It’s a new day twenty-century grandmothers are a new kind of breed. I know – I am one. Look around you and you will see that Baby Boomers are changing the face of grandparents. Many have discretionary income and are shrewd in the ways of the world.
Yes, Baby Boomers have a lot of experience and wisdom to share. To state the obvious we are rich in years. Years of love, laughter, joy, sadness, trails, and temptations many years, many lessons.
We’ve seen a lot, from the invention of the television to the landing on the moon, from laptops to smart phones. Baby Boomers are empowered by the fact that we have become the single largest economic group in the United States today. We are educated and increasingly well-preserved. Our social cultural and economic impact on our country has been unprecedented in history.
They can afford spending money on life’s little luxuries. Don’t be surprised when you see Baby Boomer’s hop on their motorcycles to take a road trip or find them spending an evening in front of their fifty inch flat screen T.V. home theater system or booking a trip to Paris. I am convinced Baby Boomers are at the early stages of what promises to be a long-term and lucrative love affair with life. They aren’t just writing a new chapter of their lives they’re writing brand new books.
If you’re a first time grandmother, beloved veteran, or a grandma in waiting, you have at one time or another felt the impact, of being part of the Baby Boomer generation. Like me you might have realised that it doesn’t matter how well-educated you are, how many children you have raised, or how many books you have read about parenting, that in some ways you feel like you are a sham.
Oh! I don’t mean to offend anyone, but do you just find yourself shaking your head and wondering how you did it all? I sure do! Do you agree that some women just can’t admit they didn’t do it all? I think that the reason some Nana’s are a sham is because they never admitted that they didn’t have it all together when they were young mothers. And they are not about to admit they don’t have it all together as grandmothers either. I can’t help but wonder if this commercial had something to do with the perfect mother and grandmother syndrome.
Do you remember the retro commercial Enjoli ? ” I’m a Woman” it was popular in the 1980’s. It goes something like this: I can put the wash on the line, feed the kids, get dressed and hand out the kiss’ and get to work nine to five cause I’m a woman. Enjoli the new eight-hour perfume for the twenty-four hour woman. I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan and never, never let you forget you’re a man.
So as young mothers if we were all that, then being a grandmother should be like a walk in the park. Or is all just a sham? I wonder! Maybe we can’t do it all, and it would be better to admit it. It’s hard for women, to allow the people in our lives to lend a helping hand. I wonder! How much of a role does the media play in our lives?