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Extreme Grandparenting: It's Not For The Weak Of Heart

Updated on January 2, 2015
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An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly. ~Gene Perret

If You Give A Grandparent a Kid ...

What do grandparents want? A grandchild. And if you give a grandparent a grandchild, chances are they are going to want another one.

My sister and her husband love children and miss their own who have all flown the nest quite some time ago. Recently, they had the privilege of watching not just one of their grandchildren but four while their daughter was away on a personal trip. They were overjoyed to have these little ones under their roof and looking forward to spending some quality time together. The children, ages eighteen months to five years old, were also looking forward to enjoying some fun times with their grandpa and nana.

I will be the first to admit that I love having my grandchildren visit in my home on any day of the week. We always have a great time together and all too soon it comes to an end. However, the more grandkids you have in the home, the greater the escapade. And, chances are it will just keep going on and on.

Here is the true story of that wonderful undertaking in their lives.

The Adventure Begins!

10:00 am: Nana asks, Amber, the five year old, to put the toys away. The task was easy enough for any preschooler, she simply had to dump them into the large cardboard box in the kitchen. Twenty minutes later, Nana wonders, "what is taking the child so long?" She wanders into the kitchen to see Amber "arranging" them within the box by size, color and type. Oh, for heavens sake!

11:00 am: As the family heads out for a ride, Grandpa asks Colby, who is four, to help baby brother into the car while he helps the girls with their seat belts. He hears laughter and squealing behind him in the yard. He glances quickly to see what is happening and catches Colby rolling the baby like a sausage to the van. Grandpa, who is perturbed, asks, "What on earth are you doing?" Colby responds, "Helping him. It's faster this way and look ... he likes it!"

2:00 pm: Grandma makes a big bowl of mashed potatoes for the children to use as a sensory experience. She sits them down outside at the picnic table, gives them each a mound of fluff on a baking pan and tells them to make animal sculptures. She sits down on a lawn chair and just watches, thankful for the forty minutes of peace. (Of course, the next time they are served mashed potatoes at home, their mom may wonder why the kids are flinging it around the dinner table.)

4:00 pm: Grandma decides to teach them to appreciate God's creation: trees are meant to be loved. She shows them how she hugs trees and talks to them. The neighbors wonder what in the world is going on when they see her and all the kids hugging the trees in the backyard, and in the front yard, and then on down the street. It's such a spiritual thing!

7:00 pm: Note: If you tell a four year old to go use the bathroom, make sure they know how to unlock the door first. Trying to describe words like "counterclockwise" doesn't really click with them. Also, after you talk them out of the bathroom, make sure the door is unlocked before they shut it. Taking the door off its hinges is another hour's work. (And, getting a turn in the one bathroom available when you have four extra little visitors is rare!)

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The Final Adventure

The next morning they planned a trip to the park. The grandparents thought it was a great way to pass the time and the grandkids loved being outdoors. When they pulled up to the park, the kids were ready to roll. The older girls, Amber and Chloe, along with their brother, Colby, were unloaded and told to go play on the swings. Grandpa turned to get the picnic basket while Grandma unbuckled the baby. Now, it takes them just a minute to do this. What could happen? Let's count the kids: one, two... where is three?

Thus begins the frantic scan of the play area for, Chloe, number three. Nothing in sight. They begin to ask people if they've seen her. With the other kids in tow, and six other people, they begin to search the area, The posse grows as they comb the playground. Finally, someone spies her about 100 yards in the distance walking across a grassy area.

As they explained to Chloe how worried they were about her being lost, she told them that she didn't even realize she was! She was looking for trees to hug. (Mom forgot to mention that Chloe had a tendency to wander off.) Thus, the makeshift, rope harness was designed. The rest of the day as they walked, the kids lined up as follows: Colby first, Amber next, baby Toby held in Grandpa's arms, and Chloe last, harnessed to Nana.

The following day, neighbors and friends read in the news about a drunken couple who was arrested at a local liquor store. The police were called to intervene because they had harnessed the four kids to the roof of the car. They told the officers, "we just thought the kids would enjoy the ride and it was quicker this way."

My sister and her huband received calls from concerned neighbors and friends wondering if all was OK at home with them. They mentioned the news article and were just making sure that the grandkids had not driven them to drinking... to tell you the truth, even I had a moment when I thought the same! Nah, couldn't be. Could it? We had a lot of laughs on that one!

Grandparenting Tips

Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance.
- Milton R Sapirstein

Grandparenting is a special privilege and so enjoyable. Most of the time we will be in control and spend many hours playing with our grandchildren and teaching them interesting facts about life. When your grandchildren announce that they will be coming to spend some time with you, here's how you can prepare for the visit. It will ensure a happy, safe time for everyone:

  • Have a previsit with kids in your home; This is a good time to give them a tour of the house and yard. Show them where they will be staying.
  • Read a book with them, or tell a story. Have them enjoy a light snack or meal with you so they get a feel for what is expected at the table.
  • Ask parents about kids' behaviour, and anything you should be aware of such as allergies, medicine, food preferences and discipline procedures.
  • Establish a routine early on: bedtime, playtime, and meals
  • Make sure you are provided the basic equipment that will ensure the children's safety such as car seats, high chairs, play pens and cribs.
  • Enlist other family members or good friends to assist if needed in preparing meals, playing with children and running errands.

"Extreme Grandparenting" can prove to be worthwhile, but it does require a strong heart, good mindset and a sense of humor. I think my sister and her husband had some interesting challenges by taking on four grandchildren at one time, but in the end it all came out well. It will be one adventure that will be discussed at family reunions for years to come!



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      Tracey Walsh 19 months ago from WINDSOR LOCKS, CT

      I enjoyed your look at grandparenting. It is as it should be as a grandparent. Grandchildren should be pleased and excited to spend time with Nana and Grandpa. I am more fortunate than some as all but one grandchild lives locally. On the other hand, there is a growing, maybe even epidemic wave of grandchildren being raised by their grandparents. Two of my four grandchildren are under my care and have been a third of their lives so far. Unfortunately, we both miss out on the excitement to spend time together as grandparent and grandchildren. Thank you for sharing the adventure.

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Aww what a lovely hub, all my grandparents are very caring i love them so much, that's why they have ''grand'' in front of parents hehe :) thanks again

      Lee

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Yes I am a proud grandparent too! I think that with our first children we learn trial and error , and so by the time we have grandchildren we are more wiser and patient

      And sometimes accused of tolerance of our grands , great hub! and a unique subject ! Thanks again.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      If I had know grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them FIRST!

      Someone gave me a little plaque that says, "If Mama says no, just ask Grandma".

      I love being a Grandma! Voted this up, etc. and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Very cute! I especially like the tree hugging. My mother enjoys some of her grandchildren a lot more than others. Some are downright adorable while others are squawky and whiny and complain a lot. I like most of my nieces and nephews; I can usually find something good about them as long as we don't overdose with time together. I like the fact that I can give them back.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Lastheart!

      Even though you may not have grandchildren, Lastheart, you can still enjoy those around you. Also, if you are able, there are so many sweet children in child care centers that would love to have an adopted grandmother visit a couple times a week to read stories, make crafts, and just listen. Check your local hospitals and centers for opportunitities. They will be blessed by your loving attention.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I am waiting so bad too become a grandmother. My kids don't want children...it is so sad! This is a great article teaches12345 .

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mary, I am so looking forward to making cookies with the grandkids this year. Love that saying -- it's the truth!

      Thanks for stopping in, Fiddleman. Good to see you here.

      Jackie, the fun of grandparenting is getting to spoil them! No discipline involved.

      Blonde logic, I can see how reins would be helpful in families with active kids -- you wouldn't get looks from me!

      Whonu, yes, I shared what parents hate to hear! Enjoy your day and smile!

      Vnsatakopan, glad to hear how you are close to your grandkids. Distance is a factor, but thank God for technology that keeps us connected. Be well and safe today.

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wonderful hub. We adore our grandchildren and they love us. Unfortunately, my grandsons are abroad and we get very little time to spend with them. Voted up.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      A great hub, teaches, thanks for telling on us grand folks. whonu

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Teaches12345,

      I am not yet in this position but I dare say, I will be one day. I shall keep this as reference. I remember a time when my own children were small and I used reins on them. These were common practice in the UK, but I did receive unwelcome looks in the US when I came on vacation.

      4 grandchildren take a lot of watching, I imagine.

      Great read.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great. Fun read. Grandchildren are adorable I think, all the fun and not near the responsibility. Hard for grandparents to not spoil them I have noticed.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Love it!!!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I love this! At this time of year, I love to get my grandkids over to help with the sugar cookies, etc.

      I have a favorite embroidery piece that says: " If Mother says NO ask Grandma".

      I voted this one UP, etc. and will share.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Rajan, I am glad I added some laughter to your day. Thanks for the support of the hub and your comment. Grandparenting is fun even with many kids.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I really enjoyed reading this one. Grandparenting is fun and with many kids, it indeed becomes funny at times; children are so innovative. Votes up, interesting and funny.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Peggy. I am so glad you got a chuckle out of this today. Yes, when the two are put together anything can and will happen! Thanks for your sweet visit and comment. Take Care, dear friend.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a fun hub to read. I am still chuckling over the different things you described and wondering how the mashed potatoes were treated once back home with their parents. Hopefully they were given a full report, tree hugging and all. Ha! Grandparents and grandkids were meant for each other! Voted up and funny. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I appreciate your comment on the topic, Movie Master. What an experience grandparenting is! I love it when those little ones want to hang out with us... so special. Take care my friend!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This really made me chuckle - we thought grandparenting was going to be a 'doddle' now we are older and wiser - but it's a completely new ball game to parenting!

      We love it though! and I loved reading, a fabulous hub thank you and voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Acaettna, it is good to see you here on the hub. I am glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks for your comment and support.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Wow this is brilliant - awesome. Oh so true!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you Audrey for your visit and support. Glad you liked the hub.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Grandparenting with t smile! I loved this!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      DeBorrah, you sound like a fun, loving grandma. Guidelines are a must with children in order to help them learn and to establish good habits. Your insight is wonderful and a great add to this hub. Thanks for stopping by and for your support. Take care, God's best to you always.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Teaches12345, Well done and hilarious! Grandchildren are quite interesting and enjoyable. We really try to make sure that the grandchildren have a great time whenever they visit. They all know that at our home I have a "you play you put away" rule. So when its time for all the toys to go night night they start to sing the clean up song as they start to put away... Then its time to read a story. As they get older I read a page and they read a page... You're right its not for "the weak or the faint hearted" Children require a lot of patience but it is well worth it!

      Nice read and again thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Ruchira, spoiling kids is a grandparents privilege indeed! Thanks for your sweet visit, votes and sharing.

      Angela, I am glad it gave you a good chuckle. I love your sense of humor in looking at grandparenting. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

      Clevercat, I appreciate your comment and votes. This true story is a good smile now that it is in the past! Thanks for coming in to visit. Be safe and well.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wonderful hub! I smiled the whole way through and I just loved the "adventure begins" section. Voted up and useful.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh my goodness. This is so funny! I have four chidren that had been past four for nearly 10 years. These little ones strid you of all sanity, deprive you of sleep, food, a clean environment. But, God makes them so cute so you don't hurt them. LOL Very funny story! UGH I WAS looking forward to being a grandparent!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      such a cute hub teaches12345. Grandparents sure know how to spoil their kids and this was a priceless hub.

      voted up and sharing it across

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Rtalloni! Thanks for your visit and comment. Love your enthusiasm of the future visits! Enjoy your day.

      Rebecca, I am so glad you stopped in and enjoyed the hub. Kids do say and do the cutest things. Be safe and well.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is very cute. Sometimes we forget that children take what we say literally. I enjoyed the read!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Bravo, bravo! Thanks for sharing the great adventure(s) of your family. :)

      Extreme grandparenting--I like that concept!

      Oh what a happy day when they are old enough to visit us like that!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Glad it gave you some laughter, Jackie. Thanks for stopping by. You take care now.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great, so many laughs!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      MIssolive, sounds like your future grandchildren are going to have a really fun, cool and hip grandma when the time comes. I love your comments and glad that you stopped by the hub. Enjoy your holiday and take care.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Too cute. I am not a grandparent - yet. My daughter is 19 and in college - one day at a time. I'd lie if I said I didn't think or dream about it. I cherished my grandparents so much and miss them dearly. MANY wonderful memories. I have raised my children to cherish their grandparents as well. All I know is that I want to be a FUN and LOVING grandma! Hip too! :)

      I love all your wonderful little stories and tips. ' Slow Grandparents at Play' hehe

      Beware of mash potato filled fingers and tree hugging grandparents! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I still laugh when I remember their visit with my sister. The little boys are very good together but also "creative". I am glad you enjoyed the read. Kathleen. Enjoy your grandchildren!

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This Granny loves this hub. I'm keeping it handy for the next visit from my six year-old and three year-old grandchildren. Especially love rolling the child to the car - he likes it!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Rosemay, two is just about right. They do make life interesting for us. What would we do without them? Glad you came by and enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your support. Keep smiling!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This was such an delightful read. They must have been frantic when Chloe wandered off to hugs some trees, but how sweet. Laughed at the story of the drunks.

      Being a grandparent is wonderful, there is a special bond that developes, because we have so much more time and patience. I never have more than 2 at a time, that is quite enough. Lol

      Thank you for the smiles today

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Faith, glad I could bring some good humor to your day. It is wonderful to have those little grandkids around you and so wonderful when they can go home to their parents. Love them while you can! Thanks for visiting and for your comment. Blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      I do not know how I missed this wonderful hub!!! Ah, yes, the joy of grandparenting! Four at once would be a challenge for sure. Ha. This is so funny and precious at the same time. My two granddaughters (two and four years old) call me Nana or Nannie too. I resort to a day at the park a lot, as it helps to burn off that energy. Love the sign, slow is right. Ha. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      B Malin, you have something there, it seems each year brings new humor with kids. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Take care!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      What a Fun Hub... Lots of Humor in Grandparenting...we are HAPPY to see them come...The older they get, to me, the more Fun they seem to be! A very Enjoyable read Teaches12345.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Mary, I am glad it gave you a good start to your day. Yes, I think grandparents can relate well to their experience. I love your sharing of your story as well. I am going to look into your hub post on this. You enjoy your day and grandkids!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, TripleAMom! I am so glad that you came by to visit and for your leaving a comment. Thank you for sharing this hub with others. I hope they get a good chuckle and helpful information from the experience.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Sofs. I can only laugh because it wasn't me! Yes, they did have an adventure with those sweet kids, but one that gave them much added insight to what works. Thanks for stopping by and your comment. Blessings!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      What a great Hub! Just what I needed to start my day because I can relate to what you said so well. I have a 9 month old granddaughter living in my house now with her Mom who is going to school. What a life change! I wrote a Hub, "Shh, there's a baby in my house" when you have some time, you might enjoy reading it. I have wonderful memories of my Grandparents, they are very special people. I voted this UP , etc.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      I have friends that are new grandparents or grandparents of multiples and I have to share this one. Voting up, sharing, and following to read more. Looking forward to it.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Wow! that was an experience... I have along way to go... but it did sound like some serious fun :) lol

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Laughing is healing for everyone. It's just that you would like not having to do those "exciting" things before you realize it's funny. Hahah! Thanks for stopping by, KDuBarry. You are a loyal follower and I so appreciate it.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Alissa, sometimes we don't really want to share those adventures as grandparents. Ooops, we accidentally lost your kid! He, he, he. Glad you liked the hub. Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Michele, grandkids keep you on your toes and always alert for the next event. They are such joys to have even so! Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Enjoy your journey!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Yes, hahah is great to relieve the sometimes stressful events that can happen in babysitting grandkids. It is much fun regardless of all the active antics. Thanks for coming by here. You take care now.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I think you have the best idea, Sparklea, in taking them out one-by-one. A great way to have a fun and meaningful time with your grandkids. Wow, six grandkids? What a blessing! Thank you for the votes, visit and comment. You are always a pleasure to see on a hub.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Anglnwu: Humor and time makes grandparenting tons of fun! I witness my parents with my niece and nephew having laughs everyday! Laughter is one of the healthiest things an infant can do :)

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Loved this hub. Both sets of my kids' grandparents would definitely agree with that first quote. Those stories were hilarious too! Sounds just like the kind of adventures I hear about when my boys return from a visit with their grandparents :) Voted up and over! Thanks for the laughs!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      teaches, this hub made me feel better :) I love it. Her grandparents took care of her and let her do what she wanted to do, then drove her back to our house. Boy, what a difference that was! Voted up. ( Not bad things, just run around and NOT take a nap)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Hahah, this hub makes me laugh. It goes to show that humor is needed, even necessary when dealing with grandkids. I can't imagine the fun. Love the quotes and great story-telling skills. Thanks.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      teaches12345 voted UP, useful, funny and interesting! What a great hub about the joys of grandparenting. I have six grandkids, but I only see two of them at this time: Samantha and Steven, wonderful, wonderful kids. From the time they were born I take them out one-on-one for special occasions such as birthday, graduation, or just to do it...we always go out to eat and to a movie, except, Samantha, loves to shop at malls. LOVED your stories and "adventures"...thank you for this truly enjoyable hub! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Skarlet, I hope your mom enjoys the humor. Thanks for visiting. I always enjoy your supportive comments. Take care.

      Girishpuri, I am thankful for your visit and appreciate your comment. Have a good day.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Although i am yet not a grandparent but i can smell the beauty of your hub, you make my day.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      What a beautiful, sweet, and funny hub. I absolutely love it. I am sending it to my mother because it will make her day.

      Voted up, and all!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Drbj, thanks for coming for a visit and for your added insight to the hub topic. Grandparents can sit and play, read, watch a child and never tire of the it. You saying is verification on that fact. You take care and have a good week.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Only someone who has been a grandparent, teaches, can understand the joy of having your grandchildren over to play all day and then being able to send them home in the evening. Someone once wrote and I concur: 'A grandparent watches the kids instead of the TV.' How true! Great funny hub, m'dear. Loved it.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Krsharp, thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment to the hub. Enjoy that grandmother. I am sure she values your presence in her life. You have a wonderful week!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Ha, ha, ha.. I can so relate to that, Breakfastpop! We have no problems sleeping at night when the grandkids are over. Thanks for coming over to visit. Have a good night!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for your visit and comment, Kenny. Yes, children are our future leaders and me teach them well. Take care now.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      That's the best part, craftdrawer, you get to love on them and then return them the parents. I can imagine what the three year old can come up with! BE strong! :-D

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Alicia! Yes, it could have been a tragic ending to the search.. that is why they were so frantic about finding her. However, as you said, now we can look back and have a good laugh. My sister is a tree hugger and now her grandkids are too .. a little strange but, oh well. Thanks for coming to the show! Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      KDuBarry, I'll bet your parents would agree that even though it is extreme at times, it is so worth the time spent together. Thanks for the cheers, visit and positive support of the hub. Hope your week goes well for you.

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      krsharp05 5 years ago from 18th and Vine

      I can see the children all tied together. Great story! I adore my grandmother and after spending the entire day with her, this reminds me just why. I will never look at my mashed potatoes the same. Lovely hub!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      When my grands sleep over, I go to sleep at 7!

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      kennynext 5 years ago from Everywhere

      Children are the next in line.They will be the next leaders, teachers, and scientists. Teach them well with no prejudice.

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      craftdrawer 5 years ago

      I love my grandsons dearly we had them for a few hours last night (age 3 years and age 7 months) and while it's wonderful to visit with them it is nice to know you can return them and take a break!! The 3 year old wants to test his independence and see what he can get away with!! Great Hub!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I don't often laugh when I read a hub, even when it's amusing, but I did laugh at this one, teaches! It was so funny. My favourite part was the story about Chloe's adventure. I know that this event must have been very worrying for her grandparents and could have had a very sad ending, but Chloe's comment that she was "looking for trees to hug" was so funny!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      This hub is funny, fantastic, and true! My Mom and Dad are definitely extreme grandparents for my niece and nephew! They are always chasing them around since they get into things, but they also have a strict schedule that the children follow. My parents absolutely love being grandparents as much as you do! Cheers for great people and grandparents

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Christy, my sister also taught in the preschool arena and knows how to turn simple things into a creative learning experience. Here, her husband was questioning the idea of using all the potatoes as a play item. After he realized it kept them busy, he was all about using things to provide entertainment. He, he, he. Thanks for coming over to visit and the vote of support. You take care now and have a good time at home.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      BabyBoomer, you will make a GREAT grandma with all the wonderful wisdom you already have on raising kids. Yes, we have the privilege of spoiling them and then letting mom and dad handle the results. he, he, he. Thanks for stopping and by here. You have a good one!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hey, PracticalMommy! That news story happened at just the right time. It was comical at how everyone seriously thought about them because it happened right in their own city, in their area! Go figure. Thanks for visiting, your votes and contribution to the hub. Go enjoy your kids! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Stephanie! I have to smile with you on that quote. We love them dearly, but we are happy when we are able to enjoy them at our own pace. Thanks for stopping by and glad it brought back some sweet memories for you. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We are fortunate that God blessed with grandkids while we are young enough to run with them. Yes, they are fun. Pamela, I know that when the time comes, you will be a great blessing to those little ones. Take care and have a great day.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Denise, I thank you whole heartedly for your visit, support, votes and sharing of the hub. I appreciate your views on the topic. I will have to look at your hub and tack it on here ... I love reading tips on grandparenting. I am sure yours are also a great joy.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      They were beyond words when they discovered she was missing. When they spied her, my sister broke down and cried! Now, they can look back and laugh at this (it only happened a few weeks ago, so time will help on passing through this better). Love those grandkids, they make life complete. Vellur, thanks for the vote and your sweet visit. You take care now.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I hear my daughter-in-law speaking here. She looks forward to the break also (smile). I love having you visit the hubs, your comments are always a great add to the topic. Thanks for sharing with others. Have a great day.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The idea of making animal sculptures out of mashed potatoes is a good one! How creative and as you say it gave the grandparents time to relax! I like how you took us through the day. I vote up!

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      Deborah Turner 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      I loved this hub! It gives me hope. I can hardly wait until my kids have kids. My plan is to spoil them rotten, buy them loud obnoxious toys, and fill them with sweets before mom and dad pick them up. I love the mashed potato idea too; I’m definitely making a note of that one. Thanks for the bright spot in my morning.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      This sounds so much like all of the times my own grandparents had my five cousins at their house for a week. It was always an adventure for them!

      I cracked up when I read the part about the drunken couple and the four kids...Lol!

      The tips at the end are great. Voted up, useful and funny! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I love the quote at the top of the page - being with grandchildren is invigorating and fun, but I do feel my age during those longer visits! Enjoyed this hub very much, and I could certainly relate to much of it. It brings back some great memories of times we spent with our grandchildren when they were little!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Teaches, I'm not a grandparent but many of my friends and family are. I've seen the fun they have and look forward to someday spending time with little people again.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent and enjoyable hub. I wrote one called :Best ways to stay in touch with grandchildren and I'll link yours to that one. Voted up and funny/useful. Thanks for the morning cup of humor!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading your hub. Grandchildren are a pleasure to lookafter, but one too many at the same time is tough. Just imagine they must have been very worried when Chloe wandered off. Grandchildren are fun and a lot of hard work. Voted up. Awesome.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Hi teaches12345, I'm still laughing at this fantastic hub. As a parent to 3 young in perpetual motion boys I see myself at times just watching the clock until they go to Nona's house! The relationship kids have with grandparents is so important! These tips and humor you provided will help others in a similar situation! Sharing this one with my mom and mother in law! Take care, Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hopefully, you won't experience such active grandchildren in your home. They are still precious, but do require attention. Thanks, Margie, for your visit and for the supportive votes. Glad you got a chuckle out of the story. Have a great day!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I'm not a grandparent yet, but I am anxiously waiting for my children to make that decision. I really enjoyed this hub and chuckled quite a bit!

      Thanks for the advice early on. Now I'll be prepared.

      Voted up and across!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Rebecca, you get a high five for being the first on the hub! You are such a great supporter and always give such positive contributions to a hub. Grandparenting has its moments, some are more challenging than others - but always fun. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How cute is this! I just love the "slow grandparents at play sign!