Raising My Kids Near Their Grandparents Has Been Better Than I Ever Imagined

‘Nan-a’ my one-year-old squeals with delight as Nana walks through the door.

Her little legs are kicking with excitement, her arms are stretched out.

She is ready for Nana to pick her up.

Ready for Nana to love on her like only Nana does.

It Is Beautiful To See The Bond They Have Developed.

The love they have for each other.

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You see, when we decided to start a family we moved just down the road from my mom and dad. I wanted to be close to my family.

I wanted to know that I had support close by if I needed it.

And I wanted my kids to have a close relationship with their grandparents as it was something that I missed out on.

We are fortunate that my husband’s parents also live in the same city so it means our kids are able to have a close relationships with all of their grandparents. 

It Is Something I Am Truly Grateful For. Something I Think We All Benefit From.

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We have someone to call on when we need it – no matter how big or small, no matter what the time.

It keeps our parents feeling young and our kids feeling extra loved and supported.

But most of all it means there is lots of love, lots of giggles, and lots of cherished memories for all.

It is just how I hoped it would be.

There is no shortage of play dates with cousins, spur of the moment sleepovers, birthday celebrations, holiday dinners, unexpected coffee dates, special treats when we come to visit, quality time, wisdom passed down, and so much more.

It Is Family. And It Is Wonderful.

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But what I didn’t imagine was how my relationship with my own parents would grow.

We have always had a great relationship.

Always been open and honest with each other.

Always talked on the phone and seen each other when we could.

But for years, as I travelled the world and became my own person, there was always a distance between us.

Yet Moving Closer Has Brought A New And Unexpected Strength To Our Relationship.

It has brought a deeper sense of understanding on the struggles, the joys, and the choices we make as parents.

It had brought a deeper sense of love and appreciation for each other.

It has brought a deeper level of trust.

Seeing how they shower love on my children has simply made me love them even more.

I know they are not there because they have to be. They are there because they want to be.

I know they are there out of pure love. I know they are there for me.

And that is better than I ever imagined it would be.

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