No one is perfect. Everyone could do something (or many things) to strengthen their bonds with loved ones, whether they’re a child, a parent, a grandparent, a sibling, a friend, or some combination of these important roles. Grandparents have the benefit of experience; after many years spent raising their own children, they understand what young people need and how they relate to seniors. You may already be an exceptional, beloved grandparent, but there is always room for improvement. Use the tips below to learn how to strengthen your bond with your grandchildren.
How to Strengthen Your Bond with Your Grandchildren
Choose activities you will both enjoy.
Take advantage of the time you’re able to spend with your grandchildren, and choose activities that will be fun for you both. For example, you could visit a zoo, park, or pool. You could also bake cookies, go shopping, go fishing, attend a community festival, or go on a nature walk. If in doubt, ask your grandchildren what they would like best.
Share your interests and talents.
Although you shouldn’t force your own interests on your grandchildren, tell them about your hobbies to see if they express an interest. You might be surprised to learn that your grandchild wants to learn how to knit, play poker, or build model planes. If you share an interest, teach your grandchild the things you’ve learned about it over the years. You could also explore a new shared interest together. For example, perhaps you would both like to learn how to paint.
Stay in touch through technology.
Many grandparents live far away from their grandchildren, making it difficult to spend time together. Luckily, technology can bridge the gap between loved ones living far apart. Although you can always use the phone to communicate, explore more modern technology if you can – your grandchildren will appreciate it! E-mailing, texting, and video chats are incredibly convenient these days, and your grandchild would probably be happy to teach you how to use them. You could even play games online with them, share pictures, or send silly videos.
Have fun and surprise them.
One of the joys of being a grandparent is that you get to enjoy spending time with your young family members without all of the stresses of being a parent. So when you get to see your grandchildren, have fun! For example, try surprising them with an unexpected treat. Take them to the movies and buy the biggest bucket of popcorn. Build paper boats and race them in a stream. Create a new holiday together, with silly traditions you can celebrate each year. Remember to always clear these treats with their parents first, however, especially if their parents have firm rules regarding food, bedtime, homework, etc.
Above all, if you want to learn how to strengthen your bond with your grandchildren, simply love them and do your best to care for them. Cherish the time that you’re able to spend with them, and remember that quality time is far more important than lavish gifts. Good luck!
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