“I know your mom said not to give you a pacifier, but don’t worry — I have a secret stash!”
- You suddenly consider bedtimes arbitrary and discretional.
- You cannot walk through a store without checking out the children’s department for deals on stuff you would never have bought your own kids.
- You are struck with memories of your own child’s early life you thought you’d long forgotten.
- You find yourself defending your own parenting practices by saying things like, “Well, we did that back when YOU were a kid and you turned out just fine!”
- You have a new mantra: “What happens at Grandma’s, STAYS at Grandma’s.”
- You laugh to yourself when the grandchildren misbehave because you’re pleased your kids are finally getting a taste of their own medicine.
- Your antacid drawer also contains Dora Band-Aids.
- You sit in awe and amazement (and, frankly, bewilderment) as your three-year-old grandchild shows you how to use an iPad.
- You always have a treat on-hand for bribing and spoiling purposes.