Being a first-time grandparent can be incredibly rewarding and fun as you enjoy the joy of first steps, words and birthdays. Of course, being a new grandparent isn’t without its challenges, from deciding how much time to spend together to knowing when to dispense gems of parenting wisdom.
Whether you’re actually preparing for your first smile or your first steps, make the most of the moments you’ve witnessed. Celebrate each milestone (big or small) and don’t forget to record progress for posterity. Always take a camera or a journal with you… and be sure to call your parents if a special event happens without them.
If you’re a long-distance grandparent, make sure you’re ready for those important Skype calls. And if, for whatever reason, you are denied or estranged from your grandchild, take steps to clarify your rights as a grandparent and try to keep all lines of communication open (if possible) to show that you are always within reach.