Becoming a grandmother is a wonderful thing if you are ready for it and even if you are not ready to be bestowed with the title. As a grandmother I found out that the job is harder than I imaged. The little people are challenging and competitive and the adult children are more troublesome now than when you raised them yourself. This is a learning lesson that most mothers learn at some point in their life time and its heartwarming and informative for grandmother’s to be. In these pages you can share my journey of the ups and downs of a grandmother and maybe if you are having these same issues you will feel better knowing that we all belong to a club and get the same pouts when we say no to something and use the same psychology when it’s time for bed.
J Elliott-Howard is a native of New York, New York. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She has had a successful career in corporate America. A divorced mother of two adult children and a grandmother of three. Enjoys photography and water color painting. She had been known to always see her glass as half-full instead of empty. She had a very interesting way of relating to people and her peers always seem to gravitate to her idealism. She has always been told that she ought to be an author based on her delivery methods of good, bad or indifferent news. She always manages to keep herself and those around centered in thought and action. In addition to writing she runs a blog called Janice's Take On It at www.janiceelliotthoward.com. Her newest project is a podcast called "Thoughts in the Car" that can be found at soundcloud.com/jyhoward or in the iTunes store.
The moment I realized that child-rearing was something that I would do for my entire existence, I wanted to throw in the towel or wave a white flag of surrender. I have never been one who suffers from anxiety but it sure feels that way each day that I tackle the idiosyncrasies of three little people and their adult parents. Everyone is opinionated from age one to thirty-one. The pressure to perform mounts when all I want to do is dismiss them all. This journey that I am on is gratifying in that I know it is necessary for the future of my family to blossom. It escapes me at this moment of who coined the phrase but nothing worth having is easy and I am a living testament to this every day.
The book is now completed, the pages are filled with occurrences of rage, anxiety, despair, love and triumph. It is my therapy to combat the ill feelings of being trapped and discarded while at the same time being loved and needed..
Being A Grandmother
This is my experience with witnessing the act of grand-parenting as well as my own. As of this writing, I currently have three grandchildren. Being a Grandmother can be a blessing and curse. I only hope that you are wise enough to recognize the difference. This is a learning experience where you don’t have time to prepare. You just jump in with both feet and hope for the best.