- 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.
- 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.
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!
- FAMILY TRADITIONS
Discover ways for you and your grandchildren to make and share memories.
- 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.
- 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.”
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.
- 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.
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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