Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at email@example.com.
Ty loves spending time with his grandparents.
And they love having him around.
For Ty, hanging out with either set of his grandparents is like an all-expenses paid trip to a resort.
It means unlimited play time, unlimited Chick-fil-A nuggets and ice cream, an afternoon at one of those jumpy bouncy places and usually a surprise trip to the toy department at Target.
In return, they get quality time with him. They get to roughhouse with him, teach him – Grandma and Mimi are both educators – bake him cookies, take him to movies, hug on him and generally spoil him.
It works out great for everyone, and it’s convenient since our parents live in the metro area.
Some of our friends’ kids also have been able to spend time alone with their grandparents this summer, with some heading to other states for visits while school’s out.
I’m writing about this because Ty is spending a couple of days with my parents so Lori and I can write a few stories and meet a bunch of deadlines before all three of us head to Florida for a long weekend.
When we talked to Ty on the phone Monday afternoon — just a couple of hours after he left – Lori told him she already missed him.
He immediately replied in his sweet voice, “Really?” and we could imagine his eyebrows shooting up and a smile on his face.
More than likely he was smiling because my parents were about to pull into Dairy Queen.
For those of you who are grandparents, there is a lot of info on Grandparents.com.
How does it feel when when your children spend stay overnight with grandparents or other family members?
Do you feel like you should cherish the time to clean the house, do the laundry, or go on a date night?
Do you feel guilty for having someone else handle your parenting responsibilities?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog