Are You an Awesome Grandma?

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By: Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

They say that grandparents always get on the best with kids as they have a mutual enemy. There's a certain truth to this joke, as grandparents and children always have a different perspective on the parents in the mix. Of course, grandparents have an additional layer of wisdom to bring to the mix, as they were once parents themselves. That means they can often understand things in a new way, offering a little more distance, fresher eyes, and the benefit of experience.

That's part of why grandparents can be such a valuable presence in a child's life. The other reason is that it really does take a village to raise a child. Taking some strain off the parents by stepping in to take care of the grandchildren is only the start of it. Children also benefit hugely from having someone in their corner who they can confide in, who is outside of their immediate circle at home. They can hear a different point of view and learn stories about things that happened before they were born. They may enjoy someone to stay with or go on trips with, and they get to be spoiled for a while without it turning them into a total brat!

Truly, a wonderful and involved grandparent is a blessing. A grandma, in particular, can be a genuinely wonderful influence and support for a child and the family generally, as she is statistically more likely to be highly involved, and as a mother herself from a time when mothers were rather more involved than fathers, she has a particularly useful "resume" that can benefit both mothers and fathers today

Are you the greatest granny of them all? Let's find out!

At what age do you think children are cutest?

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A grandchild breaks something in your home. It was an accident. What happens now?

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Your grandchild tells you a secret but asks you not to tell the parent. Do you keep it?

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What do you always have on you when you hang out with the kids?

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How much babysitting do you do?

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How often do you and your grandkids communicate independently of the parents' involvement?

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How close are you to the parent who ISN'T your child?

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Do you ever go out of the country without telling the family?

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How near do you live to the family?

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How many grandkids' birthdays could you remember without checking?

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However frequently or infrequently you talk, by what means do you communicate with your grandkids?

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Have you ever looked after a sick grandchild so their parents could go to work?

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If you can, do you contribute financially to your grandkids' upbringing on an ongoing basis?

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What is a typical outing for you and the grandkids?

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If you say you'll pick up the kids at 7 p.m., what time do you typically arrive?

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The parents say there is a no ice cream rule. Do you flout it?

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How much do your coworkers (or if you are retired, your friend group) know about your grandkids?

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Do you feel obliged to show up for the family all the time?

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Have any of your grandkids ever solicited your advice?

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At school, your grandkids are asked to draw Grandma doing her favorite thing. What do they draw?

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What sort of pet do you have?

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If money were no object, what is the first thing you'd do for your grandkids?

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Part of grandparenting means accepting that you may have your own needs soon. Have you made plans for retirement, medical and a will?

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Do you spend one-on-one time with the parent who IS your child?

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Is any time of day off-limits for the parents to call you with a grandkid-related emergency?

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Would you ever move to another town to be close to your grandkids?

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What is the best thing about having grandchildren?

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Do you have a favorite grandchild?

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Many grandparents promise childcare or financial support to tip their kids toward having children sooner rather than later. Be honest: if you made such a promise, have you kept it?

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What is your number one worry as a grandparent?

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