I’m a parent who (thankfully, because I’m only 32) hasn’t reached the stage of grandparenthood. But, I look forward to the day when I can stay up late with, play games with, buy too many clothes and toys for, watch TV all day with, and feed junk food all day long to the children I love and then send them home to their parents without having to worry about the tedious details of raising children like disciplining them, feeding them healthy food, making sure they get to bed on time, teaching them to clean their room, helping them with homework, etc. because, let’s face it- spoiling a grandchild is way more fun than raising their parents.
It may sound impossible, but you can actually have grandkids without first raising their parents. And, you don’t even have to wait until you’re grandparent-aged. You can do this while you’re still young and spry.
So, are you wondering yet how can you claim your bonus grandkids? I’ll delay no further in telling you.
1) You can be a foster family grandparent.
Seriously, the only thing you need to do is find a foster family and then treat those foster kids like you would your own grandchildren. And, you get to set your own level of involvement, too. You could buy new clothes for the kid, or attend their football game or band concert, or make a dinner for the family, or bring them an Easter basket, or go to their birthday party, or send them a card in the mail- the possibilities are endless and the only requirement- that you do something to show them they’re loved. And, one possible HUGE bonus- you might get to love a child who’s never experienced the love of a grandparent before. Talk about spreading the warm fuzzies!
2) You can rock babies. As. Much. As. You. Want.
Everyday in hospitals across the country, newborn babies become wards of the state. Due to their physical circumstances, these babies are likely to require extra medical care meaning they may have to stay at the hospital for additional weeks or months following their birth. But, often times, their birth family is limited or prohibited from visiting them. Unless someone else volunteers to hold these babies, their only contact during this time will be with medical staff. It’s no secret that physical contact with other humans is a crucial part of a baby’s development and survival. The good news is that, if you are able to pass a background check, you are qualified for this job. Yay! Bring on the baby cuddles! All. Day. Long!
3) You can spoil a kid for up to 72 hours and them send them home.
I just wrote a post the other day about our first experience doing this. I loved it. I got to rock a baby to sleep, feed her chocolate chip pancakes the next morning, do her hair in a funny ponytail, watch her cuddle a cat and dog for the first time- and the bonus? I didn’t even have to wash her dirty clothes! (Of course, I wanted to, really, but, hey, I ran out of time. Sometimes that just happens to grandparents.) Then, we sent our foster baby back to her “real” foster parents and our lives continued on as normal. There are just a few papers you have to fill out to get licensed to do this, including a background check and fingerprints. And then, once you get licensed as a support home, you get to choose when you’re available to give the “real” foster parents a break. It’s kind of like selective grandparenthood, with the added bonus of being able to say “no” and not worrying about if the kid’s parents are going to put you in a bad nursing home when the time comes. I see that as a definite win-win!
So, are you ready to claim your bonus grandchildren??? Ask me if you want more info!