If you're lucky enough to have supportive parents, you know the important role grandparents can play in the upbringing of your children. When my daughter was born, my mom came over regularly so I could heal. She taught me how to make newborn life easier and provided unwavering support and comfort to both me and my family. My dad stepped up his game after my son was born. He came to babysit just so I could run to the gym, and now he takes my kids to and from school. Recently, I asked moms to share the one thing that makes their parents the best grandparents and, based on the responses I received, it's kind of hard to choose just one thing. I guess it's tough to pinpoint exactly what makes grandparents so great, but the fact that they love us and our children unconditionally is probably the foundation of their greatness.
Grandparents can truly be your kids' best friends, and I know my grandma was mine. When my grandmother was alive we spent a good majority of our time together. At some points in our lives, my immediate family either lived with her or she lived with us. She was the person I told my secrets to and I knew I could share whatever it is I wanted with her without any type of judgement. She taught me how to be confident and how to use my voice and unapologetically take up space. She was my role model as well as confidant.
My children are close with their grandparents, too. They visit often, babysit, and sometimes cook meals specifically for my kids. My son is actually obsessed with my dad and my daughter adores my mom. Both of my kids love going to grandma and grandpa's house, where my in-laws spend the entire time playing with them and tending to their every need. I know I am incredibly lucky for my parents and in-laws and so are my children, and it turns out I'm not the only mom counting her blessings: