Growing up, I was incredibly lucky that I not only had two sets of Grandparents but well into my twenties I had a Great Gran who lived to be 96. When I had Charlie, my Parents were so incredibly supportive in every way possible. As a result, Charlie grew up having such a close relationship with them. Sadly a few weeks after the girls were born, my Mom was diagnosed with cancer and passed away nine month later. I feel so sad that the girls never got to know her as she absolutely doted on Charlie and I know she would have done the same with them.
Since losing her, I have realised just how important family are. It has spurred me to become far more carefree and embrace life. Family memories won’t make themselves and this led to our decision to bite the bullet and book a holiday to Orlando with my husband’s parents next year. Not only is it a holiday of a lifetime, but it’s one that the children will get to share with their Parents and Grandparents.
With 72% of grandparents say that the role of being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life, and being a “cool” grandparent helps grandparents to forge strong bonds with their grandchildren. We are so lucky that my Dad lives a few minutes walk away and my in-laws are a ten minute drive so the kids get to spend loads of time with them. When I was younger, my family lives a good hour round trip away so we didn’t get to see them very often. My own Gran now is 84 and only last week did we pop over during half term to see her. It is strange that they do not have their own Gran but their Great Gran is still incredibly fit and healthy. It is lovely to see how hands on she is with them and it softens the loss somewhat.
As we know all too well how unpredictable life can be, I know how important it is to save for the future. Did you know that you can save for the future of your grandchildren tax efficiently, in a Young Savers Plan from Shepherds Friendly? Starting from just £7.50 a month, you can start saving for your little ones future as we all know how expensive cars, houses and university can be.
I often think to the future and wonder if I ever will be a Granny; my husband thinks I am mad when I talk like this but knowing I won’t have any more children myself, I relish in the idea of being a super cool Granny in the (hopefully far away!) future.
Disclosure: This post is written I collaboration with Shepherds Friendly