Grandma World

There is a special world near to where I live. It is a world which exists before and after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and sometimes all day in the school holidays. It is a world I know very little about, but I believe it has a freezer full of ice creams, the ‘right’ food for tea, access to whatever you want to watch on telly, hairstyles mummy doesn’t know how to do and wouldn’t let you have anyway and a computer with a printer that works. With coloured ink.

This is Grandma World.

Genuinely, I know very little of what happens when my kids are with my mum and dad. They have their own little routines they have settled into over many years, which I am not a part of. But I do know they are very happy together.

Because there are two of them and they don’t work, my mum and dad have so much more time for my kids than I do. The time they spend together is a relaxed and happy one, dictated largely by the kids.

It’s fish and chips on Tuesday, unless they’ve had school dinners, in which case it’s a cheese baguette It’s pizza and waffles on Wednesday. And there is big trouble if Mummy has failed to stock the freezer properly. There’s always ice cream for pudding if they want it. Which my daughter always does.

My dad has a lovely bond and endless patience with all of the kids. Listening to him chatting with my daughter is priceless. They obviously understand each other so well. He is the only person who has pthe time or the commitment to help my eldest build an Airfix model or my younger son build something complicated with Lego. The other day he was happy to kick a pine cone all the way up a long road and back again with my younger son – just because my son wanted to. If the pine cone got lost in the stinging nettles, they just got it out again and carried on. This is the sort of thing that makes my son so happy. And it’s the sort of thing I don’t have the patience to do as I’m always too busy with other stuff. I would do it for a few minutes and then get distracted by one of the other kids.

And if the kids have a meltdown when they are at home with Mummy and Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa can usually calm them down.

Grandma and Grandpa don’t spoil the kids, but Grandma World offers them something different to us – a slower pace of life and a little bit more attention than a working mum trying to split herself three ways.

We are so lucky that they get to spend so much time with Grandma and Grandpa and I am so grateful to them for their support over the years. I didn’t get to spend as much time with my own grandparents, but the kids and I really value the time they spend in Grandma World.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. What a lovely post!

    Sadly, my little man only has one Grandfather who doesn’t live locally. He’ll never know “Grandma’s World” but my other two sons definitely had this experience and it brought back some lovely memories to read this.

    Thanks for sharing x

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  2. This is exactly what I miss being so far away from home. I had an incredible bond with my grandparents and a HUGE reason for us moving back to the UK is so the boys can be closer to them. Really lovely post x

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  3. My children love Grandma world, and Nanny world too. There’s something spending time with the grandparents which my children adore. I think it’s having a little more undivided attention than they probably get at home.

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  4. What a lovely post. We have Grandma World here too and my children (certainly my girls) have often asked if they can go and live permanently in Grandma World…often whilst in a fit of rage and there is never a please a the end of it! I’m looking forward to being a Grandma already – all of the fun with none of the responsibility *sigh*! x

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  5. We have granny pinny land and it sounds very similar although no computer and there is definite spoiling!

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  6. This is great! Since moving back to the UK from France I love having my parents so nearby for my kids. It’s amazing watching them all revelling in their special relationship 🙂

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  7. Thanks very much, ladies. Such a shame your son can’t experience it Tracy.
    Hope your boys get to have the special bond with your parent,FFHM.
    Being a Grandma sounds good, doesn’t it, Suzanne? My boy has run off to Grandma’s a couple of times.
    It is such special relationship, Franglaise Mummy. I don’t think my mum and dad hardly use their computer, but they’re happy to let the kids use it – and the printer!

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  8. What a lovely post! Grandparent are really special, I think that friendship across the generations is massively important for kids. Both my boys absolutely love spending time with their grannies and I love the relationship they have with them. #PoCoLo

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  9. This post actually bought a tear to my eye,it sounds a wonderful place 🙂 #pocolo

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  10. This is such a lovely post. My boys have a wonderful relationship with my mum, Granny, and it’s such a special bond. It’s one of, in fact the thing, I miss most about being in the UK. #PoCoLo

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  11. Thanks very much, ladies, really appreciate your comments. It is such a special bond. I think it is a wonderful place, Jess! Although of course I don’t really know! 😉

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  12. They sound so so lovely. It’s like home away from home for your children. My mum and dad have a 3 days a week and I would be so completely lost without them I think! Grandparents are the best!

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  13. They are lovely! They have so much time for the kids. Their house is definitely a second home for them. I’d be lost without them too.

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