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God Bless Those Who Raise their Grandchildren

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I have always had great admiration for those who raise their grandchildren for whatever reason. At the time of life we look forward to having a little time for ourselves, some of us are given the task of raising grandchildren. I have not, however, I am now developing a new appreciation for these individuals.

Due to financial reasons, I decided to babysit. I have always loved children. They are the most wonderful creations. Having always enjoyed homeschooling, I decided I would also teach the little ones colors, textures, music, etc. I, also, prepare meals and all the other things they may need.

Day five has rolled around and I am exhausted. I knew I would be tired as I haven't cared for a little one in years. I wasn't prepared for how tired. Having had my children (all two of them) at ages 20 and 32, I knew there would be an energy difference now that I am 51 years of age as there was a difference before. Little did I know how much of one. I have to use a chair to get up from off the floor. I dose when reading stories. I cry when the alarm clock goes off.

God bless all you grandparents for taking your grands into your home and making such a difference. You had my utmost respect and admiration, because at the end of the day, I hand pass them on and collapse.
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LINOVER 9/12/2011 7:11PM

    I too give a lot of credit to grandparents who raise their grandchildren. My husband and I take three of ours for 2-3 weeks each summer and that is more than enough for us!

I have to give you a lot of credit also for babysitting five days a week! I love kids but don't think I could handle babysitting all day any more. I know my 4 year old granddaughter is adorable but definitely a handful!
Lin

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YAQUINDN 9/9/2011 9:49PM

    Hey, at least you are healthier than you were earlier this year!

Ani lives with us, but her mommy takes care of her. Daddy visits regularly and he also disciplines her. That can get nerve racking, but I do appreciate not having to be the one who has to be strict all the time. I too appreciate the grandparents who take on the full responsibilities of raising a child. The good part is that God graces us with patience when before we relied on stamina.

Hang in there, it is like a different type of endurance training.
Lisa

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CELEST 9/8/2011 9:07AM

    I am with you on being grateful for grandparents going this extra mile. It isnt easy having your home invaded once you've done your "turn" but there is no one finer than a grandparent for added wisdom to look after a grandchild.

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HAWKTHREE 9/8/2011 7:40AM

    I don't raise my granddaughter, but I do support her financially -- quite a bit. I adore her and although I had concerns when I found out 2 quite immature people were going to have her, I am privileged to be able to help raise her. She's a blessing and I find that many grandparents actually raising their grandchildren feel the same way.

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