I am so thankful for my parents and what great Grandparents they are to Arabella. They want to be with her all the time, and they can be now that we live within walking distance. All a grandchild, or any child, really wants is your time with your undivided attention.
JoJo and Dara take every opportunity to come see Arabella and they make the most out of each visit. They get down and play with her on the floor, they read to her, they paint with her- they do just about anything she asks of them (except TV and videos- they do refrain from that activity.) For example, Arabella loves to run and jump, and of course she asks JoJo to cartwheel for her. He never disappoints her. He is right there running, jumping and laughing with her. Talk about Physical Therapy. : )
There are many studies that show when a child has her Grandparents involved in their lives, they feel more secure and confident. Extended family help a child just as much, although it does not necessarily have to be blood-relatives. The WHOM is not as important as the WHAT. A child needs to feel love and security among those closest to them, regardless of whom the caregiver may be. I am so thankful for ALL of Arabella's extended family. She is so blessed to have so many wonderful people in her life.