Research indicates that grandparents, who spend time with grandchildren are healthier, and more mentally and physically fit than those who do not. This is great, but to everything there is a limit, especially as we age.
Author Gene Perret is responsible for the quote An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly. I agree with Mr. Perret, to a point. I love my grandchildren, but at age 56, anything more than an hour of phyysical activity takes its toll on me. I have found a way around this however.
I try to find activities where I can watch them, or limit y interact. An occasional bounce on the knee, or picking them up for a hug is great. I can no longer ride the on my back. My grandchildren are 2, 3 and 7. They are full of energy. My wife will get in the floor and crawl with them, and run through the park playing hide and seek My wife also walks 3-5 miles daily. I have not arrived yet.
Board games and card games with grandchildren are fun. I am about to teach my oldest grandson to play chess. Another fun activity is hanging out with the at a local water park. There are multiple ways for us all to get wet. Spending time with y grandchildren really does make me feel younger.
When I do feel up to playing with them, I limit myself to the one hour Mr. Perret spoke of. When they are eating, or napping I get my second wind. I do enjoy them sitting on lap and giving me hugs and kisses There is nothing that gets the Adrenalin pumping faster than hearing one of them say, “I love you grandpa.”
Letting the little ones ride in the shopping cart is really fun. I can shop and get time with them simultaneously. When we go around corners they pretend they are on an amusement park ride. My grandchildren put a smile on my face, and smiling makes us happy.
The bible says in Proverbs 17:22, that a merry-cheerful-happy heart works like medicine. I believe that is why God gave us grandchildren, because they make us happy cheerful and merry. They are indeed good medicine.