Never at my age


#1

Here I am 52 y/o and about to have my 6 y/o grand daughter live with me until her mama gets her life in order. I have prayed long and hard about the right thing to do and got my answer yesterday. I know what I am doing is right, and I have no regrets whatsoever, but I can use all the prayers I can get. I just want to be the best “Nanny” I can.
~ Kathy ~


#2

May I be the first to offer my prayers and support for you Kathy!!! I have no doubt at all that you’re already the best “Nanny” you can be:thumbsup:


#3

Good Luck Kathy. You are not alone. This is a growing trend in this country. You might find it helpful to join a group of other grandmothers who are also raising their grandchildren, since there are many issues that only others in similar circumstances can share. There are a lot of them around these days. Perhaps your parish even has one. I am sure you will do a wonderful job. And your grandaughter will no doubt benefit from her time spent in your home.


#4

I have no advise, but you and your family have my prayers. :slight_smile:


#5

God Bless You! That’s quite a sacrifice! God must have special plans for both you and your granddaughter. Know that He will not abandon you even through the hard times.


#6

[quote=Katie1723]Here I am 52 y/o and about to have my 6 y/o grand daughter live with me until her mama gets her life in order. I have prayed long and hard about the right thing to do and got my answer yesterday. I know what I am doing is right, and I have no regrets whatsoever, but I can use all the prayers I can get. I just want to be the best “Nanny” I can.
~ Kathy ~
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YOU ARE AWESOME
:clapping:

And may I say that she will be the personal trainer that most movie stars pay MILLIONS for…

My mom is 84…I am 50…I work full time…Mom is retired. Mom is actively involved in the day to day care of three grandchildren (my brother’s kids)…I help on the weekends whenever John needs me…we are convinced that we don’t need gym memberships because of those kids…the youngest is 4 1/2, the next one is 10 and the oldest is 16.


#7

[quote=Giannawannabe]May I be the first to offer my prayers and support for you Kathy!!! I have no doubt at all that you’re already the best “Nanny” you can be:thumbsup:
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I couldn’t agree more :slight_smile:

God Bless


#8

WOW - your grandbaby sure is blessed to have such a caring Nanny!


#9

[quote=Katie1723]Here I am 52 y/o and about to have my 6 y/o grand daughter live with me until her mama gets her life in order. I have prayed long and hard about the right thing to do and got my answer yesterday. I know what I am doing is right, and I have no regrets whatsoever, but I can use all the prayers I can get. I just want to be the best “Nanny” I can.~ Kathy ~
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Bless you Kathy,
I will pray for your family. Your grandaughter is certainly lucky to have you.


#10

God bless you! What an opportunity.:slight_smile:


#11

How great that you are stepping up to the plate here. And here’s to your daughter getting her life in order very soon. God bless you, Kathy, and your little “charge” too! :clapping:


#12

Thanks everyone for all your replies. Chloe’ is such a sweetheart. I am fortunate indeed that God feels I can handle this awesome responsibility. Chloe’ has been coming with me to Mass when she is here on the weekends. And recently I started teaching her some prayers.
Thanks again for your prayers.

                    ~ Kathy ~

#13

So interesting to find this thread. I just returned from a long weekend vacation where I had time to catch up on some reading. One of the magazines a friend had recommended was called “MORE” and it’s geared to lifestyle issues for the 40+ age group. It contained an article that rubbed me completely the wrong way–to the effect of if your grown children/grandchildren need/want your help–tell them to make an appointment–because ‘you’ve come a long way baby’ and are the next-generation grandma (if you even allow them to address you with that matronly title) with a career, social life, travel schedule and spa treatments on your endless to-do list!

The tone of the article was more suggestive of a petulant teenager than a mature, responsible and loving mother or grandmother. I feared it was yet another example of the gracelessness that accompanies much of the boomer generation’s extreme brand of feminism. In sharp contrast, I was buoyed by the OP. What beauty of spirit, confidence, wisdom and love you evince in your post and your path in life. May you have the blessing of your daughter and granddaughter’s gratitude for your generosity, and they, the recognition of what a living angel and reflection of Christ you are in their lives.


#14

[quote=Katie1723]Here I am 52 y/o and about to have my 6 y/o grand daughter live with me until her mama gets her life in order. I have prayed long and hard about the right thing to do and got my answer yesterday. I know what I am doing is right, and I have no regrets whatsoever, but I can use all the prayers I can get. I just want to be the best “Nanny” I can.
~ Kathy ~
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Kathy, My grandmother took me in at age 4 due to recent divorce of my parents and my mom working shift work. By age 8, when my mom wanted to/was able to take me back, I didn’t want to go… I wanted to stay there with my GM and my school and my friends. Thankfully they gave me the choice and I stayed with my grandmother through high school graduation-- then off to college. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, and I thank God for my generous grandmother!


#15

[quote=Island Oak]So interesting to find this thread. I just returned from a long weekend vacation where I had time to catch up on some reading. One of the magazines a friend had recommended was called “MORE” and it’s geared to lifestyle issues for the 40+ age group. It contained an article that rubbed me completely the wrong way–to the effect of if your grown children/grandchildren need/want your help–tell them to make an appointment–because ‘you’ve come a long way baby’ and are the next-generation grandma (if you even allow them to address you with that matronly title) with a career, social life, travel schedule and spa treatments on your endless to-do list!

The tone of the article was more suggestive of a petulant teenager than a mature, responsible and loving mother or grandmother. I feared it was yet another example of the gracelessness that accompanies much of the boomer generation’s extreme brand of feminism. In sharp contrast, I was buoyed by the OP. What beauty of spirit, confidence, wisdom and love you evince in your post and your path in life. May you have the blessing of your daughter and granddaughter’s gratitude for your generosity, and they, the recognition of what a living angel and reflection of Christ you are in their lives.
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Oh I so agree! I really dislike those articles.


I have a dream where all my children/grandchildren either still live at home or on the same block when I’m old and grey and the in-laws about a block further away or living with us. I just don’t understand this attitude of family being a burden to avoid or get rid of these days. :frowning: Our children and our elderly are so vital to families, I can’t imagine just shutting the door. And I don’t even LIKE my in-laws!


#16

God bless you, I don’t think I could do it, and I pray daily my daughters’ marriages stay healthy. Grandmas rock. If it weren’t for them, half the kids in my CCD program would get no faith formation whatever.


#17

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