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7

Changes your shoes

Put away the high heels, flimsy flip flops, and perfectly
shined wingtips. What you need for your times as a grandparent
are comfortable, sensible shoes.

8

Gives you something in common with strangers

Being a grandparent is like being a member of a big, happy
club. Your grandbaby is your ticket to sharing photos and experiences with anyone in the same boat.

9

Gives you a huge new dose of empathy

You will no longer be able to turn a blind eye to a small child
in tears. It may be a while since you found yourself in a food store
with your own young child having a tantrum - but now when it's
happening to someone else, you may be a lot more tolerant.

Being a grandparent...

1

Gives you a new name

Will you be NaNa, Nanny, Granny, GaGa, Mimi or Mamie?
PaPa, PopPop, Boopa, Granddad or Gramps? The possibilities are
endless. Sometimes you'll get to choose your own GRAND name
and sometimes that will change when your grandbaby is old
enough to talk.

2

Marshals your energy

If you've become a little set in your ways, having a grandbaby
will un-set you. Babies have their own rhythms. You won't be able
to control when your grandbaby sleeps, cries, is ready to eat, wants
attention or has other needs - but you'll find ways to keep up.

3

Brings out your playful side

Nothing is more fun than making a young baby laugh. And
all it takes is funny faces, silly sounds, and completely letting your
serious side take a backseat.
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4

Brings out your protective side

Mother tiger? Papa bear? They have nothing on grandparents when it comes to making sure that a young child is safe from
harm.

5

Makes you feel personally invested in the future

Grandparents have told us that having a grandbaby in their
life gives them "skin in the game" when it comes to what's happening in the world. Some grandparents just worry about it;
others find themselves getting involved in efforts to protect the environment, preserve the American dream, or
create a kinder, more compassionate society.

6

Introduces new forms of exercise

How long has it been since you rocked, rolled,
crawled, or hopped? Your grandbaby may have you
down on the floor, crawling after a toy, racing down a
sidewalk, swinging at the playground. If you're physically
able - enjoy it. It's a great incentive to get in shape.

10

Helps you rediscover the joy of small things.

Young children are Zen masters. They are always present
in the moment. You'll find yourself taking time, with your grandbaby by your side, to appreciate bugs, birds, leaves, clouds, and
sounds. Take advantage of the occasion. Your grandbaby won't be
young forever.

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Cheryl Harbour is the special
editor of the "My GRANDbaby"
section and author of Good to
Be Grand: Making the Most of
your Grandchild's First Year,
a combination of up-to-date
information and grandparently
inspiration.


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