Me and JP, Observing Kindness…

 

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I’m participating in the 2016 Kindness Challenge hosted by Niki over at The Richness of a Simple Life.  For Week Two, we were focused on observing kindness around us.  I’ve found that no one really seems to understand innate kindness like small children.  They are so quick to accept others, share things, say hello, wave, hug goodbye, and play together easily.

About a month ago a couple of my friends who babysit their grandchildren and I decided it might be fun to get the kids, JP, who is  3 1/2, and Ella and Elizabeth, who are both four, together to play while we grandmas visited and didn’t have to entertain them for a few hours.  It was a downright brilliant and inspired idea!

The girls go to two different preschools part-time and my grandson JP will be starting late this summer, so with their schedules and ours, Tuesday afternoons were the time that worked the best for all.  And, thus, the Grandmas Playgroup was born.

We meet at one of our children’s houses because that’s where the toys are.  And because one of the girls has a baby brother, we’ve been meeting at their house so he can have an afternoon nap in his own crib.  The kids had met a few times in the last year or so but not to play in a group.  We weren’t sure if it would work out because three can be a tough number sometimes…

So far it’s been wonderful fun.  The children are just so accepting of each other and play together so nicely.  They share toys, offer each other snacks and help each other with dressing up.  One week I’d gone upstairs to check on them and Ella was helping JP put his Ninja Turtle shell on.  So cute.  And so kind!

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The first week dress up together…Elsa (from Frozen), Cedric (from Sophia the  First) and a Fairy Princess

And this past week we had a few friends ask to join us, because obviously, Grandmas Playgroup is the place to be!  And word had spread that we had such a good time — we’re ladies who lunch minus the lunch and plus the grandkids!  We bring fruit snacks or grapes or juice boxes for the kids and one friend makes delectable treats each week, along with a pot of tea.

Most of the time the kiddos run upstairs to dress up or play in the pretend kitchen in the playroom or downstairs in the family room while we visit in the real kitchen.

Has it been totally perfect?  Well, there have been the occasional incidents, like jumping on the bed with someone hitting his head on the side table when he fell off…  And when the play tent collapsed, which was no big deal, they all raced downstairs to tell us, claiming it was everybody’s fault!

After the jumping on the bed incident two weeks ago, JP and I had a talk on the way to Playgroup last week:

Me:  What’s something we shouldn’t do when we’re at Elizabeth’s house?

JP:  No spitting.

Me:  Well, yes, that’s a good one.  What about no what on the bed?

JP:  Oh, yeah, no jumping on the bed.  And no hitting.  No hitting the girls with my Ninja Turtle scythes because if I do, mama said she will take them away and throw them in the garbage!

Me:  Okay, then…

 

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The weekly goodbye hug…

And on the drive home after Playgroup:

Me:  Justin, did you have a good time playing with your friends today?

JP:  Yep.  Nana, did you have a good time playing with your friends?

Me:  You know, I really, really did!

And then we sing along with his favorite Taylor Swift song on the radio…

~ Diane D.

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57 responses

    1. Thanks, Juli. We have so much fun:)

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  1. What fun!!! A grandma playgroup. Reading the post took me back 34 years in time.😊

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    1. Thanks, we do have such a good time together 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful post this is!!! Your relationship with JP is lovely…It makes me miss my grandpa…he’s no more but wherever he is, he will know that I thought of him…and he will probably send you a silent thanks for reminding me of him once again! 🙂

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    1. Oh, I’m glad you thought of your grandpa! I would not trade this time with JP for anything, we are making wonderful memories 🙂

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      1. When JP grows up, he will hold these very memories closest to his heart! Sending lots of love your way…

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  3. Hahahhhaa that was too cute! Nana did you have fun playing with your friends? This post is too true though. Kids are so ready to give, forgive, accept… they are great examples!! Thank you so much for highlighting this 🙂 So glad you have such a great role model in your life 😉

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    1. I am very lucky, it’s true 😉 Glad you liked!

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  4. That is tremendous! Nana gets to play with her friends, too!

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    1. Thanks, Meg, anything to get together with our friends, right?

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      1. Yes, indeed! An opportunity not to be missed! 🙂

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    1. It really is! Thanks for reading ❤

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  5. Kids are such funny birds. If you let ’em, they’ll teach you more than any book, and keep you young at heart. 😃

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    1. Wouldn’t trade this time with JP for anything. He makes me laugh every day!

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  6. So cute. Kindness always

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    1. Thank you, most children are so kind, I’ve found…

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  7. Tons o fun ❤️

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    1. We have a great time and less babysitting!

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      1. That’s fantastic

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  8. How cute. Nana you make good company and I bet you enjoy the time with the little ones 🙂 JP is going to be a true gentleman with his Nana teaching him good stuff.

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  9. Ahh so precious 😄. I love the “no hitting with my ninja turtle scythes” that cracked me up. Kids are the best!

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  10. Out of the mouths of babes….. 😉 Lovely!!! Hugs! ❤

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  11. I pushed through and read it because #1 I love to read anything you write because you are such a good writer and I learn much from your word and #2 I’m living vicariously through your grandma days because I too am a grandmama, but unfortunately my duties have been put on hold…for now ❤ I'm thinking I'll put us down for Friday, June 3rd ??? How's that for you ??? Blessings Grandmama D ❤ The website should be up tomorrow, check back Love ya

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    1. That should work for me, thanks! I’ll email you, k?

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      1. Sounds good, you have my email ??

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      2. Yep, the one you use with WP.

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      3. That’s the one…Looking forward to it. I’m in need of a new lunching partner. Such a fun thing to do, to lunch…See you soon 😉

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      4. Excellent! I sent you an email!

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  12. What a great idea! I loved our moms playgroups for the same reason. I’m actually not sure what the kids did, but we had a great time. 🙂

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    1. Hahaha, we’re not always sure, either, as long as there are no tears and blood 🙂 shh, don’t tell our kids…

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  13. Beautiful photos. God bless them.

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    1. Thanks! Did I find my way into your spam again on your site?

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      1. I am well behind in my responding to comments. But I will check.

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      2. No, you’re not in my spam, but I bet if you were it would be delicious.

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  14. This is so adorable! My kids are in their fight-with-each-other phase, but they are still kind. A contradiction, I know… My daughter is always making things for people for no reason. She always wants to help — often with things she can’t even physically do yet! And if anyone gets hurt or is sick, she’s right there giving hugs. I have no doubt someday she is going to be a great mom.

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    1. As, that is sweet. I love how kids are so nurturing!

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    1. Thanks, keeps everyone happy!

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      1. I love this post! kids are amazing!

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  15. It is a brilliant idea and both of you are having a great time with friends 😀 Ninja Turtle scythe…hehe..so sweet… ❤

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    1. thank you, it is kind of a win win!

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  16. What a a great idea and it obviously works for everyone. Such a gorgeous post, so much love and cuteness there. Love it. 🙂

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    1. We have the best time and the kids do, too!

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  17. Hi, I check your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

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