The usual holiday shuffle is taking place at the moment, with assorted family members all helping to juggle the kids when both Tracey & I are at work. Today, Tracey’s sister brought Cousin8 & Cousin3 over and stayed the day at our place with Master5 & Miss6. When Tracey finished she raced home so that her sister could rush off to work and we’ve got the cousins until their father finishes work.
Having family close by is a real boon. When Master18 & Miss15 were young I had no-one in the town that I could call upon and it was difficult, with a capital hard. Now we have my parents and Tracey’s parents, as well as Tracey’s sister and their Great-Grandmothers and it is wonderful. Not only are things much more manageable when holidays come around, but it’s a boon for the kids to experience their grandparents and great-grandparents.
In the hussle and bussle of raising a family and paying a mortgage we can forget to spend time just listening to kids. Grandparents can fill this important gap, and it’s good for all parties concerned.
Not to mention family bbq’s are a treat as well 😀