Thursday, 29 September 2016

Grandparents Save Lives. Fact.

When I was younger and I thought about being a Mum firstly I always pictured that the Dad would be Gary Barlow and secondly I presumed we would be our own tiny unit. That we would be a happy family who didn't really need anyone else. That everything would be perfect and we would be an invincible team. I think that lasted all of an hour before I phoned my own parents up crying that I couldn't cope. And? It's been pretty much like that ever since.

My Mum is on the end of the line when a mysterious rash appears on an elbow or the dreaded nits pop up on a tiny head. My Dad is there if I'm beside myself as my son has decided he hates nursery. They have become a life line. Without my parents selflessly giving up two days a week of their retirement time I wouldn't have ever been able to afford to go part time. Which is something I so dearly wanted to do. By them losing some of their time it means that I get time with my kids that really is a luxury.

I'm not saying they are perfect. Nanny often has a Frozen chocolate bar tucked away in her handbag which frustrates the hell out of me. And every time Granddad passes any kind of machine that requires £1 he caves in almost immediately and lets them have a go. Sleepovers at their house are often accompanied by them getting out a candy floss machines (yes seriously they got a candy floss machine). Christmas and birthdays are full of over the top presents and gestures.

But that's what being a Grandparent is all about isn't it? Watching how much my Mum and Dad adore my children has made me excited for the future. Where I can spoil, love and hug till they can't be hugged anymore, my own Grandkids. So on October 2nd when it is National Grandparents Day I want them to know how much they have meant to me and my family.

Without you I wouldn't have been able to have spent the time I so desperately wanted to with my small children. My husband wouldn't have been able to watch the latest Batman film whilst you watched them and I slept in the cinema. My children wouldn't have been able to have had the best and most loving part time carers ever. I will let the Frozen chocolate and £1 coins pass as long as you promise to keep on loving them both forever as much as you do today.

This post was written in collaboration with Families 


  1. Oh hell, this made me cry! Am blaming pregnancy hormones and picturing my own retired parents going nuts over their first grandchild. I can't blinking wait! (Hope you're starting to feel a bit better?) x

  2. Got me again �� My parents took me & my boy in when my husband had decided we had ruined his life (yes that's right!!) they are so amazing to all of their grandchildren I would be lost without their unconditional support & love, God I'm blarting again!!!!

  3. That's so lovely! I know I would be completely lost without my parents' support, even now. And having given up looking after my kids regularly a couple of years ago, they're now doing it all over again with my niece and nephew.

  4. As a grand parent myself I look upon it as an absolute joy to spend time with my grandson. I was the first person to hold him and have loved him from that very first moment. My daughter suffered from PND quite badly after having him and our Harry was a 'difficult' baby from the very start, he was happy being carried but miserable being put down. I have helped her from the beginning and 7 years down the line I think we are doing quite a good job with him, he is thoughtful, loving and kind. I do spoil him a bit we both love the lego so while he makes the figures I build the cars, I do get told by my daughter that he has too much lego :) . He means the world to me and I cherish all the time I get to spend with him.

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