When your children are small they think you are wonderful and smart and funny.
As they get a little older they realize you aren’t quite as perfect as they thought. Teachers are smarter and their friends are certainly funnier. And you are often just plain unreasonable.
By the time they are teenagers they see you for what you are: old-fashioned, stupid, and seriously out of touch with the real world.
As young adults they feel sorry for you. Obviously you have one foot in the grave and are doing the best that you can with your limited mind and means.
When they have children of their own they suddenly realize that you’ve had a little experience in this area and maybe you should be consulted from time to time. However, their own lives are still off limits and you often have to bite your tongue in order to stop the flow of advice you’d like to give.
When they reach forty they are a little more tolerant of your strange ideas and old-fashioned knowledge. They still think you are out of touch with reality sometimes, but they are more inclined to think you have a little wisdom with regard to relationships, struggles, and endurance. Perhaps you have lived through a few situations and experienced a few things of interest, even if it was way back then.
If you are still alive when they are old, you get to return to your status of wonderful, smart and funny- at least I hope so!