Taken For Granted As a Wife, Mother or Grandmother? Are We Thankful Too?

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I’m sure all you Moms can relate to this one if you have a husband…and most of us do??

 

 

For Grandmothers too, I’ll get into that a little later in the post. 😉

 

 

Your Hubby comes home from work and the second he gets inside the door, a routine question spills out of his mouth…

What’s For Supper?

Hmmm, I don’t know about you, but (sometimes, not ALL the time), I resent that simple question! Why???

Well, I don’t have children at home with me anymore, however, I get up at 5AM and workout, then…head straight to my home office and get to work. I work through the day until about 4 or 5PM.

Let me just say, I’m dragging and just plain tuckered, most of the time!!! :/ Now of course, my workload is not heavy labored, and I have a “soft and cushiony work from home job“…LOL!

Keep in mind (with the work I do online), I often get stressed out from my daily workload. Maybe I have an easy “J O B,” however, (not so easy sometimes), I’m tired just the same!

I often deal with important business decisions, transactions, refunds, dealing with my customers, and always striving to keep them happy…for the most part! It’s NOT always easy, like a lot of people seem to think. 😉

I dearly love my Hubby and would not know what I would do without him that’s for sure!! However, when he comes home from his job…his duties/jobs are done for the day.

* Let’s look at what I have to do before retiring for the night…

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I have to prepare supper
Clean up
I’m often doing laundry
I’m often paying bills
I often need to do grocery shopping

I also have to check my online workload before going to bed, so with that said; sometimes I’m up rather late trying to respond to my important clients and advertisers.

So, see how this can become resentful sometimes? Mind you…it’s not all the time that I feel this way. LOL Just those extremely tired and stressful days that the specific question of “What’s for Dinner?” can get to me. Again, love my Hubby LOTS! Just sayin… 😉

Does any of this strike a cord or ring a bell for any of you?

I know for some work at home moms or wives, their husbands help with daily chores and even with the cooking. If you are “in this category,” you are truly fortunate! Having said that, my Hubby DOES do some grilling on the weekends sometimes, and for that, I’m THANKFUL!

Geeze, I even feel a little guilty for my feelings …sometimes.

The above is from the WIFE part of me…I’ll just skip MOTHER and go straight to GRANDMOTHER.— Only because I have the greatest son and daughter-in-law who loves me unconditionally! 🙂

Grandparenting Tips and Duties

Now grandparenting could betaken for granted as well. I’m sure many grandmothers out there feel this way from time to time, do they not?

For Me…, I’m always ready and willing to babysit my grands…unless I’m unusually tired, (and that is sometimes the case), have to tend to my father, or just go see him, (that is once a week), or I’m just stressed out big time for any given reason. I love my grandkids and love spending time with them. However, I also appreciate my kids taking turns with both grandmas. 😉

The bottom line on Grandparenting…

I look at it this way…I want my grands to remember me when I’m old and (I) can’t remember them, OR…after I’m gone! That’s my major concern.

Will they remember me through all the tears and laughter?? I am working on that one, and I certainly HOPE SO!

So, you see? That’s why I’m usually eager to say “YES” to my grands!!

YES, I go through those “taking for granted” days, and also my “menopause” BOO-HOO days, however, it just boils down to…

Let me just say, and make very clear; I am so very fortunate to have the family that I have. I’m a lucky woman and Grandma, and always thankful for family and their unconditional love they show every day!

I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts, any takers? 😉

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How to Avoid Common Problems When Grandma Provides Childcare

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I very seldom post an entry from an unsolicited source, or from content that has already been posted elsewhere. However, I found this post enlightening on a growing grandparenting issue. More and more grandparents are raising their grandchildren these days. And what a GRAND job! I thought the post would benefit my readers. 🙂

From Nannyjobs.org

For many families, Grandma is the first childcare choice. Parents love the idea of a family member whom they know and trust caring for the kids. But there are challenges that automatically come with this childcare option. Here are some questions parents should think about before having Grandma care for their kids.

What type of relationship do each of you want?

Defining the relationship is the first step in making it work long term. One side may want an informal arrangement, where it feels like the grandparent simply visits often rather than provides formal care. In those cases, the primary relationship doesn’t change, it just expands a bit to include this new way of interacting.


The other side may want a more formal childcare arrangement, where the parent takes on the role of employer and the grandparent takes on the role of employee. Both sides must want the relationship to develop in the same direction, otherwise problems will quickly come up and the arrangement simply won’t work. Having mismatched ideas around this issue can also damage the core relationship, so this is a particularly important issue to tackle early on.

Where will Grandma provide care?

For some parents who want an arrangement close to nanny care, it’s important that the child is cared for in his own home. The parent wants Grandma to….

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Planning a Daytrip With Your Grandkids: How to Choose a Museum

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Some Good Grandparenting Tips

When you’ve got the grandkids for the weekend, you want to spend quality time with them, and taking them to a museum is a great way to do that. But not all museums were designed with kids in mind – pick the wrong one, and you could have some grouchy grandchildren.
Following is some advice about how to choose a museum your grandchildren will enjoy visiting.

Understand their interests

Children explore their world with their hands, so find a museum that offers hands-on activities. And remember that children of different ages will be interested in different things. For example, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has a hands-on fabrication lab – the “Wanger Family Fab Lab” that offers different workshops to appeal to different age groups. Whereas teens enjoy the 60-minute 3D printing workshop, 8-year-olds are probably better suited to the 20-minute sticker-design course.

Static History vs. Living History

Museums can help children learn about history, but only if information is presented in a way that appeals to kids. Which would your grandchildren find more interesting: A butter churn, with a sign that describes how butter used to be made, or an actor dressed in colonial attire, using the butter churn and explaining how it works? Children will almost always be more interested in a living history museum than a history museum that features stationary objects behind glass windows. And at sites like the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Oklahoma, or the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, children can wander through re-creations of authentic old villages.

Best Bet: Children’s Museums

You can find museums across the United States that were designed specifically for children. Characterized by colorful, wide open spaces and plenty of hands-on experiences, children’s museums can keep kids entertained for hours. Some of these museums have so much to offer, they can’t be adequately explored in a single day, but they make great destinations for weekend excursions.

Regularly ranking among the top museums in the U.S. – and by far the largest – the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a dinosaur exhibit called “The Dinosphere,” that allows kids to participate in fossil digs and see full-scale replicas of dinosaurs. You’d definitely need two days to cover the Dinosphere and the rest of the museum.

Plan Together

You may be perfectly content to stroll the halls of a museum for hours on end, but kids have shorter attention spans – and shorter legs – so you’ll need to plan your trip to accommodate them.

Once you’ve found a museum to take your grandchildren to, ask them to help you plan the trip. You can look at the museum’s website together and determine what exhibits they’d like to see, or what activities they’d like to do.

When you plan in advance, you’re less likely to get tangled up in fussy debates at the museum about how to spend your time. As you plan, look for nearby eateries where you can take the grandkids for lunch. (Many museums have cafes, but they tend to be a little pricy).

Finally, remember that everyone – yourself included – should wear comfortable walking shoes, because nothing ruins a day at the museum quite like aching or blistered feet!

Danielle has visited many museums throughout the U.S. that have helped her learn more about the country and its past – from the unconquered and unconquerable people of the Chickasaw Nation, to the evolution of NASA’s space program.

6 Fun Spring Activities For Kids and Grandparents to Enjoy Together

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I don’t know about you, but I’m keen on welcoming spring and summer for that matter! However, spring really IS just around the corner, no matter how you look at it. Most families and their loved ones look forward to getting outside and enjoying their gardens, barbeques and various outside parties. For kids, it’s crucial to their health, spirit and development to get out and enjoy the outdoors instead of sitting around playing video games or watching television.

I have gathered 6 spring activities that I know you and your grandkids will indeed enjoy


Visit the animals at the zoo: My grandchild LOVES animals, and I’m looking forward to visiting the zoo with him this coming spring and summer. You can make a trip to the zoo as educational as you like. It’s fun to share animal-farming tips with your grandkids and teach them how to raise chickens, horses and goats, just to name a few. Grandma personally loves the baby monkeys, however, she don’t know anything about raising them! lol

You get the idea, if your grandchild likes animals, then the zoo would be a fun and delightful trip. Make a whole day out of it and pack lunches and snacks. And you know, ice cream would be a great idea to end the day with on the way home. 🙂

Garden hunt for treasures and rewards: This can be super fun and educational as well. Just like an Easter egg hunt, you hide things, however, not eggs in a garden treasure hunt. The items can be anything your grandchildren like. A package of stickers, plastic shovels and rakes, candy, and even coins. However, don’t make a big issue out of hiding money. It’s far more fun to hide the grand’s favorite toys and things. Grandparents will have a blast with this activity as well!

Fishing day: My father loved fishing! This grandma really likes watching people fish. She was never fond of messing around with fish or the bait. lol For most people, fishing is something grandfathers and grandkids do together. However, there are many grandmothers who take a liking to fishing; just not this grandma. 😉 This also teaches your grandchildren one aspect of survival skills, and learning how people obtained their food years ago.

Cleaning out the garage: While this one may not be all that fun, it does have to be done. This is something that the whole family can participate in. Your grandchildren would enjoy this especially if you have a large sized garage and have lots of junk to go through. Maybe Grandpa has a few trinkets and tools he wishes to pass down and give up? Chances are, the garage is filled with all kinds of goodies.

Dig in the dirt and plant: All kids love playing in the dirt, well most of them, especially the boys! However, girls will love playing in the dirt to plant Grandma’s flowers. 🙂 Spring is certainly the right time for improved growth. How about sharing this with your grandkids with the beautiful colors of flowers? You can plant vegetables as well. My mother-in-law always had a nice veggie garden and my son just loved helping out. This also teaches your kids where vegetables come from. The ground of course. Don’t be afraid to get your nails all messed up Grandma!

Grandparenting camping trip: A fun camping trip will sure to be a hit with the grandkids! However, it may be a challenge for some grandparents to keep up with them. lol Ask your grands which they’d rather do, go camping or play video games? I’ll bet you 10 to 1, you will get the camping response. Camping has always been the classic summer activity. It’s also a family bonding activity with everything there is to be enjoyed. This of course, includes a huge camp fire. And yes, you HAVE to roast hot dogs and marshmallows! Camping is not camping without it.

The important thing to remember with all the outdoor activities this spring and summer has to offer is taking all the safety measures seriously. You can never be too safe or cautious. Also, have fun with your grandchildren, they won’t be young forever, nor will YOU be!

About The Author:

You can also find Tammy at her freelance writing blog. She offers writing tips, articles and much more. Tammy also offers freelance writing services.

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6 Must-Have Baby Supplies for Grandma’s House – Guest Post

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You’re a Grandma, and your grandbaby makes you smile every day. You can’t wait to feel her smooth skin next to yours as you pat her to sleep. Your experience caring for your grandbaby becomes even sweeter for you and her when you stock six must-have baby supplies in your home.


Crib

Naptime is an important ritual for most babies, and you’ll probably appreciate her downtime for a nap of your own. Simplify naptime with a crib.

When shopping for cribs, choose one that’s constructed with JPMA certified materials. It should include a comfortable mattress. Provide a sheet and blanket to help your grandbaby nap comfortably, but limit stuffed animals and oversized blankets that pose suffocation risks. Assemble the crib in a quiet room, and give your grandbaby a place where she can sleep peacefully.

Portable Play Yard

You could sit and hold your grandbaby all day, but you sometimes need a safe place to lay her down. Especially when you need a bathroom break or must walk into another room, a portable play yard protects your grandbaby.

This essential piece of furniture includes mesh sides, sturdy legs and a mattress. It won’t collapse or tip over. Whenever you need to take a quick break, confidently place your bundle of joy into this safe enclosure that protects her until you return.

Booster Seat

As soon as your grandbaby eats solid foods, she’s ready for a booster seat. It straps securely onto your kitchen chairs and folds for easy storage. It includes a 3-point safety harness, machine washable chair pad and dishwasher safe tray.

As your grandbaby grows, she can pick up small pieces of food you place on the tray and feed herself. The chair also serves as an activity center where she can safely sit and play with toys while you prepare lunch.

Toys

Most babies love brightly colored toys that make noise. Set aside a few toys your grandbaby can easily hold in her hand. Make sure the toys include baby-safe materials and no sharp edges.

You may also consider storing a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Spare favorite toys provide your grandbaby with the comforts of home as she spends quality time with grandma. 🙂

Bathtub

Every grandma knows that mealtime can be messy time. Give baby a bath, and clean her up before play or nap time. Just remember to buy the same brand of baby soap and shampoo that your grandbaby uses at home, and prevent painful and itchy rashes on her sensitive skin.

Baths are also great for calming fussy babies, as part of a bedtime routine or after a diaper mess. You’ll both be grateful for the bathtub that freshens your grandbaby any time of day.

First Aid Kit

Sick babies long for their moms, and you may occasionally be caring for your grandbaby when she’s not feeling well. Stock a supply of infant first aid products. It will include items that provide physical comfort when baby doesn’t feel her best.

thermometer

infant pain reliever and fever reducer

gripe water

teething cream

diaper rash ointment

The joy of being a grandma is almost incomparable to any other experience. When your grandbaby visits, enjoy your time and keep her safe and comfortable with six must-have baby supplies. With these items, you will both enjoy your precious time together.

About The Author

Danielle writes on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. Her sister keeps a full size crib at her mom’s house, but Danielle is considering getting them a fold-away crib that takes up less space for Christmas.

Going To Be Grandma Again!

 

 

 

Yes! I’M GOING TO BE GRANDMA AGAIN! I had to type it out big and bold so I could see it really good. It’s just so hard to believe cause this grandma stuff is happening so, so fast…however, I love it!! 🙂

I have a grandson, and now God, I’d really like a granddaughter so I can dress her up in frilly clothes and do just girl stuff with. That would be so very cool! But if You see fit to give us another grandson, that would be cool too! =)

Not sure why I’m praying at this late notice…it’s already set in stone!! LOL 😉

SERIOUSLY, I really don’t care what we get…just as long as the baby is happy and healthy

Here’s a little something I put together, hope you enjoy it. lol lol

A grandmother prays for her grandkids

A grandmother holds, cradles and rocks

A grandmother sews her grandkid’s Halloween costumes…It’s coming! lol 🙂

A grandmother plays soccer and baseball with her grandkids 😮 HUH??

A grandmother plays hide and seek with her grandkids

A grandmother shows no favoritism

A grandmother teachers her grandkids how to bake cupcakes

A grandmother cries when she’s by herself because her grandson loves Papa more than Amma…no not really lol 😉

A grandmother never says “no” about keeping her grandkids overnight

A grandmother teaches her grandkids how to say, “I love my Grandma and my Grandma loves me.” 🙂

A grandmother kisses the hurts and boo-boos

A grandmother looks way beyond the outbursts and temper tantrums

And most importantly — she loves unconditionally! 🙂 🙂

 

More Craft Content :: What’s On My Plate :: Priorities

 

 

 

 

Hello there 🙂

This post has been a long time coming. This past year sure has been a busy one! Been a little too busy for me. My time has been split in way too many directions. I’ll be making some important decisions between now and January!

What’s Been On My Plate?

 

* This Blog – My Pride and Joy, It’s a Keeper! 🙂 A PRIORITY

 

* My First WAH Website, It’s Been My Baby Since 2005 – Not Sure???


* My Other Dust Collecting WAH Website, It’s Going! 🙂

* My Craft Blog, It’s Going! 🙁 Not Enough Time!

* Content Writing For Sites and Blogs – I Have to Keep This Going to Keep my Head Above Water! 😉 A PRIORITY

 

* Writing For Clients – This Is Definitely Something I Want To Keep Doing and, Even More Of It In 2013! 🙂
* Hubby – Definitely a Keeper! LOL… AND Need To Give Him More Of My Time!


* Laundry – No Comment!


* Cleaning – No Comment!


* Finances – No Comment!


* Me Time – Definitely a Lot More Of This in 2013!! A PRIORITY lol

 

* New Website (In The Thinking Stage) – Yes, I’m dwelling on another website. IF I decide to go ahead with it, this one will be for My Freelance and Ghostwriting Services, and Writing Opportunities in General. (Maybe) A PRIORITY

 

* Being A Grandmother – THIS ONE’S A KEEPER FOR SURE!!!! I have awesome news…however, I can’t broadcast this yet!! LOL

 

Our vacation in December will definitely put some needed perspective on everything

 

A Note About My Craft Blog – The blog itself is going soon. However, I will keep most of the content that’s on it by transferring it on This Blog.

 

So we’ll see what’s ahead for the coming year?? A lot could happen between now and then! lol

 

However, stay tuned Here for sure for new stuff I have planned for 2013.

 

Giveaways :: Reviews :: Crafts :: Grandparenting Tips :: Parenting Tips :: Recipes :: and much more!

 

Have an awesome day! 😉

4 Quick Tips on Being a Better Grandparent

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting Tips…You can follow the best tips out there about being a good grandparent, however, are those the right ones for you? Every child and grandparent is different. We are all unique individuals =)

Always follow your gut instincts. Of course this is true for general parenting as well. However, for grandparents, they have a little more experience, (especially if they’ve raised a big family). A grandparent’s instincts are usually good ones. For me personally with raising just one child, I’ve learned a world of knowledge through my experience. Would I have done things differently? You bet, for a lot of things, I would and some others, I would not.


So Grandmas, lean on your experience and always trust your own gut instincts. For the most part, they usually end up being the right choices.

Listen to your grandchildren. I mean, REALLY listen to them. Spend quality time with your grandkids and take extra special time and listen to their opinions and feelings about life, their self esteem and also how they react to you and what you have to say. And most importantly, respect THEIR feelings.

Respect your children’s wishes regarding discipline. Hey, this is a huge one! I don’t care how much you have to bite your tongue and swallow everything that wants to come out of your mouth when it comes to disciplining your grandchildren.

Have a talk with your kids and always, always respect their wishes about various discipline issues. And spanking happens to be one of those things. Times have sure changed since I’ve raised my child. For most of the new parenting generation, spanking is not a disciplinary choice. There are various alternatives to spanking. You really need to have a heart to heart conversation with your kids, and follow their wishes.

Reach out to other grandparents. This can benefit both you and your grandkids. Joining a grandparent’s group is one way of reaching out to other grandparents that have been through it all. Participate in conversations and take notes. You also may come away from some of the meetings with a new friend or two.

A grandparent’s job is sometimes challenging, just as normal parenting is. There is a learning curve to both parenting and grandparenting. Above are just 4 general grandparenting tips. I’m sure you can find more by following them, and also doing a search on Google.com.

Tammy is a passionate blogger. You can find more grandparenting tips and articles by Tammy Here

Half a Dozen Important Things I’ve Learned As A New Grandma

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting duties are a blessing to me. I know there is a little handsome and smart boy who needs my help with raising, disciplining, and YES, loving him!! It’s an honor having the title of Grandparent. However, I’ve learned so very much from being one. I would love to share them with you all 🙂

 

However, first I want to say that all Grandmothers deserve a medal of honor! 😉 lol

 

Below are 6 things I’ve learned about being a Grandmother

1. Bite that tongue – I’ve been doing a lot of this! As I’m sure a large portion of Grandparents do this. It’s only nature that most Grandparents would like to continue with what they knew per se, 25 to 30 years in the past.

You will find out rather quickly that you want to blurt out various things to your grandchildren and your kids while enjoying and disciplining your Grands. And I’m not talking about bad things; I’m talking about all those old fashioned rules and ideas that us Grandmas still hold dear to our hearts! Times sure have changed! 😉

2. Certain expectations fall by the wayside – You are in for many, many surprises being a Grandma. What you expect to happen doesn’t AND what you don’t expect DOES happen! lol And everything in between. Boy was I wrong with what I had in mind after my first grandbaby arrived. All children start to develop their little personalities in the womb. While some challenging behavior can be corrected once your grandchild is 1 1/2 years old to 2 years. However, remember that most of their personality is forming before they are born.

I also expected to be able to do my online work while watching my grandson full time. Didn’t happen! I even had the cradle that my Dad made for my son in my office. Didn’t happen! My little guy constantly wanted to be entertained. I ended up watching him for approximately 6 months and then Mom gave up her job and talked my son into letting her stay home full time. My Daughter-In-Law wanted to stay home with him from day one!

Just a warning, if you’re reading this article, and you are in the same boat I was in, be prepared.


3. It’s much easier to babysit your grandchildren at their homes – Wow this is for sure 100% true! Well, think about it; your grandkids have all their toys, bed, favorite foods etc at their home. To disrupt that, it may rock the boat somewhat when it comes to their behavior. They also sleep much better when at home. I have learned this many times over! Some kids just don’t sleep good when away from home. However, some do. Every child is different.

4. Patience is still a definite virtue – My mother was the most patient person I’ve ever known. She always spent time with me when I needed her. Practicing patience is something that should be on all parent’s wanna-be list. It should be your number one priority. Children didn’t come with convenient and simple instructions. Life is not that simple. As new parents; you will need to spend time with your kids and bond with them. Spend quality time with them and teach the same things that were taught to you…only give your kids a lot more indepth teachings along with long-suffering patience. Your children will appreciate and remember this!

Well, you know that all that holds true for grandmothers. When your Grands are screaming “Mamma and Dadda!” You need to be patient with them; as with any other behavior.

5. Never forget that your grandchildren ARE NOT actually your children – That may be challenging for some grandparents to read or hear. Well, in a way they are. However, us Grandparents don’t have the final say about various rules, discipline, religion, and so many other things. We need to sit back and let Mom and Dad do their own thing. Although whatever the situation; some grandparents create their own recipes for disaster and step in too far. I DON’T want to be that type of Grandma! My kids are quite intelligent adults, and our grandkids will be nothing short of smart, compassionate and responsible adults.

6. Being Grandma isn’t always easy – Grandma, you’re in for a wild ride with your new role! You will get your feelings hurt more times that you can count. This is especially true when they get to the age where they know that Mom and Dad is indeed their Mom and Dad. And they know it when they leave. Grandma, are you able to calm your little one and soothe the hurt? Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. This is what I’ve learned myself. I sure wish I had a dollar everytime I’ve heard, (through real crocodile tears) “Where Mamma and Dadda at??” 🙁

When I first became a grandmother, I daydreamed about my little guy sleeping peacefully in his crib that we have in our home. Well, that sure didn’t happen. Maybe a couple of times. However, most of the time, he ended up sleeping with both Amma and Pappa. Don’t you just love the “Amma?” =) lol

Another thing that I was looking forward to was taking my grandson to various places…out to eat, or to the grocery store. Guess what!? That has yet to happen. Us Grandparents have NOT taken him anywhere by ourselves yet.

Through all the crying and sleepless nights, I’m proud to say that becoming Grandma is still the best experience I’ve had throughout my life. 🙂

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Venturing Abroad with your Grandchildren – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

If you consider yourself a globe trotter whose adventures aren’t diminished by age, consider adding a new element to your trip the next time you head out on a trek – your grandchildren. By traveling with your grandchildren, you can reap the benefits of ample bonding time and allow them to get to know you better, as traveling fosters relationship development. If you elect to brave this adventure, put some thought into your travel planning to ensure that all goes off as well as possible.

Talk About the Trip

The prospect of heading off on any trip is often exciting to children. The idea of venturing abroad with grandma is likely even more thrilling than the norm. Put some effort into preparing your grandchildren for what they will encounter by talking to them about the trip well in advance of departure. Show them pictures of the land they will visit and tell them stories about times you may have visited in the past. If they will encounter a culture decidedly different from the one to which they are accustomed, explain how the way of life is different so they are better prepared to acclimate themselves to the culturally distinctive practices of people who live in that country.


Organize Insurance

As a responsible grandmother, you know the importance of covering all the bases. While you certainly hope that neither you nor your grandchildren will fall ill while traveling, you should prepare for this possibility to be on the safe side. As you plan your trip, research and purchase medical insurance that will cover you and your grandchildren abroad. Buy a policy tailored to youngsters for your grandchildren and a travel medical insurance policy for seniors to ensure you’re properly covered. To further prepare for any medical issues you may encounter, ask your child to compose a letter permitting you to make healthcare decisions for your grandchildren while on this trip, and have this document notorized. This will ensure that, should something happen, you can make potentially important decisions without delay.

Prepare an Itinerary

Planning is essential to ensuring that your grandma/grandchildren trip goes off without a hitch. Instead of allowing the wind to take you where it will, decide upon a set itinerary for your travel well in advance of your departure. Leave copies of this itinerary with your son or daughter so he or she can keep track of where you will be taking his or her child as you travel around a foreign country. If you deviate substantially from the itinerary, let someone know to ensure that no one panics unnecessarily should you not arrive at a planned destination as listed on your pre-trip travel plan.

Be a Strict Hand-Holder

From traversing the walkways of busy airports to navigating the city streets of whatever foreign metropolis you decide to visit, there will be ample occasion during your travel for you to lose track of your grandchildren. The easiest way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is for you to be insistent that your grandchildren hold your hand constantly. Any time you are not safely in a hotel room or buckled, as a group, into a plane or train seat, require that these rambunctious and easily distracted youngsters hold tight to your hand, eliminating the possibility that they get distracted and wander off.

Be Ready for Homesickness

Regardless of how close a relationship you have with your grandchildren, there will almost certainly come a time in your trip overseas where they long for home. Don’t allow this to catch you off guard. Instead, be prepared. Pack a little toy that you can give to your homesick travel companion when he mentions his desire to get back home. This small kind gesture will likely make a major difference for your grandchild, as it will give him something positive upon which to focus the energy he was previously dedicating to missing mom and dad.

With some planning and preparation, as well as precautions while you are traveling, you can turn your next vacation into a relationship-building escape with your grandchildren. By stepping up to the plate and taking on this challenge, you will have the chance to create a closer relationship than might previously have seemed possible with these oh-so-important-to-you tots.

Danielle always thought that travel medical insurance for seniors wasn’t important until her grandmother got into a life-threatening car crash while in Germany. She survived, thanks to the immediate care she received at the hospital while overseas, and has since returned with her grandchildren nine times.