Grilled Grandma: Linda

How many children do you have? I have 4 girls and 3 step children.

How many grandchildren? What are their ages? I have 16 grandchildren and one on the way in August. Their ages are 24, 22, 20, 19, 14, 13, 13, 12, 12, 11, 7, 7, 6, 6, 4, 3. There are 6 of them that are step grand children but they are mine in my heart.

Any great grandchildren? Yes, I have 3 greatgrands and 2 on the way: a little girl due just any time and a boy that is due the last of July.

What do your grandchildren call you? They all call me Maw Maw.

How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Well, there are four that are married and have children, now I see them on get-togethers and talk regular to them on the phone or the computer. But the smaller ones, we see them on a regular basis. We have custody of two of them; they live full time with us.

What is the best thing about being a grandma? I think the best thing is the special way the grands talk to me. We have always had a good communication system between us and that makes it special.

What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? Oh, the older kids sometimes seem to be a bit jealous of the little ones, especially the ones that live here with me. But they know I love them and I would do anything for them.

Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. One afternoon we were baking cookies and the kids were taking turns in adding the ingredients to the mix. The little boy didn't think he was doing his share and asked, "What do you want me to do, just sit and watch?"

What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? Well I have three that come down and they stay a week with me during summer break from school. We try to plan the week out so all of my time is spent just on those three children. Like going to the library or swimming in the pool, just sitting and watching a movie together and just cuddling on my bed.

What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? Don't visit them much; they always come to my house. They love my homemade cooked meals and the sweets I cook.

How do you maintain the bong between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? I always keep the communication open so they can feel free to talk to me about anything and not be afraid of being put down.

What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? To respect themselves and other, to be honest, and do their best at anything they do.

What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you? RESPECT

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