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  • Writer's pictureBarbara Mayfield, MS, RDN, LD, FAND

What would my grandkids say?

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Barb and Joe Mayfield with four grandkids

This week we have had the pleasure of watching two of our four grandkids – Micah, age 4, and Emily, age 2. In the photo, they are the girl I am holding and the boy in back. The other two are their cousins, Isaiah and Maddie.

Our daughter is in Italy on a business trip and our son-in-law is also traveling for work. This is one of the reasons we retired – to be available to watch our grandkids. Not every week, but for special occasions like this.

As I have spent most of my week in the presence of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on wisdom from their point of view.

“Growl at big brother’s scary toys”

Micah loves to terrorize his little sister, Emily, with his Black Panther toy that lights up and makes scary noises. Emily has learned that if she growls at it and makes a scary face back, instead of running away and screaming, her brother stops antagonizing her.

That just might work when something in our lives feels scary and makes us anxious – growl back.

“Banks let you withdraw… suckers”

A walk with the double stroller around our fine city of Delphi is on the agenda every day and includes a trip to the bank where they give out suckers. Each day we decide which flavor we want and they are very accommodating.

Sweets, in small portions, can be so delightful.

“Walks help you know your neighbors”

Speaking of walks, there’s no better way to get acquainted with your neighbors than to chat while out for a stroller ride. You might even get invited for a play date.

Who could you visit with while out for a walk?

“Naps are nice… take one every day”

We are blessed that our daughter’s children still take long naps. Reading a familiar story and singing a song are part of the routine, as is a favorite blanket and stuffed toy.

It is amazing what a nap does for everyone’s frame of mind.

“Picking up toys is more fun with a good attitude”

This has been a major win this week. What started as a chore with much whining has become a task that ends with, “And I didn’t complain”!

What do you need to do that needs an attitude adjustment?

Grandparenting is such a privilege. For those still in the parenting trenches, may you one day be blessed with your children’s children.

“Children are the living message we send to a time we will not see.” ~ John M. Whitehead

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