If you’re like the rest of us, “back when I was a kid” is a phrase you probably say a lot to your grandchildren. Indeed, so much has changed over the decades that have separated our childhood with theirs. Some days it might be quite challenging to connect with these younger generations.
Here are 4 suggestions on ways to foster your relationships with your grandchildren, not only to stay connected with them, but also to stay relevant and influential in their lives:
1. Let them help you. We know all too well that kids are curious creatures. They like to be included and to feel like they have an important role in activities. Let them help you around the house (cooking, cleaning, gardening etc.). This will foster feelings of trust between the two of you while also building a solid foundation for their life skills.
2. Cultivate a mutual hobby. Spending quality time with your grandkids is paramount. Try finding an activity or hobby that you A common interest can be anything from a favorite restaurant you always take them to, playing a sport or instrument, to learning how to fly a kite or building something together. Nothing makes a child feel more loved than dedicated time with their grandparents.
3. Make your home kid-friendly. This might seem like a no-brainer, but working to make your house accessible and interesting for the little ones in your life can make all the difference. If you have a space for their toys or arts and crafts, for instance, will make them feel more at home.
4. Read them books. Reading to our young ones is not only critical for their mental and creative development, but it is also a great way to foster a warm relationship with them. This is a hobby that spans the test of time, too. If you have older grandchildren, offer to read them a more current novel. This is a great way to spend quality time and encourages fun conversations, too. A weekly visit to the library with grandma and grandpa can be a great way to get started with a weekly reading hobby. Inter Valley Health Plan hosts classes regularly on health and vitality. For a full list of classes in your area, please visit https://www.ivhp.com/forhealthandliving.
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