As we go through life we all have various rolls we play. Child, smart aleck, know-it-all, student, partner, teacher, parent, grandparent; these are all learning experiences for us as individuals. These rolls also affect the other players.
This is not something I really dwelt upon even though it has been in my peripheral. Now that I have children, this thought comes to the forefront even more. Is how I am playing my roles of Mom, wife, worker, volunteer, human being setting a good example for my kids? Are these roles helping or hurting them? Is it enough?
Even beyond the roles I play, how are the roles of others affecting my children?
One of the biggest roles I look at is that of Grand Parents. Both my grandfathers passed away before I was born. My paternal Grandmother passed when I was very young. Even though I remember her, it is vague. My maternal Grandmother passed when I was in my early 20s . . . . Having only really known my one grandparent how has that affected me as an adult, a parent, eventually a grandparent?
My mom is the epitome of a grandparent. My kids adore her, especially my 4 year old. He knows Nana means cuddles and toys and adventures with the bonus of a guaranteed playmate for any adventure he can think up. My Mom loves it.
I never knew this side of a grandparent growing up. It makes me wonder how other roles in my life molded me and how these roles are molding my kids. In the end am I putting to much thought into the importance of these roles?