You never understand the true value of summers until you grow up and realise that you don’t get 2 months off to just do as you please. Being an expat kid, all our summers were spent in Mumbai at my Nani’s house, where most of my cousins would fly in from their hometown. Imagine at least 8 – 10 kids of different age groups under one roof.
I still fail to understand how our moms managed us by themselves as my dad would come only for 2-3 weeks. Those are some of the best memories of my childhood. Every other day Nani would give us a few rupees to go down and get ourselves ice-lollies or some roadside sandwich. We would also run behind the chickens in the neighbourhood. At night we would get to hear some amazing stories from our grandmother who would always sleep off halfway through. All of of us would sleep in one big row on the floor next to her bed and wake up to her singing devotional songs and ringing the bells so loudly. Hats off to my cousins whose house we lived in as we pretty much invaded their space for 2 months in a year! These beautiful memories will last for a lifetime.
As the summer break is coming to an end I am reminiscing my own vacations as a child. My kids will never experience the kind of fun we had going to Mumbai every summer, as my parents are living in the same city as me and I hardly take the time out to go and stay with them unless it’s during the summers as the kids are off. These holidays I spent the last 15 days at my parents and it reminded me of my childhood spent at my Nani’s house! Made me sit and think about why is staying at grandparents house so precious. Of course now the reasons below are completely different from what my reasons would’ve been.
So here are the top 7 reasons why my kids love Nani’s house!
1.Nani’s Decision Supersedes Moms
This is definitely one of the best part as moms have no say when it comes to the upbringing of their kids around the grandparents. If I say why are they eating so much junk, the immediate reply is ‘you grew up eating junk too’ or if I say stop fighting all the time, I end up hearing ‘that’s what you and your brother did throughout the day.’ Really there is no winning with a grandparent. They have an answer to everything.
2. No Sleep Curfew
After endless efforts to put them to bed, they are still super hyper even after midnight as they are busy playing 6 little monkeys jumping on the bed and some midnight wrestling with granddad. No sleep curfew of course also extends to no time limit to sleep in.
3. Unlimited Candies
Grandparents love bribing the kids with candy. I keep hearing my mom tell them if you finish eating your food I’ll give a chocolate. If you don’t fight then you get a lollipop! And obviously who has to run behind them when they have a sugar rush…. meeeeeee
When we are home the kids eat whatever is cooked during the day but at Nani’s house they just demand what they want to eat. Pizzas for lunch, laddoos for snack time, burgers for dinner. Their every demand is met.
5. Head Massages
This part I love too. My mom loves applying hair oil to them and of course I get into the line too. The kids love getting a salon style head massage and demand for some foot massage at the same time!
6. Fun with Cousins
During school days the kids get to meet their cousins only once a week but during summers they are together 24/7 and it’s never enough. They make up their own games, play board games, jump off bunk beds, followed by endless fights.
7. Endless Movie Marathons
Back-to-back movies throughout the day courtesy grandparents who don’t have any restrictions to time. If that was not enough my parents have installed a projector and a big screen too.
Have your kids got their grandparents wrapped around their little finger too? I would love to hear your stories in the comments below.