Many parents fear becoming grandparents, because it is a sign that there is a new generation coming, and it often makes them feel old. But don't worry; this is simply an irrational fear. Grandparents are very important people, and they do not necessarily need to act old but they are very wise. Just because you are a little older doesn't mean that you have to stay confined to a rocking chair. Many people over the age of 70 are still working nowadays, proving that age does not inhibit them.
Grandparents have lived through three stages in their lives, childhood, adulthood, and grandparenthood. Through every stage, we learn new things and gain wisdom and knowledge. As we learn more, we know ourselves more and the world as we know it. This wisdom needs to be passed on to future generation, and this is why grandparents are so important.
Grandparents are important in the formation of their grandchildren's character and perspective on life. It is important to help your children take care of your grandchildren, since you have been through it with them, and they need your help. Grandparents need to raise their grandchildren to be respectful and to appreciate life.
Unfortunately, many grandparents have been separated from their children and grandchildren because of family feuds and the like. This doesn't allow children to be with their grandparents and learn from them. It is your responsibility to stay close to your family and visit them, write to them, or call them.
As the oldest member of the family, you have to pass on the legacy of the generations from before. You need to be the historian of the family, as well as the mentors and role models. Grandparents need to teach their grandchildren what it means to be in the family. By knowing what their family has done, children can feel proud of their past and be ready for the future.
Being experienced from watching life come and go is something that only the grandparents can have. You know what is right and what is wrong, when needs to be done, what is important and what is not. You have been through many different problems, pain, and heartaches that everyone goes through in life and you know how to deal with them. This knowledge is important for people to live their lives well, and you need to help them understand these things.
Children often turn to their grandparents for advice, since they are wise and knowledgeable in life. Since you are the most experienced in the family, it is your job to keep the family together and face the different problems that come your way. Make sure that your grandchildren know the tradition, cultures, and beliefs of their family.
No matter what the age of your body, that does not dictate the age of the mind. Young at heart and young at mind make a person look young on the outside too. We must always keep the curiosity and openness of a child while balancing it with the knowledge and rationality of the old. The spirit is always young, and you must never forget that.
After reading this and knowing how important grandparents are, hopefully you won't feel so nervous about becoming one yourself. It is a great honor to be a grandparent, and after all you've been through, you can make it through and be a great blessing to your family.