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Nanny\'s House

I know that I’m not alone in thinking that grandchildren are precious. Whatever their age, you have seen it all before and can smile.

Teenagers are the all-knowing, loud, rebellious and daring people that we once were and we can smirk at their antics. Unlike parents who are now reacting in the same exaggerated manner that we dealt with them as teenagers. We can see something else in these frustrated, growing and unique individuals. If only I had the insight as a mother that I have as a grandmother, life would have been very different.

Toddlers are inquisitive, quick and constantly asking questions; Why? But why? WHY! There is a commercial on TV with a mother copying her toddler when he lies on the floor and screams. I love the way he looks at her in absolute horror. I’ve been the mother with the screaming toddlers trying to buy a stamp in the post office with others looking on as if you’re incapable of controlling your children. Which, of course, you are. A double buggy was a dreadful contraption to take around the chemist. My embarrassment was intense when an older gentleman stopped me in the high street as my two little sweethearts had stolen a pack of sanitary towels and were having quite a feast on them in their pushchair. Oh, the shame!

I can laugh now at those appalling times with my own children and smile unobtrusively, as my own children are going through the same ordeals. Actually, I can sometimes hear myself, which is slightly worrying.

What about those babies? Never would I have thought that I would put my life on hold to sit and stare at a little bundle for hours at a time. What a magnificent sight! Grandparents are so laid back when it comes to these packages of delight. I can spend all night rocking a crying grandchild but remember putting one of my own in the kitchen with the tap running and the washing machine on a spin so I couldn’t hear his racket.

When these children come to you for a cuddle, chat, respite or help, it is one of the most cherished experiences I could have imagined. Even when they come with problems, it is an honour that they come at all and I would give anything to swap places and take their hurting away.

What I really wanted to say, especially to parents, is that Nanny’s house is an asylum. The rules are different from that of home and that’s the way it is supposed to be. What I would have given for my own asylum when I was young!

There are different rules in Nanny’s house. In Nanny’s house, Nanny is the boss and what she says, goes – OK Daddy? Nanny has time to cuddle, tell stories, skip in the park (well, just a little way). Nanny’s can give pudding before dinner, sweets at bedtime and as many kisses and cuddles as they feel necessary. The most important rule about Nanny’s house is that is where everything stays.

Children are our past, present and future and we, as adults, must give them all a chance in life to reach their potential and be happy.


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Kymee  

AMEN! ;O)

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