The Greatest Job on Earth is Being a Grandparent

My sweet grandbabies!
My sweet grandbabies! | Source

I have officially had the greatest job on earth handed to me wrapped in a blanket 4 times! Being a grandparent is the greatest! It is all the joy of having children without all the responsibilities of raising them. You hold them, love them, even spoil them and send them home! It's all good! Mind you it has its pressure points, but it is so very worth it. My daughter has 4 children of her own and 2 stepsons. That officially makes me Nana of 6 sweet kiddos! My two sons are not yet parents, so there will definitely be more of them, so I should be happily employed for a nice, long time. They each have their own wonderful personalities and activities that they love, but when it all comes down to it, they all have me.

My job as grandparent requires many really cool things. I am required to shop for amazing presents for birthdays and holidays. I also have to attend all functions, clap at all performances louder than anyone else, and take their side in every parent-child battle. I get to see all the kid movies in the theater and buy and watch them at home (sometimes without children) whenever I want. No one cares, I have grandkids. It is my job to snicker and even laugh out loud when they say something outrageously obnoxious off-the-cuff. I get to fill my purse with junk food for them to mooch during church or at the mall. Best of all I am required to let them stay up late watching T.V. which is against all parental laws!

Having the job of grandparent has only one requirement: having a child who has a child of his/her own. That's it. Grandparents can be big or small, short or tall, young or old. It doesn't matter what you look like or what you wear. There is no uniform required. You can dress frumpy and bake cookies or dress street chic and shop! Kids don't care. You are immediately theirs. "Nana will let me," "Nana will take me," "Nana will go," are all phrases I have heard out of the mouths of my sweet little granddaughters when at war with their mother. They are right!! I am at their mercy. After all, I work for them. They pay me in kisses, hugs and unconditional love. I do not have to be cool. I am Nana. It is amazing!

They tell me what presents to buy, what clothes they like and where they like to eat. Yes, it is a direct hint (and assumption) that I am expected to take and run with. I am smart enough to follow through with these subliminal directives - after all, I love my job! I plan to keep it! They tell me what I need to have at my house to eat, play with and watch on video. It is great. My job expectations are laid out 100% of the time. I can never fail, because...they love me. I am Nana. I am allowed complete forgiveness for failures. It is forgiven and completely forgotten, instantly. If I do something too ridiculous, it is filed under the "that's my Nana" and it is okay with everyone. I love it!

I realize that once one of them is over 12 years of age it may all change. Adolescence has a way of changing children into strangers, but I have seen my children follow in my footsteps and evolve into grandparent adoration which has continued to last throughout their teens and early adulthood. I hope my grand-babies will continue to follow suit. My grandparents were awesome....they did their jobs well. They adored me unconditionally, encouraging me to be and do anything every step of the way. I grew up pretty good, so they must have been successful! There may come a time that I have to look my grandchildren in the eye and tell them to be sure to grow up to be responsible adults. My grandparents did. I will need to make sure they know that the most important thing in their life is to have a relationship with the Lord. Other than that, my grandparents pretty much left all my education and raising to my parents. They were Granny, Grandpa, Granny and Grandad. They were good examples. They took care of their families, their homes, and their finances. They all set an example of faith in God and participation in church. They left a legacy of raising their own children well. My parents DOTED on my kids as well! My mom made sure they had all the really great stuff to eat and my dad made sure all their stuff worked (all the time). Today, my children will call my parents and ask, "Grampa, how do I .....," "Gramma, how do you make....." and, from time to time, I still hear, "Gramma would let me."

During my divorce and before I remarried, my parents sometimes were called up to to be that "other parent." My ex was not around nor participating during the children's school years. That was the hardest time for the children to be "parent deficient." I must commend my parents for not losing their grandparent glory while helping me co-parent my children. They worked hard to maintain the spoiling factor while working at keeping my children in balance as well. I hope I can live up to the legacy they have laid before me. My grandbabies are still small, well... most of them are kinda small. They are 5 months, 2, 5, and 6 and my step grandsons are 9 and 11. I still have time to become timeless with them. The girls are set, they even call me when visiting their dad in Texas, the baby boys are still little and I have only begun with them. My new step grandsons have other grandparents who are golden already, so I am testing out who I get to be with them. The job requirements are evolving with them. I will learn it over time, but they are gracious enough to let me hug and kiss on them the same as I do the others. They know I am good for that all the time! Maybe that is all they need....there are always jobs open for extra huggers. No applications required. Still... the greatest job on earth is being a grandparent.


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  • LOVE IT! Best job ever!!
  • It's good, but a lot of work!
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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

I still have a ways to go before I join the grandparent club, my kids are aged 2,6 and 9. I definitely see all of the advantages as you've described them.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Enjoy your kids while they are little...tomorrow you will be a grandparent (so it seems!) and will miss these times of controlled chaos!! Thanks for the great comment!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Oh prektjr.dc! You're such a fabulous grandmother! I don't think I'd fill the role half so well as you do. Lovely Hub!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Simone,

Thank you for your gracious praise! It is so easy, I am sure you will flourish as a grandparent! God Bless and thanks again!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Your spirit resonates with joy as you share your experiences as a grandparent. This made me miss my grandma...hugs to you and all the grandparents in the world!

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Yeehaaa...time to celebrate with a jig! Call the grand kids to join... :D


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Congratulations on becoming a grandparent! Also, congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. As for me, not only am I not a grandparent-I am only 35-I am not a parent either. I am, however, cat mummy!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

ripplemaker,

Thank you for your generous compliments! I agree the celebration dance is our favorite!!

Flora,

Thanks also, I think sometimes being a cat parent is harder work! They definitely have minds of their own!! All in due time!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I agree, the best job in the world is being a grandparent. I wouldn't trade it for anything.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals,

It truly is our reward for surviving parenthood! Thanks for reading!


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

This was a positively heart warming hub! I have two small children of my own and love watching them with their grandparents. It is absolutely magical. Congrats on the job of grandparenting well done and congrats on your nomination!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

cardelean,

Thank you for the gracious compliments and the congratulations! Enjoy your children for they grow up all too quickly!


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

Though I'll never get to be a grandparent, it's heart-warming to see what a great one you are and how much you enjoy it.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

WannaB Writer,

Oh, how sweet you are! Thank you for your compliment! It is a wonderful thing, but you can always make contact with a local school and many will allow people to stand in for children who do not have extended family members nearby as "adopted" grandparents! They are just as important! Kids just need spoiling! Thanks again for your comment!


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I could have written this hub myself...although my job as Grammy is still fairly new...my grandsons are still both under two...I think I fulfill all the requirements - I spoil them, let them eat what they want, stock the kitchen with their favorite foods, buy them anything they tell me they want, and take their sides at all times. Now, I know you think differently, but I have the two best grandsons in the world! I have two more children, so I expect many more grandchildren in my future...

Thanks for writing this!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

justateacher,

Well...welcome to the spoilers club!! Thanks for the great comment and enjoy those grandbabies, sounds like you have the job secure! God Bless!


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bjarena 5 years ago from Conesus, NY

I agree completely!!! My grandson is turning 1 on Friday and he is just the best part of my life right now!! I can't wait to see him every week...it is true--I am addicted to him. I was only able to have one son so I will have to be happy with as many as my son and his wife can have!!My sweet grandson spent 5 days in the NIC Unit after he was born but he is perfect now and the love of my life!!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

The NIC unit is a scary start! So glad he is healthy now! It really is an addiction! A good one! God bless and thanks for commenting!


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Roy Perrin 5 years ago from Jacksonville, NC

Unfortunately I had no grandparents growing up, but I see how my children are with their grandparents and I am looking forward to it someday. My wife tells me I missed out on a lot of GREAT experiences. So for now I try to do the spoiling when I'm not having to be Dad. My kids and I love to bake (sugar cookies are easy and not too messy) and other things like fishing and wrestling around and of course the obligatory cartoons.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Roy,

Your wife is right, you have missed out, but it sounds like you are well on your way to preparing to be a rocking grandpa! Being an interactive dad, you are way ahead of the curve! Grandparenting is more fun and much easier! Keep it up!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I so agree with you - I love being a grandparent. My happiest times are when I am with my grandchildren. I have twelve now, and they are all so unique and amazing. I have one grandchild with spina bifida and she is in a wheelchair. My children make sure I am part of my grandchildren's lives and I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy this time of my life. Thanks for your well-written hub.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

elayne001,

Wow...12!!! How wonderful!! That is entirely possible with my bunch too! Thank you for your compliment! God Bless!


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melodyandes 5 years ago

How touching your hub, prektj.dc. I enjoyed reading. THanks for sharing.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

melody,

Thank you for reading. I am glad you enjoyed it! Everyday I love this job more! They are such a gift! God bless!

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