10 THINGS GRANDCHILDEN WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

10 Things Grandchildren will Remember

  1. READING WITH YOU

Time invested in reading to (or with) your grandkids reaps several benefits.  The act of reading together helps you develop bonds.  It also produces a sense of intimacy and well-being within your grandchild.

  1. THAT YOU LISTENED TO THEM

STOP, whatever you are doing and LISTEN!  Turn off the television, put down the cell phone, make eye contact whenever your grandchild wants to talk to you.

  1. HUGS

Yes, hugs are a symbol of love, but they are also so much more.  They are symbols of reassurance, happiness, and protection.  The important thing here is not to miss the times when affection is needed.

Think your grandchild is too old for hugs?  Try saying, “I need a hug.”  See what happens!

  1. FAMILY TRADITIONS

Discover ways for you and your grandchildren to make and share memories.

  1. SHARED MEALS

It doesn’t really matter what you eat.  The best treat for your grandchild will be the memory of sharing a meal with his/her grandparents.  Meal time is a wonderful time to talk, plan, rest, eat, work, and clean up TOGETHER.

  1. BEING MADE TO FEEL SPECIAL

Every child needs to be made to feel special.  One way to help them feel special is to offer sincere compliments often.  Compliment their character, contributions to the family, and effort.  Use qualifiers to let them know they are your favorite:  “You are my favorite five year old boy.  You are my favorite eleven year old girl.”

  1. CELEBRATIONS
  1. PLAY

Go on a quest.  Unearth things you and your grandchildren will enjoy doing TOGETHER.

Board games, hiking, fishing, camping, playing sports, biking, reading, watching a movie, or any other activity that provides a quality fun time will unite us with our grandchildren while creating memories that they will never forget.

  1. THAT YOU REMEMBERED

School assemblies, birthdays, rehearsals, sport competitions.  Those moments are special to our grandchildren mostly because they feel and believe that those moments are special to us.  When we remember those moments, when we show up, when we take those pictures with pride and wave with excitement, when our grandchildren see that we remember, they seem to never forget.

  1. LOVE

Our love for our grandchildren helps to build their character.  It makes them feel special and inspires them to discover their potential.  Love is action.  Be sure your love is not merely spoken word.

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2 comments on “10 THINGS GRANDCHILDEN WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

  1. I love taking the grandkids out to eat. Well, it could be because I love going out to eat!!

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