Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren – Questions My Kids Asked Me
Over the years I’ve had a lot of questions about my beloved grandkids. How they grow up so fast; what makes them act and how they interact with others. Sometimes their behavior is a bit strange but it’s always fun to listen to their reactions and learn about what they are thinking. In this article I’m going to answer the age old question “Why do birds spread their wings?”
To begin with, there are several reasons why birds fly.
It’s a very common belief that birds evolved from more primitive forms of flying creatures. They were likely looking for an easy way to glide from branch to branch when they first evolved, probably in the ocean millions of year ago. And while their bodies are very lightweight compared to ours, they must be aerodynamic to stay afloat and keep their wings in the air.
Did you know though that not all birds are meant to be flighted? In fact, there are only about twenty species left today that can even make short flights and don’t need wings to do so. And just for clarification, flighted birds don’t have to flap their wings at all! They use other systems like wings, flappers, and hummingbirds to propel themselves forward. So, when your little ones asked you “Why do birds spread their wings?”
- A second reason why birds do this is because they can spread their wings out much farther than humans can.
- If you look at the backs of birds, you’ll see that they are covered in long fibers called petals.
- And when a bird wants to move forward they stretch those petals out to reach the distance in which they want to go.
- This is why your little one can sit on the ground next to you and reach for a ball without you having to get down and pick them up!
There’s another reason too.
When a bird wants to mate with a particular female, it will stick in its beak straight up into the air to look for a potential partner. If it doesn’t find anything, it will move onto another piece of furniture or turn around and walk away. It’s just that simple.
Another question my grandkids asked me that day was about “How do birds build nests?”
Well, I had to get the explanation from a scientist, but basically it goes without saying that birds construct nests to give their young a place to grow up. You can see it in action by watching a chickadee build a nest under a tree. It’s a very slow process, as the chickadees slowly build a nest over years.
The third question that day was more along the lines of “Why don’t they ever eat out of doors?”
Well, you know how little birds can get trapped in trees and get hung up on or in or on top of their wings and bodies? So they have to find somewhere else to get food. Well, I suspect it’s because they’re so darn small that they can’t jump high enough to break through those bars!
Those three questions, just show the common knowledge shared by most people.
All three questions were more on the practical side than anything else. Ask a question like that, and people are willing to share their knowledge. In fact, I’d say the most important part of raising grandkids is teaching them the common-sense things. Do that, and raising kids is easy!
So here we are in our fifth year of raising our two grandkids.
I’d say we’ve had some successes, but the biggest thing is that we learned what NOT to do. We’d been doing all the wrong things, and the kids had even less success than we did. We watched our older kid break rules, get into fights with the other kids, start to potty train before he was supposed to, miss multiple weeks of school every year, and even get into drugs.
You may think that I’m going to give them a new set of rules and tell them how to be raised.
That’s not the case. This is one area where I think parents should spend more time together. That’s right, with their children. While you’re raising your grandkids, you’ll have to spend more time with them, and I would guarantee that you’d see some big changes in your kids when you took that step.
One of the biggest questions I get from parents who haven’t raised their own children is, “Do you have any advice on this?” My answer is usually, “Go talk to your grandkids!” That’s right, and here’s why. Ask them questions, and find out what they are asking. Often times, if they ask you something, chances are they’ve been asking you too!
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