One phone call was enough for them to rush over to your house to give you that much-needed helping hand whenever you needed it.
A weekend with the family is only complete after baking cookies with grandma and listening to grandpa's stories of his glory days. And after you watch them tuck the little ones into bed, you see grandma bringing out that bottle of wine she specially brought to share with you and your partner. Parenting becomes all the more special when you have your own parents to share it with. They have a way with your children and they put you at ease when you can't catch up with the strain of being a mother or a father.
When the doting grandparents of the family show up, here's how your life becomes easy.
Your parents are the ones who have seen you through all the big milestones of your life. And when you became a parent, they were the ones who were proudest to watch you raise your children. But of course, they knew that you wouldn't have everything figured out. That's why they were there with you, letting you try things on your own and then swooping in when you needed an extra hand. They have given your kids a bath, they have cooked dinner when you and your partner needed a nap, and they did it all with a broad smile.
Remember how you would never listen to your parents but would do everything your grandparents said? Well, your kids are the same. The one thing your grandma and grandpa loved doing was spoil you because, after all, disciplining you fell on the shoulders of your parents. It's not too different when it comes to your children and their grandparents. Grandparents have a special way of bonding with your kids, it almost seems like magic, and it has just the right, positive impact on your children to help them grow as well-grounded adults. Moreover, in all the experiences your parents share with your kids, they are handing down important values that you would hope they have.
There has never been a time when your parents didn't pick up your call or didn't call back in case they missed it. They always had an answer to every important, silly, embarrassing, honest, and nerve-wracking question that you had. They knew exactly what you needed to hear to keep you going when you wanted to give up. You and your partner just had to say the word, and they would rush to be by your family's side. Your own grandparents may have left you with a lifetime's worth of memories for you to look back at and smile. In the same way, your own parents are giving your children and your family the kind of sweet memories that even you would cherish.
If it's possible for anyone to love your kids as much as you do, it's your own parents. Each time your child got sick, they would drive all the way to bring you your father's special 'beats-every-cold' soup and your mother would stay back to read bedtime stories to the kids. Sometimes you might even forget to get something for your son or daughter's birthday, but your grandparents won't. They love spoiling your kids just the right amount. And more than anything, they will show up for all the important moments, big and small, that happen in your life and your kids' lives.
There may have been times when you tried to keep it together whenever your parents came home over the weekend. But they could see right through you, knowing how tired you were as you did your best. And without you knowing, your mother would have already cleaned the microwave, your father would have mowed the lawn, and they would have taken your kids out just so you and your partner can have some time alone. They loved babysitting because they loved your children beyond words can describe, but also because they could understand the unsaid needs of you and your partner.