Doting lolas are the best!
While a recent study proves that there is indeed a special connection between a grandmother and her grandchildren, this is proof that it's true.
Camille Prats shared a precious photo of her mom fulfilling her dream of shopping with her grandkids.
The host and actress said, "My mom has been talking about this dream of hers since her apos keep adding up (gujab mga kapatid!). She dreams of bringing them to a toy store and finally, that day has come."
She adds, "Good luck sa wallet mo mom! The kids of course had the time of their lives."
Camille's mom, Alma, also shared the photo on her Facebook profile, "Thank you LORD naka labas na mga APO ko sana po maging NORMAL na lahat."
One of the comments on Camille post reads, "That's our happiness Camille. To shop for our apos. I also love shopping for my apos kahit magasgas credit card ko. Hehehe."
The many apos
On Instagram, Camille tagged the Prats grandchildren: VJ Yambao and her kids, Ice, Nala, and Nolan; her brother John Prats and Isabel Oli's kids, Freedom and Feather; and her brother Giancarlo Prats and Kaycelyn Prats daughters, Noelle and Charlie.
While there have been many research studies that prove the benefits of grandkids to grandparents' mental health, a 2014 study from Boston College found that kids who regularly spend time with their grandparents are less likely to experience depression when they become adults.
But what if it's your first time to meet your in-laws and bring your child to their grandchildren?
Meeting your in-laws for the first time
An anonymous mom in the Smart Parenting Village asked for tips on how she can ace her first meeting with her in-laws.
She shares, her partner will be coming home from abroad, but her in-laws insist that they go ahead so they can spend more time with their grandchild.
"Normally, ang partner natin ang magpapakilala sa atin sa parents and family nila diba, pero sa sitwasyon ko wala akong choice kundi humarap by myself," she adds.
"Si MIL ay medyo strikto, at si FIL naman ay maselan pagdating sa cleanliness. Pero super generous at mabait ang grandparents. Mga 1 week namin sila makakasama nang wala si partner."
Moms were quick to give their advice to the anonymous mom.
Mommy Love Cosio, a member of the Smart Parenting Mom Squad, meanwhile said, be yourself and don't worry too much about pleasing them.
"First, be yourself. One can feel sincerity and authenticity - two things na sobrang importante sa life relationships natin."
"Second, be interested to genuinely know them, how you can love and respect them. You can bond with them and ask about your partner's childhood, how you love him and was raised well by them."
"Third, know their love language. Mahilig ba sila sa quality time, words of affirmation.Your partner will definitely appreciate it. But at the end of the day, love and respect yourself ah? Not too much people pleasing too."
Mommy AJMR shared her experience and gave practical tips.
"Be ready lalo na sa mga alam mong needs ni LO like yun snacks nya. Offer to help prepare ng breakfast, then yung bedroom na gagamitin niyo, keep it neat and tidy everyday. Yung mga bags niyo lagi mo lang pagsamahin sa isang [place]. Then bring your own toiletries pa din. Parang nag-tatravel ka din for a family vacation, difference is sa in-laws mo ikaw pupunta."
"Pag nmn andoon sila, try to mingle and smile. Sumagot ka pag tinatanong ka kwento ka ng konti gnyan. Kung naman medyo mag-stay sa room, paalam ng maayos para naman hindi isiping 'Ano ba yan, laging nasa room.'
Saka make them feel na they can talk to you. Wag kaagad ma-offend kung may mga side comments sila."
Mommy Cecilia Barbano said it best, "As grandparents, I think magiging masaya sila kung makikita nila na priority mo ang anak mo."
A study showed that it is etched in a grandmother’s nature to take care of grandkids and to take part in their growing up years.
So parents, let the lolas be with their apos. Everybody will be happy!
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