Family Relationships: Encourage Grandparent-Grandchild Bonding
Whether your own grandparents are still here on this earth or have passed on, you probably have some wonderful memories of them when you were a child. You really want to encourage a strong bond between your parents and your child. How can you make that happen?
Let Them Alone!
As long as your parents are physically and mentally able to care for a child, you should allow them to have plenty of quality time alone. Of course, the grandparents need respect rules for safety, but you should stop hovering over them all of the time. For example, even if you do not allow any sweets at home, such tender memories can be created when the two generations work together to create a batch of cupcakes. Ease up a bit with the rules.
Make It a Habit
Certainly, a terrific bond can form if they do not see each other frequently, but little ones will really love if you start some family traditions. Perhaps your kids can eat breakfast at their grandparents’ house every Sunday after Mass, or maybe all of you can take a trip to the beach on the first day of each month. Whatever the case may be, your kids will look forward to these special traditions.
Demystify The Visitation Process
Perhaps your parents are in senior care facility. Some parents try to shield their children from retirement homes, nursing homes and the like, but you should be more open with your children. When children do not know why their grandparents are there, they might become frightened of them. Share information at any age-appropriate level when it comes to these tough conversations.
Take Them on Vacation
Some of your memories probably involve exciting family vacations when Grandma and Grandpa got to come along, so create these special events for your children. You do not have to take the grandparents on every vacation, but you can try to do so at least once a year. Another idea is to go on a vacation with your significant other and let the kids spend the night with their grandparents.
Grandparents Day at School
With your busy life, you might forget about Grandparents Day at school. Write this event and other days when grandparents are welcome into the calendar. Little ones will be so excited to share these memories with their grandparents.
Grandparents have a majorly important role in the lives of children, and you should work to strengthen that bond.
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