Why is it so great being a grandparent?

@rlc456 (415)
United States
April 18, 2008 2:20pm CST
I just love being a grandparent, why is it so different than when our kids were small? Don't get me wrong it was great being a parent. But it seems so different when you become a grandparent. It seems like I have more patience with my grandson than I did with my son. I don't know if this is so or not, because my son and I have a very good relationship. Even when he was small he was such a great kid and now a great adult. Can anyone out there give me some input on this?
6 responses
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I'm not really sure because I am not a grandparent yet. I have had alot of problems with my daughter. I have almost got her raised. I need a break after that before she decides to make me a grandparent.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
21 Apr 08
you have more patience because as a grandparent you understand children better than you did when your own were little. You have more experience and more understanding of how to handle each situation. You learned from your mistakes and you also learned what worked and what didn't. You also have more time to just devote to your grandchildren because you are not as busy. One last thing, we don't see them all the time and so they don't have a chance to get on our last nerve. We don't have them everyday so we look forward to seeing them when we can.
@sd_abot (177)
• Philippines
19 Apr 08
I don't know. Because I'm not a grandparent yet. ^_^ But maybe it is great for the first time. And I don't know why.
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
19 Apr 08
Very simple really... You have all the experience of bringing up your own children... and you can deal with any problem with your grand-children because you have that experience and the solutions. So it feels like it is a lot easier that when you were learning how to handle your own children. Furthermore... you don't have a 24 hours / 7 days responsability for your grand-children. When you are tired of them... you can send them home.
• Philippines
19 Apr 08
Perhaps it's because you can dote all you want on your grandson without thinking of how to provide for him, etc. I've never been a grandparent (still 20) but I have always thought my grandparents were more caring than my parents. I became spoiled because of them. :D
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
Yes, that is true. Our grandparents have more patience than our parents. They just simply love their grandchildren.