Friday, November 8, 2013

Spending Time with Grandkids

The time children spend with their Grandparents is an opportunity to create special memories and bonding experiences.  Here are some great tips to make sure you're making the most of your time together.

1. Pass On a Skill
Share a family recipe, teach them to knit or make a scrapbook.  But don't just focus on what you can teach them - allow your grandchildren to teach you something.  Be it a funny song they learned in school, a cool computer game they enjoy or a new sport, encouraging children to become the teacher is a sure way to boost their confidence.

2. Share Stories
Grandchildren and their grandparents often inhabit completely different worlds, yet children love hearing old family stories and want to know what their grandparents were like when they were children themselves.  Be sure to ask your grandchildren to tell you about their lives as well!  It may take a bit of encouragement, but allowing them to tell you about their lives and what matters to them is a great way to truly bond.

3. Give Back
Volunteering with your grandchildren is the perfect way to be an amazing role model.  Bake cookies for a fundraiser or visit residents at the local nursing home.  Working together towards a shared goal is an empowering experience that is sure to inspire! 

4. Get Crafty
Still out of ideas?  Why not stop by your local toy store and pick up a craft kit?  Craft kits are perfect for a rainy day around the kitchen table.  Follow the age recommendations, or, even better, ask a sales assistance for a suggestion.  Choose a craft that results in a craft with a secondary use, like a jewelry box or accessory, and they'll think of you each time they use it!

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