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Strong desire to see grand kids often-but totally wiped out afterwards

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Strong desire to see grand kids often-but totally wiped out afterwards

I doubt there is a grandparent who does not like to see their grandchildren.  I am no exception to that group and I actually ache when it has been some time between their visits.  I MUCH prefer them to be at my house when their parents just go away to dinner or shopping or whatever--simply because I like to "spoil them a tad".  I do not do anything against their parents direct rules, but I like to give them cookies and milk before bedtime, etc.....


I am (sad to say) equally as glad to see them go---but it is because I am totally wiped out after these 3 boys leave our home.  I am not in a coma....but I am exhausted as I look around at all the things that I now have to get back to "normal" once they leave.  The 9 and 7 year old like to get out games and such and play board games with grandma and I enjoy this because I am sitting and relaxing and it is not too taxing on me----but that 1 year old brother of theirs.....well, he has learned how to walk and I have to put up the remote controls, our eyeglasses, all breakables, etc.   I want to spend an equal amount of time with each of them, but there is such a big difference in their ages that I find myself constantly watching the 1 year old so that he does not get hurt-instead of just enjoying the other two older boys.   Does anyone else have this bittersweet experience or is it just me?

AARP Expert

Your grandkids do sound lively!   There are more posts like yours over at that part of the community.



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