This past Sunday was Grandparents Day, and although I did not have a chance to post about it then, I have been thinking for some time about how much I learn from my children’s grandparents. Grandparents teach me how to be a better parent. It is so important to let my kids get to know them, and I’m grateful for their love and examples. Here are three of the best things I learn from my parents and in laws that I’m grateful for.
Patience. It is true that it may be easier to be patient when you know that the frustrating child will return home at the end of the day. But still, when a child is taking forever to do something, it is hard to keep patient. My parents and in-laws do it. And my children and I love them for it!
Priorities. My children’s grandparents remind me that the silly spills, messes, and chaos of childhood will not last. Their kind words to my children help them understand unconditional love they have for them. It helps to see those priorities
Example. My children’s grandparents give time in religious service. My parents are serving in Nicaragua for an extended length of time. My in-laws lead, visit others, and care for those who need. What a great example they are to my parents of unselfish Christ-like service! I am so grateful that their example shines brightly for my kids to see.
As the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.” I am grateful for the actions of our grandparents to help me keep parenting in perspective!