little voice or spend time playing with them, you’ll be transported back to when their parents were small. What a sweet trip down memory lane!
7. Time to Teach Your Passions
Do you love baking, photography, history, film or drawing? You now have more time to share it with a little one than you did when you were raising your own kids.
8. Learn New Skills
Grandparents and grandkids can teach each other things. The learning goes both ways! Let your grandkids teach you how to use emojis appropriately or how to do the newest dance craze.
9. Gain a Best Friend
Yeah, you’ve probably uttered, “I’m your parent, not your friend” at some point. The same doesn’t have to be true for grandparents. Many kids list Grandma and Grandpa at the top of their list of best pals.
One of the best parts of being a grandparent is the sleepovers; when your favorite little kids can spend the night at your house every other weekend.
11. Priorities Are Realigned
Grandbabies and grandchildren give you the opportunity to watch them explore the world around them. Watching them learn to walk or listening to them babble takes priority over so many tasks that just aren’t as important.
12. It’s a Parenting Do-Over
Wish you were more patient when you were raising your kids? Or that you were the type of parent to spend hours working on craft projects together? Being a grandparent gives you the chance to do it again!
13. Watch Them Grow
Watching your grandchildren blossom from shy little kids to good-looking, smart, caring young adults is priceless.
14. Witness Your Kids Being Parents
A true source of joy for most grandparents is being able to watch their kids be great parents.
15. Be There to Step in If Needed
Being an involved grandparent means you’re always there to assist your family, and your grandchildren know they can count on you.
Original source of list: care.com