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Senior Mom – “I’m not feeling very well today.”
Me – “Hmmm, best stay close and make sure she is OK.”
Daughter – “Our scheduled was changed unexpectedly – would you be able to babysit all the kids today? I can drop them off in ten minutes.”
Me – “Sure, but we’ll have to stay at our house so I can watch Grandma.”
Me – “PRAISE GOD we went to Michaels last week and picked up some easy crafts for kids and grandkids (and us seniors who help them 🙂 )! Yes, they are Christmas projects but that’s OK. I REALLY need them today.”
A Day in the Life of the Sandwich Generation
Such is one day in the life of a Sandwich Generation grandmother this past week. And BOY, I’m definitely NOT kidding. Those easy crafts for kids and grandkids came in SOOOO handy. AND, since they didn’t glue them together, they accidentally fell apart when we were moving them. So they can do them ALL over again on another day. 🙂 Here are the pictures BEFORE they fell apart. 🙂
Stockpile Easy Crafts for Kids and Grandkids
- always have plenty of kid projects on hand, like these fun and easy crafts for kids and grandkids out of foam, for those unexpected babysitting situations and other emergencies.
- it’s really best to glue those foamie craft projects so they DON’T fall apart. 🙂
What’s Your Favorite Tip?
How about you? What’s your favorite tip for combining caring for elderly parents who don’t feel well and babysitting young kids or grandchildren – especially at the last minute?
P.S. Another great resource for the Sandwich Generation grandparents to keep on hand for just such occasions is a set of good books full of even more fun and easy crafts for kids and grandkids, along with paper, markers, glue, and various odds and ends to make all sorts of fun things. Two of my favorite books include Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks and Gooseberry Patch: All Through the Seasons Recipes and Crafts. What are some of your faves?
My grandchildren and I have done some of these foam kits, but we find that they don’t have much play value after they are done. I like the idea of doing ones that can serve as Christmas decorations because the ones that we did are just sitting around the play room getting in the way. Although maybe I could incorporate the pirate ship into my Halloween decorations!