Sorry if this has already been addressed, but there is a lot of wisdom on this board that needs to be shared.
Fraternal twins,, 7 year old, mother and au pair came over today to trim the tree. Arrived staving; no surprise. Wolfed 3 slices of poteca each with a half-gallon of milk before embarking on project.
Tree decently clad, they needed lunch. Sliced up some pears and apples, found some clementines. Boiled up some mini-farfale, tossed with homemade red sauce.
Attention veered to setting up their 'tea shop" in the living room. Boxes of fake food, small serving pieces, tablets for taking orders, jar of pennies for purchases. About half hour.
Behavior going south before their mother and I steered them toward the door.
A lovely holiday afternoon... but...
MORAL: IF YOU PLAN TO HAVE KIDS, DO SO EARLY ENOUGH SO THAT YOU WILL NOT BE GERIATRIC GRANDPARENTS. i.e., grandparenting in your 50s sounds about right.