Today, millions of American families are separated by long distances that make daily, weekly or even monthly visits impossible. As a grandparent, you play an important role in your grandchild’s life; a role that can be challenged by distance.
If you’re one of the many grandparents out there who is only able to see their grandchildren a few times a year, you probably want to make the most out of the time you have with them. Here are a few ideas for ways to bond with your grandchildren and make lasting memories.
Arts and crafts
Do you enjoy working with your hands? Kids love crafts, and a visit to your local craft store will provide you with endless inspiration for creations to share with your grandchildren. Here’s an idea: paint a birdhouse! Build your own or use a kit.
The great thing about arts and crafts is that they result in a finished product that you and your grandchild can cherish for years to come.
How handy are you in the kitchen? Sure, younger kids should keep a safe distance from the stove, but that doesn’t mean they can’t participate. Decorating cookies with colorful icing is sure to elicit squeals of joy from any young child. Check out cooking with kids for fun ideas in the kitchen.
Did you know that play improves memory and problem solving skills? Playing has many benefits, and enjoyment is not the least of them. Simply playing with your grandchildren, whether it’s hide-and-seek, a puzzle or a checkers match, can be the best way to deepen your relationship.
Teaching is one of the most valuable gifts a grandparent can give their grandchild. Do you have a special hobby or skill to share? Passing down your own special interest is a great way to bond with your grandkids. Whatever it is you feel passionate about, sharing your hobbies with your grandchildren is like sharing a part of yourself.