Grandparents and grandchildren are doing a wider range of activities than we did with our grandparents. For example camping, walking, fishing, gardening and building tree house and boat docks etc. We are at a time in history when people are not only living longer but staying healthier and more active longer. Grandparents no longer have just to be that person that just baby sits grandchildren.
Grandparents share their likes and dislike just like the parents and grandchildren do. They are always passionate about passing on traditions and sharing the history of their family. They are an important resource for both parents and children. They may find themselves caught in between parents and children. Grandparents are famous for over giving to their grandchildren, and most parents often feel threatened by this.
The importance of grandparents to their grandchildren is great because it is a known fact that children need a relationship with their grandparents as they are growing old. Grandparents help out when parents work long hours to make the budget.They take on the parental responsibility for both the work week and when parents need a place for their children to stay a while. They are typically helpful during times of family disaster, such as sickness or death. Grandparents can serve as parent figures and provide a positive environment and a suitable family structure.
To have a healthy relationship with their grandchildren grandparents should:
Provide support for children in vulnerable families situations and let them know they have a safe place to come to if need be. Help your grandchildren manage their hectic lives and help them meet their scheduled school events Alleviate some of the parenting burdens so your grandchildren and their parents can have more family time because if they all are happy they will have a healthier relationship and enjoyable time with you and everyone around them.
Give them your time and not just your money. I guess it’s normal for our grandchildren to look to us for financial help but they don’t need to feel like that’s all we’re good for. Make it a point to have time with each one of your grandchildren individually, that way you can communicate with them on a one on one basic and know if everything is OK in their lives.
Help you grandchildren out when financial situations arise that their parents can’t handle (such as they school trip they will not be able to go on if you don’t help. Always stay young at heart and keep an open mind to the things you will try with your grandchildren because these things will remain with them for the rest of their lives and they will someday share them with their children
Grandparents are not only young at heart, but in a lot of instances, we are chronologically young as well. They can do a lot to reassure their grandchildren that their mixed feelings about family and life are normal. Grandparents know the various levels of possible legal relationships with their grandchildren. Most grandparents know their limitations and how to help their grandchildren without offending their parents.
Grandparents as they are growing old enjoying all kinds of activities with their grandchildren. Grandchildren are demanding that grandparents do more with them because they enjoy doing things with their grandparents. Grandchildren have a new kind of relationship with their grandparents now. They no longer say granny I know you are tired, they now say come on let’s go play.
Go for a bike ride: More parks now have bicycle trails so take advantage of them. If your grandchild isn’t big enough to ride alone, you can buy a seat to add to your bicycle.
Go to the beach: Going to the beach is always fun and can be a whole lot of fun with very little cost
Hiking in the woods: Going for a hike can be a fun adventure. You can collect leaves, watch birds and butterflies
Packing a lunch and going to the park: Have a nice lunch, play ball with the dog or read to your grandchildren
Go camping: What kid doesn’t like to go camping. Put up a tent, build a fire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows
Go roller skating: Ten years ago I wouldn’t have suggested this, but I feel better and am in better heath due to staying active. So be careful and give it a try.