By: Sue Anganes
priv·i·lege – a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people
I was pretty consistent when my kids were little and made sure they ate the right foods, limited what and how long they watched television, and held them to strict bedtime routines. However, it seems to have all gone out the window (or mostly gone out the window) when I became a Yiayia. My two grandkids somehow changed almost thirty years of consistency and structure to mush. Somehow I started granting special privileges.
What, you want more saltines for lunch? Sure. Yes, I guess you can watch that video again. Okay, you can play games on my phone. No, you don’t have to finish eating that. I’ll help you pick that up. I guess two cupcakes are okay for today….
It’s not that I would ever override their parents’ authority or do anything that would harm their future. It’s just that I can now create that special place- that place where things are a little relaxed; a place where fun sometimes usurps rules, even if it’s just for an hour or an afternoon. My kids had the joy of having that special place with their grandparents, and now I have the chance to step up to the task and allow some special privileges of my own.