When parents start missing their alone time, it is usually when they ask you (the grandparents) if you would like to have the grandchildren stay overnight. This can be a fun time for everyone involved! You get to spend some more time with the children, and they get to have a break from the regular routine at home. However, sometimes it can be a bit chaotic to have the grandchildren overnight. There are a lot of little things that should be planned for in advance. This article will be going over some tips to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible!
Invest in a Mattress Protector
Sometimes when children are sleeping in unfamiliar places, they get anxious during the night. This is when bedwetting can occur. It is completely normal for children to experience this, but it is not very fun to clean up afterwards. Cover up the children’s mattresses with protectors to make sure that everything will stay nice and dry. The mattress will remain fresh, and you will just need to remove and clean the protector afterwards. Certain brands are rated quite highly for protection, while others are made from cheaper quality materials. Ask a sales representative at the store if you are not sure about the different kinds.
Do Not Vary from Routine too Much
It is nice for children to occasionally get a special treat from grandma and grandpa. However, it is important not to spoil them, or they might learn to take advantage of you. Do not give in too much, no matter how tempting it may seem. For example, if you let them watch their favourite show before bed, do not let them stay up past their bedtime. They already got a treat with the show, and so that is enough for them. Their parents will also appreciate if you stick to their regular routine as much as possible. Then the children will be easier to handle when they are back home again.
Interact with Them
Depending on how often you see your grandchildren, they might still be a bit unsure around you. By getting down to their level and playing with them, you are easing them into becoming relaxed with you. They will be more comfortable with you if they know that you enjoy spending hands-on time with them. Later on in their lives, they will be able to treasure those memories that you made with them.
It can be a lot of fun to have your grandchildren over to stay! They will bring some extra energy into the house with them and liven things up again. It is a good idea to prepare beforehand so that you all end up having a good time. Mattress protectors, routine and interaction are things that you can do to help everyone have lots of fun. It will also make for an easier cleanup for you the next day after they children have gone back home to their parents.