National Grandparents Day is coming up! It’s the first Sunday after Labor Day. What are you going to do? What are you going to encourage your kids to do?
Here are a few of our ideas to help you get started!
1. If their grandparents live far away, have the kids write a letter to their grandparents, telling them how much they love them and can’t wait to see them again. This accomplishes caring for grandparents and teaching your children how to write letters—a dying art!
2. If you have little ones, perhaps write your own card and have the babies make a handprint on the card. Or get a photo taken, printed, and mail it. Write on the back, “We love you guys! They miss you, too!”
3. Have your children pray for their grandparents, thanking God for the people in their lives.
4. Little girls LOVE picking wildflower bouquets and giving it to their mommies. Have them give it to their grandmother instead, if possible.
5. Encourage your children to ask their grandparents about their lives as children. Older children might get the chance to hear about growing up during the Great Depression or World War II. Younger children will still hear exciting stories about their grandparents.
6. Have your older child go through the old family album and ask his grandparent who’s in the picture and when it was taken. Have them write the information on the back. Losing that valuable information can be frustrating down the road if it’s never done.
7. Give them big hugs and tell them how much they mean to you and the children.
8. Put together a “care package” for their grandparents. It can teach children how to buy gifts and think of what other people might like. It will also teach them about their grandparents, like who enjoys coffee or tea, if Grandpa likes to golf, what color is Grandma’s favorite.
A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived.
”Oh,” he said, ”She lives at the airport, and when we want her we just go get her. Then when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”
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