As a grandparent, you can make your house rules fun

Of course, you always loved your children, but with all the frustrations, you may have wondered what reward you would eventually get for all of your hard work. Then your children had children of their own and you discovered the joys of being a grandparent. And now, one of the greatest pleasures of your life is spending time with your grandchildren.

But perhaps you are new to this whole grandparent game and you are a little unsure of how to handle your new responsibilities when called upon to do some babysitting. Well, one of the first things you can do is establish your own house rules. In some instances, you may be able to break some of the rules that are typically imposed on your grandchildren by their parents. But you also need to find out which rules are non-negotiable.

Once you know what is and is not permissible, then you and your grandchildren can have some "mischievous" fun. Done in moderation, it usually does no harm to let the children forgo naptime or have some extra drinks and snacks. Letting your grandchildren think you are conspiring with them to have some fun on the sly can make them think you are a very cool babysitter.

Every child should have a strong relationship with his or her grandparents. And when grandparents and parents work together to promote the relationship, everyone wins. Unfortunately, sometimes family strife and disputes create situations in which grandparents are blocked from seeing their grandchildren.

But understand, as a grandparent, you are granted some legal rights in the state of Florida. So, if you are being denied access to your grandchildren, you may want to seek the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable family law attorney. The attorney can assess your case and work on your behalf if your grandparenting rights are being violated.

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