Mom to Grandma: Switching Hats.

Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful moms out there! This is my first mothers day as not only a mother but a grandma too! Yes, I know what your thinking. You’re too young to be a grandma, but I am. I have one little angel and I enjoy spending one on one time with her for sure. I’m still learning because I am so not used to being called grandma, especially when I have babies that are younger than she is. Sometimes it catches me off guard. She calls me “Sharity” which is adorable and I don’t mind that at all, especially since its always so innocent sounding.

My two and my grand!

It truly is hard to spoil your grandchild when your own children are watching your every move. But it sure is fun to experience a new viewpoint. From sneaking some cookies to letting her play in the rain, I love that I can do the things I always loved about my own grandparents. I have so many fond memories of my grandparents, spending time with them, learning new skills and new perspectives from them. I want to offer that to my own grandkids.

Playing in the rain!

She spent the night with us, without her parents and she was so good. I think maybe she thought she would have more leniency than the other two younger than her, but in the end, she was just fine with being treated the same. She is our little blessing for sure. It is a little difficult to decide punishments or reprimands when dealing with a member of your family that is NOT your child. I guess it is the same as disciplining one of your nieces or nephews.

So that brings me to the reason for this post. How does one distinguish between mom and grandma? How do I get to spoil my grandbaby without doing the same for my own babies? This is what I came up with: I don’t. My own kids are already so spoiled and loved unconditionally that treating her the same is natural for me. This is not to say that our dynamic will change as we get closer and get to know each other more, but for now, she will be loved and cherished with all my heart.

I know that one day I will have grandbabies that are much younger than my own, but when you have a family of so many children, you are bound to have kids close in ages. I look forward to this new journey in my life. I look forward to the spoil the kids then send them home stage! I look forward to expanding our family even further.  I love that just when you think you have no more love to give to anyone, a new member comes along and there is always more than enough love to go around.

Every child is a blessing, and every grandchild is even more so. I would love advice from you other young grandma’s out there. Let me know in the comments below how you deal with being a grandma without feeling like one!

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