Friday, December 23, 2005

The Difference Between Parents and Grandparents

The other night Tracy's parents came over to see the grandkids. Tracy and I had been trying to feed the kids their solid food dinner, and it wasn't going well.

"Eugene," Tracy sternly told our son, "I can't get the spoon in there when you close your mouth."

"See?" she said to me with exasperation, pointing at Little Eugene with the spoon. "He's closing his mouth before I get the spoon all the way in. Half the food goes in his mouth, half the food gets all over his face!"

"I know," I told her. "He's been doing that for the past couple of days. It's driving me crazy, too."

"Here, look at Olivia," I said to Tracy, as food dripped down her face and on her bib. "I can get the spoon in there fine, but the food gets pushed out again because Olivia keeps sticking her tongue out!" I exhaled deeply in frustration.

Just then Ed and Aleene arrived. I asked them if they would you like to feed the kids some dinner. They eagerly said yes, each taking a seat in front of one of the kids. We were ready for a break, and quickly got out of the way.

"Have fun!" I said sarcastically, content to watch someone else get frustrated for a while. But, that's exactly what they did. They smiled and made goo-goo faces, which these previously uncooperative children reciprocated. The feeding continued.

"Oh, look Ed! Olivia keeps sticking her tongue out and it's getting food all over her face," my mother-in-law said with a laugh.

"Look, look," she said laughing. "She's doing it again!"

"You're just as bad as your brother," my father-in-law playfully told his granddaughter. "He keeps closing his mouth before I can get the spoon in!"

Aleene looked over and laughed. "He's got food all over the place!" she said.

This went on and on. Tracy and I stared in bewilderment. We eventually looked at each other.

"Isn't this the same behavior that we were pulling our hair out over just ten minutes ago?" I asked my wife.

"I think it is," Tracy told me.

"So, what's the difference?" I asked her.

"I guess it's the difference between parents and grandparents," she said.


Blogger Amy said...

God bless the grandparents. Without my parents, we'd be stark raving mad by now.

11:00 PM, December 23, 2005  
Blogger CINDY said...

I just found your blog. You have beautiful babies! I'm a grandmother to g/g twins. The word "grand" in grandchildren could not be any more fitting unless it was "ultimate-joy".

9:14 AM, December 31, 2005  
Blogger Gene said...

AMY: We couldn't do it without them. Friends of ours have twin 2 year old girls, and the nearest grandparents are 2 hours away. Yikes!

CINDY: Thanks for the compliment. They are beautiful babies. And I'm not just saying that because they're mine. Other people have said so. My dad tells me that all the time;)

A coworker of mine summed up grandparenting best with a t-shirt he got after his first granddaughter was born. It read: IF I HAD KNOWN GRANDKIDS WERE THIS MUCH FUN I WOULD HAVE HAD THEM FIRST.

12:59 PM, December 31, 2005  

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Unnecessary Parental Competitiveness

I know all parents are proud of their children. And I don't mean to brag. But, I must say, my son is really advanced.

Eugene has just gotten his seventh tooth. That's right. He has seven teeth! The boy is barely 8 months old, and he's out-pacing kids twice his age.

Now, I understand some children are dentally challenged. Parents, don't worry if your 1 year old is still working on his first top tooth. Every child develops at their own pace. They will eventually end up with the same number of teeth.

My kid just happens to be kicking your kid's butt!


Blogger David Lim said...

Congratulations to Eugene on seven teeth! Isn't being a Dad great? I thought sports was the ultimate high, but nothing compares to the pride you get when your off-spring does something amazing like, oh, sucks her thumb for the first time! :-)

1:43 AM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger Gene said...

Bring on those firsts! The one thing I'm looking forward to is the ability of the kids to feed themselves. I'd almost be willing to trade a Steelers playoff spot for that. Almost.

11:51 AM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Gene. You are talking crazy. My kids CAN feed themselves. However, I would be willing to feed them all of their meals by hand again for a month for a Bucs first round bye.

2:11 PM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger Gene said...

Maybe the formula fumes are making me delirious. I've said all season that our destiny lies in Detroit where we'll bring Jerome Bettis back to his hometown for a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! WOHOO! GO STEELERS!...Whew...Thanks, Sarah, for bringing me back to reality.

2:38 PM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I do what I can.

2:43 PM, December 15, 2005  

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Saturday, December 10, 2005



To all parents introducing solid foods to your children: WARNING! Beech-Nut Stage 2 Prunes may have unanticipated effects on your children and your children's clothing, as well as anything they happen to be sitting upon.

Beech-Nut Stage 2 Prunes are not just a step above Plums. The laxative effect of Beech-Nut Stage 2 Prunes is markedly enhanced.

For parents who decide to feed their children Beech-Nut Stage 2 Prunes, proper site preparation is recommended. Begin with plastic sheeting covering surfaces 3 to 4 feet in all directions. Two baby lengths is a good rule of thumb.

For yourself, wear old clothing, perhaps something you've used for painting. For the children who don't really have "old" clothes, dress them in something they've nearly out grown. Be prepared to throw away all clothing.

Have a bucket of warm, soapy water on hand. Keep a ready supply of clean, fresh rags. As a final note, Febreze Fabric Refresher will help minimize any aromas lingering in affected areas.


Blogger Childsplayx2 said...

thanks for the tip. I think we'll stay away from the laxatives for now. Bananas are next on the list.

11:59 PM, December 12, 2005  
Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Peaches work in the same way - but they don't stain as much.

8:30 AM, December 13, 2005  
Blogger Amy said...

Don't you just love Febreze? We haven't made it past cereal yet, but I'll keep the advice in mind.

11:01 PM, December 23, 2005  

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