September 13th is National Grandparents Day, a day when we all remember the special bond that exists between young and old. Chances are you may not live as close to your grandkids as you'd like, and may find it difficult to find ways to stay in touch and connected. Other factors such as health, work or blended families may make staying close to the grandkids all the more challenging. Below are a few ideas to help get connected.
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Take a trip to the library and see what books interest your grandchildren or sit down in a quiet corner in their room and let them choose from their home library. If you have time, read the book
first yourself and then again with your grandchild so you have an idea of what the story is about. After the story you may find new things to talk about and places to explore. Ask your
grandchild what they think of the story to help get the conversation going.
Don't be intimidated by technology. There are many ways in which the Internet has been able to bring so many of us together. Chances are your grandchildren don't live as close as
you'd like them to. Technology like Skype helps people connect with free video calls so you can not only hear but see the grandkids you miss so much.
Quick ways to connect
The list of ways to connect with your grandchildren is endless and based on the unique relationships you share with your children and grandchildren. Below are some additional hints and tips on how
to strengthen the unique bond between you and your grandchildren.
- Have them interview you on video.
- Share a favorite memory.
- Build a family tree.
- Attend a special event at school.
- Share a special talent with them.
- Go on day-trips in your area to your favorite museum or zoo.
- Make a lunch date.
- Scrapbook together.
- Attend a sporting event.
- Let them know they are loved and appreciated.
Tell us: How do you strengthen the bond between grandparents and grandchildren? Comment below!
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