Enjoy the grandchildren
Not everybody chooses to have children, and some of you who do will understand just how hard it seems to be to persuade them to give you a grandchild or two nowadays! No amount of coaxing, helpful advice or great granny’s remedies seem to do the trick, as professional and personal lifestyles increasingly take precedence over the equally important business of bringing forth the next generation of little Kiwis. However, as those of you that are lucky enough to have seen the next two generations of your family into the world will know, a whole host of pleasures awaits. Doubly pleasurable, these moments spent occupying your grandchild for a few hours each week, since you needn’t really concern yourself with any of those unpleasant tasks related to actually shaping the wee’un into a creditable and non-delinquent member of society. As if by magic, week by week, little Jack or Jill crosses your threshold with an apparent abundance of newly acquired skills, which you need only marvel at with the appropriate range of laudatory noises and pats on the head. Any mischief while they’re on your home patch can be simply diverted with the judicious application of a scoop or two of technicolour ice cream, or yet another raspberry lamington. And you can be sure that your young (and temporary) charge is canny enough not to bite the hand that feeds it so generously. That sharp and pointy distinction is reserved for mum and dad! So be sure to enjoy the time you spend with your grandchildren guiltlessly: after all it’s your job to indulge their every whim for expensive toys and games, and to permit them to splash in muddy puddles and scuff their new sneakers irreparably. Only then should you hand them back to their jaded, weary parents, with joy in your heart and a twinkle in your eye.