Input from other grandparents?
Our grandson will be 2 years old in December, we have only the one grandkid so far. I am wondering if anyone can relate to what I am experiencing.
I seem to be totally obsessed with him being SAFE. Way more than is necessary. And I can't seem to help myself. I have to stop myself from putting a helmet on his head before I let him loose in the house. We have slate tile in one room and I cannot relax if he's in there - I have to HOVER so he doesn't fall off the couch and whack his head. I prefer he not even be IN that room. His bedroom at our house is upstairs and he has a handle lock so he can't open the door but I have to also put up a gate and another lock in order to even sleep when he's there. If he's running around outside and goes near our deck steps I freak - all I can see is him falling and cracking his head on the stones. I wake up at night convinced he is out of his bed finding something in his room (which is THOROUGHLY babyproofed) to stick into the electrical outlet and electrocute himself or something. Or about to fall out the window because he pushed something over to it and climbed up and managed to open it and push the screen out.
It doesn't help that he DID fall down the stairway once (I wasn't there and I wish my daughter hadn't even told me) and was perfectly fine, and DID escape from his room once when my daughter was asleep and she found him in the kitchen IN THE KNIFE DRAWER. And DID fall off the couch once onto the slate floor. And he ALWAYS has a bruise on his head. I KNOW my own kids (my daughter is the youngest, she has two older brothers) didn't freak me out this way and they had accidents just as much but I do NOT remember CARING so much. It's freaking exhausting.
Is this just part of being a grandparent?? Or do I need a psychiatric intervention?
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