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.
People are a work in progress. Our parents prepare us to take responsibility for our lives. Then we spend the rest of our lives learning from experience and trying to do the best we can. Becoming a parent is one of those life experiences. Probably one of the biggest....
It was loud and boisterous on a normal day when the kids lived at home. It seemed the house was in constant disarray. It felt as though I was always in a hurry. Hurry and get dressed. Get the boys ready. Get bathrooms cleaned, finish the laundry, pick-up the kids from school, get them to their after- school activities. Which reminds me. It seemed I was always going to the same places. Round and round I went, schools, piano lesson, boy scouts, soccer, grocery store, dentist, orthodontist. Get up the next day repeat. I used to joke, if I was going in a straight line I’d be somewhere.