grandmother and grandsonBy Dean Adams

Grandparent is a great role to have.  Usually, you can dole out all the love you want without having to worry too much about discipline.

Unlike their hardworking, busy parents, you can spoil your grandchild with time and attention.

Not only should you strive to be a good grandparent, you should also want to be a cool grandparent.  You be envied by your friends and the rest of your family will be proud of your new title too.

Here are four things you can do that will surely earn you the title of coolest grandparent in town.

What to Do:

Throw a party,for no reason at all.

How to be Particularly Awesome

· Choose a random, non-holiday related day for your party.

· Make it even better by planning the fiesta after a particularly difficult day or week.  Who wouldn’t want to indulge in some cake after losing the big game?

· Make the party an impromptu celebration of everything that makes your grandchild special.

· Go all out.  Buy (or make) a cake.  Put up streamers and balloons.  Stop by a party store and get some funky hats.

What to do:

Go on vacation.

How to be Particularly Awesome:

  • Bring your grandchild with you on a vacation you have already planned.  For example, if you are an RV junkie, bring you grandchild with.  Your family has probably been hearing you talk about it for years.  By now, your grandchild is probably curious about what all the fuss is.
  • Take your grandchild somewhere Mom and Dad don’t want to or can’t go.  Do your daughter and son-in-law dread going to Disneyland because of the long lines and high price of admission?  Make your grandchild’s (and child’s) day by offering to make the trip instead.
  • If you can’t manage a vacation, how about a field trip?  Go to the zoo, park, lake, art museum, mini golf course, or other cool hangout.

What to do:

Ask about the people your grandchild admires.

How to be Particularly Awesome:

  • Is your granddaughter a fan of the latest boy band?  Does your grandson idolize the local basketball team?  Offer to take your grandchild to see their favorite role model.  The music or ambiance might not be your cup of tea, but it will mean the world to your grandchild.
  • Learn more about the people your grandchild is interested in.  Ask questions and listen to your the responses.  Do a bit of research on your own.  Being able to add information to the next conversation might just make you grandparent of the year.
  • Accept the fact that his or her role model might (definitely!) be different than yours.  You may not understand a single word that rapper utters, but that obviously isn’t an issue for your grandchild.  Don’t belittle his or her preferences just because they are different from yours.

What to do:

Do what your grandchild likes to do.

How to be Particularly Awesome:

  • While you might think the phrase, “been there, done that,” applies to your life, there are always new things to learn.
  • Ask your grandchild to take a class with you.  If your grandson plays the guitar, ask him to go to a lesson with you so you can learn to play too.  If your granddaughter likes art, ask her to accompany you to a pottery class.
  • Ask your grandchild for advice even if you don’t really intent to follow it.  Your grandchild will appreciate you paid attention to what he or she is interested.  Also, by asking for an opinion, you’ll make your grandchild feel important.  For example, ask your granddaughter how to update your wardrobe.

You might have days where you feel like an old fuddy duddy.  However, you can also have days where you feel like the coolest grandparent on the planet.

About the author

Guest author Dean Adams wanted to be a cool grandparent. 

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