What to do when Grandma has a headache and it is pouring rain?
This is exactly the situation we found ourselves this afternoon. Ruth and Emily arrived at Grandma’s house expecting an afternoon of crafts, baking, or playing games to find a Grumpy Grandma, tired, short tempered and definitely not in a good space to start a craft project or supervisor cooking.
What to do?
Grandma could pretend to be her normal outgoing self and risk an emotional blowout directed at these two beautiful girls and no that would never do so honesty was the best course of action.
"Girls Grandma is not feeling well, she has a headache so no crafts or cooking today's".
The expected disappointment and begging did not happen instead the girls talked among themselves and decided to play in the rain with the numerous umbrellas in Grandpa's umbrella stand and they made Grandma laugh despite her headache.
Next they suggested the McDonalds play area and Grandma had a nice cup of coffee and the air conditioning helped with the headache – Grandma was definitely feeling better.
Their final suggestion was movies in bed and so everyone is having a bath and into Grandma and Grandpa’s big bed we will crawl and watched Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.
Grandma is having fun on a day that her granddaughters planned!
Never underestimate a child's ability to be empathic I believe it comes naturally to them if we give them the chance.
Grandparents do not have to up and ready to play all the time and it is important that we let our grandchildren know when we are not.