Becoming a young grandma can be difficult for a number of reasons. Maybe your son or daughter had a child at a younger age than you would like. Maybe you are expected to help with more of the rearing of your grandchild than you had hoped. Or maybe being a “young grandma” signals a new stage in your life that you’re just not ready for. Take heart, ladies! We have some great tips for young grandmas who are certainly not ready for the rocking chair.
1. Have fun with the grandkids
Young grandmas certainly have an advantage over their older counterparts since it will be much easier for them to keep up with those pesky grandkids. Take younger grandkids to the park (you might even be mistaken as their mother!). Talk with older grandkids about the latest music or go to their favorite websites to learn more about their interests.
2. Create your own cool grandma name
OK, even though you’re a young grandma, that doesn’t mean that you have to be called “grandma.” Think of new and fun alternative grandma names (here are some great ideas).
3. Find your unique place in the family
As a young grandma, you have so much wisdom to offer your grandkids, even if you don’t consider yourself to be the sage, older woman that you may have considered your own grandmother to be. Think about the values that you want to impart to your grandchildren and don’t forget to pass along some great family stories so that your grandkids have a better understanding of their place in the world.
4. Set clear expectations
If you’re a young grandma, you may still be raising kids of your own and/or working full time. Let your child know that you love your grandchild/grandchildren, but you have your own busy schedule to maintain. It’s OK to say “no” when asked to babysit, especially if your children are expecting too much.
5. Be thankful
Know your grandkids will have wonderful memories of their young, vibrant grandma!
Young grandmas are a wonderful gift to their families: remember these 5 tips for maintaining perspective and considering the long-term picture when faced with being a young grandma.