Ideas for Spending Time with Your Grandchildren
When you retire grandchildren are an important part of life. They bring you joy, love, and a sense of pride. If you spend a lot of time with them, it can be difficult to think of new ways to have fun. Here is a list of five wonderful ways to spend time with your grandkids.
1. Create an established pattern of activity
Children feel safe when they have routines especially when it comes to routinely spending time with their grandparents. Establish simple patterns of fun activities that they can expect to do when they come see you. Maybe it is playing with a special toy when they arrive or reading their favorite book. Keep a container in the kitchen full with special cookies so that way they know when they come over that they can go into the kitchen and get a special treat.
- 2. Make something together
Children love hands on activities no matter where they go. They learn by doing. You can teach them how to bake cookies, pies, or create a special recipe. If you have a pottery wheel or clay lying around, you can help them to create a masterpiece to give to their parents or to put around the house. Take them to a pottery store and let them paint already created pieces that they can cherish for years to come. The important part to remember is to keep the activity age appropriate and make them feel like they are a part of the process.
- 3. Hire them to do little jobs around the house
If you have simple jobs that need to be done around the house, hire your grandchildren to do them. Make it fun and they can learn the value of money and responsibility. Grade school kids can help you pick flowers in the garden, pick weeds in the yard, or rearrange books on shelves. Older grandchildren can mow yards, take out trash, and paint walls in the house.
4. Have them sleep over
Many kids love sleeping over at their grandparent’s house. Make it special by cooking their favorite meals, reading their favorite books, or doing a special activity together. The key is to make it memorable and fun.
5. Let your grandchildren teach you something
Little children love teaching and sharing things with their grandparents. Have them read to you, show you a dance they learned in dance class, play you an instrument, or have them show you a special skill they have. Another wonderful idea is to have them teach you how to text or how to use another electronic device. This is one way to keep up with technology while spending time your grandkids. As they get older, you can text them and keep in touch!
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