Discovering The World Through My Grandchild’s Eyes.

The promise of tomorrow

And the hope of dreams come true…

A reminder of the childhood

That’s still a part of you…

The wonder of a miracle

From which this love began…

There is so much found in the touch

Of holding a grandchild’s hand. ― Author Unknown –

If you’re a grandparent, you know what it feels like to grasp that little hand. They make you feel like a kid again. You get a chance to relive the good old days of childhood. You can watch the cartoons with him/her. You have an excuse to play pirates or going to the town fair and go on the rides. Your grandchild looks up to you; you’re his/her hero and most trusted friend.

My grandchild inspires me to write and illustrate picture books. I managed to finish a rough thumbnail for a picture book, which is due on August 22nd.

I’m following another course this year to hone my craft titled,

The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children’s Books

This time I am determined to succeed in illustrating my book. It’s hard work, but I’m not a quitter.

The working title is; I’ll do it!

My grandchild is determined and proud, despite his young age; he always wants to help. If he can’t do something, he gets upset, but he never gives up. His parents bought him a toy lawnmower, but he prefers the real one. As soon as we go outside he has me open the garage, and he pulls out the lawnmower, and says, “I cut the grass.” Will he still help when he becomes a teenager?

These adorable grandchildren light up your life. I can’t wait to bring him to the Science and Technology Museum in Milan or to visit Florence, or….

Children’s brains at this age are like a sponge, soaking up huge amounts of information from their environment. Here’s a link to Raising children with Montessori’s Wisdom.

We must stimulate their imagination. Here’s a link about imaginative play. Check it out here.

Don’t restrain their learning capabilities, play along, be a kid for the kid without overdoing it.

This said, which books do you read to your grandchildren?

What activities do you share?

How much time do you spend with them?

What event caught you off guard while babysitting your grandchild?

i.e. toddlers using cell phones.

What will future grandparents teach their grandchildren?

Networking, how to fly to the moon?

I try to teach my grandchild about the simple things in life. Like playing outdoors, in the woods, skipping rope, and building a fort.

What do you think?

Share your experiences with me if you have time.

Take care.

Author: eleanorannpeterson

As a child, I spent my summer holidays by the swamp catching tadpoles and other creepy critters or running after wild animals. I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. But destiny turned my life around - I moved to Italy, where I obtained my BS in Environmental Sciences and Territorial Management. When not working in our family-run business, I write, read, play with clay, doodle, and go on scavenger hunts in the woods, followed by my six cats.

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