Grandparents are not born. They develop over time. Marinated in experience and love. Grandparents have had the opportunity to learn and relearn life’s lessons over the years. First as a child then parent and if so blessed, grandparent. Bring Up Nana is a resource for parents and grandparents who are looking for opportunities to create meaningful communication between the generations.
Jean Yarger has been an elementary and middle school teacher, business owner, entrepreneur, wife, parent, and now grandparent. She is an avid gardener and enjoys watching the wildlife in her garden. When grandchildren arrived, she related stories about the creatures in her garden, their daddy when he was a boy and about their great and great, great grandparents. She became the bridge between the generations and realized the need for parents and grandparents to share our experiences and create opportunities for meaningful communication that will inspire the next generation.
I wake up slowly and becoming a Mom did not change that. Waking up slowly is not a good trait for a Mom, or a Nana. It can get a person into all kinds of trouble, but the worst was the night I tried to flush my son.
We must look for opportunities to establish trust in the relationship between Grandparent and Grandchild. The most authentic moments occur when we are not looking for them. So, we must be ready to take advantage of those opportunities to communicate effectively. I did not realize that the most meaningful compliment I would ever receive was going to come from my two year old Granddaughter. But it is my hope that this opportunity is the beginning of a relationship based on a strong foundation of trust.