Grandparents have a role in the lives of their grandchildren, but what exactly is that role? Let your adult children take the lead and discuss your expectations with them.
Becoming a grandparent changes everything. Coupled with incomparable joy is uncertainty about where you fit in. Your role — not always appreciated by society — is vitally important in shaping a grandchild’s life. At the end of the day, you and the parents want what’s best for the child. But, as you may discover you don’t always share the same ideology, and you must take a step back and understand that you’ve entered their world, sometimes feeling like a foreign ambassador. And, what you may really need is a handbook for diplomacy!
Ok grandparents… this is it! You’ve been waiting for something that is so special for your grandchild just in time for the holidays, and we got it right here for you. Oh, and did we mention Club Eimmie is perfect for birthdays or just any special day?
Grandparentslink sat down with grandmas and their grandchildren, and here’s a few examples of what went on. Unedited and totally honest, these kids share their insight. This is such a kick! Hold on to your hats… we have lots more videos.
Ok… can you smell it? can you feel it? can you taste it?
‘Tis the season where colors come alive in hues that are awe inspiring. A crisp coolness hits the air, and things look and feel so fresh. Yup, this sure is the season we love here at Grandparentslink! Back by popular demand, our readers have shared with you their 5 favorite features for the fall season. Now, can you say that 5 times as fast?!!
Fall is such an exciting season with the weather getting cooler and the leaves turning beautiful colors. There are so many fun fall activities to do with kids so take a look at this list of over 100 fun and kid friendly ideas for making the most of fall!
My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We’ve decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight, just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube. She began exclaiming things like “But I can’t!” and “It won’t be like it was before!” I quietly waited for her to finish and then said the following:
Well it’s certainly true, kids sure grow up fast. One day they are toddlers, and a flash they are all grown. One thing is for sure, some of the most difficult years involve tween & teen years. Here’s the good news… You can do something to help them (but it’s probably different than what you’ve been doing).
Finding time to make the kids’ breakfast – not to mention getting them to eat it – can be a struggle. Hey, don’t worry grandparents, the good news is that you don’t have to prepare a 6-course meal, nor act like a short order cook! To get those kids going, you just need to make sure they get foods that will provide a dose of energy and at least a few essential nutrients. Here are some suggestions to give them what they need. No time to linger: Breakfast in seconds
Most parents and grandparents can agree that it’s a good idea to set aside technology-free family time. But, at the same time, it’s also helpful to remember all the ways technology can bring families closer. Young people, in particular, filter much of their experiences through their phones, so turning phones off for extended periods of time may actually cause them to feel less connected.
Here are a few ways technology can enhance family togetherness. Whenever possible, use the simplest apps, so as many people as possible can participate.
It’s always a kick to hear what your grandkids think of you or who they think you are. Here are four fun videos with grandmas talking to their grandchildren and asking the question, “If you were a grandparent for a day, what would you do with your grandkids?” We love the kid’s answers, and more than that, we treasure what they have to say. Take a listen…
There’s no doubt that the end of the summer is rather sad. Those lazy days for kids are kind of over and the back to school season can be a tough transition…so, Grandparents, we decided to repost one of our top articles on “Back to School” from child and adolescent therapist, Bonnie Compton.* We think this advice is valuable enough to repeat year after year.