Last night, my daughter and I was standing in line with several other women, waiting for a meeting to start at church. Several women there started a conversation about GKs. One lady, about my age, said she has 4 GC. I replied "We'll soon have our 7th GC.". The other lady says "I don't want anymore! Four is enough. I love them, but when they visit, its like a hurricane went through & we're glad when they go home."
Another lady commented on how much she enjoyed her GC, but how glad she is when they leave. This started a conversation on how times have changed, and it isn't as easy to raise kids for this generation, as it was for our generation. This group of women was in the range of 20s yr olds and women older enough to have retired.
I well remember how proud my mom's mother (my MGM) was to have 36 GKS. Thirty-six!! I could not even imagine.....Man, I hope to never have that many......
It makes me think about how many times we read here of someone complaining that a GP wants a "do-over"....or wants "another chance to play mommy & daddy".
Are there seriously any GPs around who REALLY want to be parents all over again?? I know I certainly don't!!!! I would raise any of these 7 precious children if the need arose BUT it would have to be a darn good reason.
We actually have 2 GSs who live with us, along with their parents, because of financial needs. I am hearing of this more and more, with the cost of living. I will love when the day comes, my son & his family can start over again in their own home. I am happy that we can help out, but I would love for hubby and me to have our home back again, just the 2 of us. These 2 GSs does go every other weekend to spend with their MGM, and I love that break!
I see the other GC very often, sometimes 3-6 times a week. I enjoy the kids, and they all love us., but its nice when they all go home.
I have a very close cousin/best friend. She is GM to 5 kids. She has custody of all 5., and she tells me how much she loves them but how hard it is. She is still in her early 50s, I just recently turned 60.
I have never heard any GP express the desire to raise their GKs just to get another chance. Most are like me, get tired and stressed more easily, and is ready to slow down. I am actually enjoying my "senior" years and can say I am happy that my kids are grown. I do not want to do it all over again.
I just find it strange that any GP actually wants to raise their GKs.