What It Takes To Be A Grandparent

A grandchild is usually involved in this equation. For me… it was James…who arrived late last year.


For some people, grand-parenting is being a wise confidant, trusted guide, and frequently sympathetic ear for a younger person. You needn’t be related by blood to be a grandparent.

Growing up, my Grandparents lived on the other side of the country, so my memories of them are few and their influence on my life was virtually non existent. I’m just now beginning to realize what we all missed.


I’m pretty sure there is a holiday or occasion one could celebrate every day of the year. Sunday, September 7 happens to be National Grandparents Day, which has been celebrated since 1978.

Before this little fellow entered my life, I always considered this  holiday” a rather dumb, Hallmark invention.

What it Takes to be a Grandparent

Now that I realize the impact a grandchild can make on your life, and vice versa, I’m embracing this day…minus the cheesy cards. Sorry Hallmark.

There’s actually an official flower for the U.S. National Grandparents day…The Forget-Me-Not. I know this falls squarely into the category of too much information, but just in case you wondered…

Were you close to your grandparents while you were growing up?

Has being a grandparent had a profound impact on you?


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  1. Paulette Levy
    June 11, 2020 / 7:18 am

    I grew up near both grandmothers and one grandad until age 10 when he passed away. My other grandfather died suddenly when I was two months old. So, birth grandmothers were a key part of my life growing up…..they each lived into their 90s and were strong women. Not sure I’ll measure up.

  2. Annette
    September 8, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    My grandmother was a huge part of my life. I went to college near her home and spent many weekends with her. Now that I am almost 60, and she has been gone for 25 years, I realize the little things she was teaching me and I didn’t even know it at the time. I have made many decisions based on what she would say about saving money, planning for the future and know she would be proud of my choices. I am so thankful to have some of her antiques in my house and think about her all the time.

    • Jennifer
      September 8, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      You’re blessed, Annette. But I sense you know that! Memories are golden and you sound like you have a rich collection.

  3. June 25, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    i wasn’t close to my grandparents either, and my mother was a difficult grandparent to my children. I’ve had to chart my own course. My grandkids live more than 400 miles away so I’ve tried to develop a special interest to share with each of them–something that will make them feel special and that will give me an easy ice-breaker topic to get conversation going. One of the big impacts of grandparenting is the additional warmth and closeness in my relationship with the parents of my Grands–my own children and their spouses..

    • Jennifer
      June 25, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      That sounds like a great way to involve them. I’m so lucky to live close to my little guy and try to see him as often as possible.

  4. June 25, 2015 / 8:03 am

    My grandmother was the center of my life as a child. So sweet, caring and nurturing. I think about her first when something big happens in my life. She made a lasting and loving difference in my life.

    • Jennifer
      June 25, 2015 / 4:26 pm

      You’re blessed to have had that relationship!

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