It may seem only the blink of an eye ago that you were cradling your own children in your arms. Life moves in circles, and now you have the joy of a grandchild to look forward to. Becoming a grandparent for the first time is a wonderful and momentous occasion, and this time around, there may even be a few bonuses!
Where to Start?
Preparing for the first grandchild shouldn’t entail too much and it should definitely not be stressful. While it can be tempting to get carried away, the most important element of being a grandparent is support. Letting your daughter or son know that you will be there for them, especially in the early days, is paramount. You might offer to stay with them for a week or two after the birth, but do discuss it first so you are all clear on any arrangements.
Whether you are staying with a daughter or will simply be dropping by for kisses and cradles, remember that the new mum will be feeling more than a little drained. Lend a hand by cooking up some meals and/or offering to do the washing or vacuuming. Support will be most appreciated in those early sleep-deprived days. They may certainly appreciate your advice, but don’t be disappointed if they want to do things their own way. They’re adults after all.
Some aspects of parenting have certainly changed over the years so if you’d like to be able to chat about anything and everything, why not read up the latest parenting book. Ask the mum-to-be for recommendations.
While support is an ideal gift that you can provide for your own children, bear in mind that the new parents will also need their own space. They are experiencing life as parents for the first time, and they will certainly want plenty of time together with the little one to savour the joy of being a family.
And yes, finally, the good part! No, it’s not essential of course, but every grandparent knows it’s a joy to buy for a grandchild. There’s no need to spend a lot of money but buying a few little treats, clothes or toys can bring both of you joy – and it can be very handy for the new parents. You might also think of a gift that will become a keepsake, such as a teddy that might become a favourite or an engraved silver baby’s cup that they can keep for life. Or if you can knit or sew, you might create a handmade gift that will certainly be cherished.
For those Future Years…
As you prepare for the arrival of your newest little one, it might also be an idea to check on your life insurance policy. You may want to change the terms now that a new little one has arrived. Seniors insurance may provide valuable protection for all families, and knowing your family will be looked after, is the best way to start your brand new life as a grandparent.