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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Overnight Grandma

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Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Have you ever spent several days watching your grandchildren while their parents were out of town? I had the privilege of doing this recently and it was a lot of fun!

I now really understand what Mom used to tell me, "Mary, God gave little ones to the young because they have the energy."

My daughter-in-love did something that was a huge help. She went to the dollar store before she and our son left town. She purchased little presents for each of the children for each day that she and our son would be gone. The items were wrapped individually and put into large gift bags (one large gift bag per day that had the individual presents in it).

Before the kids went to bed each night, we would open their special gifts. Of course, the children loved it. But the biggest help was not the presents, it was the tangible sight of four gift bags sitting on a bookshelf in the den. As each bag was removed, the kids seemed to understand how many days it would be until their parents came back home. That was a great help to them and to me!

Years ago when Jim and I went out of town and the kids stayed with grandparents, I remember leaving stickers for the children to put on a calendar (one sticker per day). When the stickers were gone, we would be back.

Do you have any tips for grandmothers who are asked to take care of their grands overnight for several days?

Have a great weekend,
Mary May Larmoyeux

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