Grandparents are special. They possess life wisdom and usually have more free time for their grandchildren.
Think back for a moment and recall what makes or made your grandparents special in your life. Did they provide unconditional love, attend your recitals or sporting events (no matter how bad or good you were) or teach you a new skill?
Our grandma taught us how to bake while our grandpa always sang to us and told us jokes. We are lucky to have one living grandpa that shares his life experiences with us and tells us about growing up in rural Minnesota; he also taught Cinnamin tips to improve her golf game!
Here are some reasons that grandparents are unique and special. We encourage you to call and thank your grandparents for the love they provide!
- Grandparents are instant friends. They are the ones that children flock to because they possess a special aura that children love. Grandparents usually have time to share. Most grandparents don’t judge children but instead give them freedom to explore and learn.
- Grandparents know your family’s history. They know about past and present relatives, traditions of your family and about your culture. Grandparents can even tell funny stories about you (the parent) which you may not want your children to know. This helps children realize that you don’t always have all of the answers.
- Grandparents have a knack for story telling. They can tell a story and make it come to life. They can share their favorite stories from when they were little or read a story that their children (you) loved to their grandkids.
- Grandparents are great babysitters. Who is better to trust with your child than the people that raised you?
- Grandparents love to spend extra time with their grandchildren. They also know the ins and outs of children since they raised you.
- Grandparents are great teachers. When reading stories, they teach children the importance of reading and language. Some even teach grandchildren to read. Grandparents create an interest in writing when they ask their grandkids to write them letters. Creativity is taught when grandparents ask grandchildren to draw a picture, color or complete an art project. Grandparents teach about science and math when they bake with their grandchildren- by measuring and mixing. Music is taught when grandparents sing or share songs from when they were young.
- Grandparents are healers and caregivers. They can nurture any “boo-boo” with hugs and kisses. They have a special touch or great tools like ice or band-aids which heal any sore. Grandparents have the warmest hearts and most generous smiles. There is something special about the way a grandparent smiles at a child to make her feel loved. Upon a visit, grandparents make each child feel like they have been waiting all day, or week, for a visit. When grandchildren arrive, life is grand!
- Grandparents allow messes. Children view a day with grandma and grandpa as an escape. Some grandparents allow paint, glue or messy projects at their home. Grandparents understand that children need to create and make messes in order to learn. Some grandparents might allow kids to play with water, splash or make a mess in the yard. Usually there is more freedom at grandma and grandpa’s house.
- Grandparents are givers. Some provide special treats or gifts that parents may or may not give their children. Don’t stress about this. Small treats are fine in moderation. Grandparents want to provide their grandchildren with the best so they spoil them just a little more. They like to say yes (within reason!).
- Grandparents provide experiences. Most grandparents bring their grandchildren on an adventure. They might go to the park, the pool, a movie or a zoo. Grandparents have many fun ideas up their sleeves! Grandparents love unconditionally. They have the time and energy to play with their grandchildren until everyone is tuckered out. They will read many books. They will follow a child’s lead in play. They effortlessly move from activity to activity until the day is complete.
- Grandparents are wise. They can answer nearly every baby and/or kid question that you or your child might ask. As the new parent, you can ask grandparents when to let your child cry it out, what to do when she is sick or how to encourage independence in your child. Likewise, grandparents can answer a child’s question on why the trees grow leaves or the dog barks.
- Grandparents are helpers. When needed, grandparents will help with laundry, cleaning or cooking. They can also watch a new baby if you need a break. Just ask!
We believe that grandparents are special in every way. It’s important for grandparents to love their grandchildren and for the grandchildren to spend time with their grandparents. A relationship with grandparents is a special bond that cannot be broken. We raise our glasses to you this week, grandparents!
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