Grandparenting is a reward in and of itself. You’ve raised your children and now, you get to enjoy your grandchildren. So, what are some important Grandparenting Tips to consider? Let’s take a look.
1. You’re the grandparent, not the parent. Don’t ever confuse that. You raised your kids and now, your kids get to raise their kids.
Enjoy your role as a grandparent and don’t try to parent your grandchildren. Your role is to be a loving grandparent and allow your kids or your son or daughter-in-law to make their own mistakes. Have fun with your grandkids and spend time with them.
2. Teach them their family history. Grandpa was in the military or aunt Sally makes the best pies. Share the family history through pictures and stories.
If you have videos of your own childhood or even your grandchildren’s parents childhood share them. Tell funny stories and family history and pass the information along to the next generation.
3. Spoil them. Enjoy some one-on-one time with each of your grandchildren. Read to them, play a game, watch a show.
Go for a walk, take them to the park, just spend time with them and spoil them. Mom or dad will pick them up later and you’ll want to treasure every moment that you can with them.
4. Don’t compete with their other grandparents. It’s not a contest. Meet them on your turf or their turf and enjoy time together.
Each set of grandparents should have their own time together and be able to enjoy it without the other set making them feel as if their on trial. Focus on fun things to do and don’t stress over it.
5. Share common interests with your grandchildren. It could be a cooking show and then make a meal. It could be a favorite book or activity.
It could be an activity or something else. Whatever it is, remember that each grandchild will have a different thing to share with the grandparents. Just as not all of your children were the same, neither will your grandchildren be the same.
6. Enjoy some outdoors time. Play a sport or teach them to play croquet or something. Take them on an outing and then let them share it all with mom and dad.
Ask them what they want to do and then go and do it. Take them to the zoo, the aquarium or even camping. It’s fun and they’ll remember it for a very long time.
Grandparents won’t always be around and they need to enjoy their time with their grandchildren while they can. Children may move away or become too busy one day and it’s important to treasure each and every moment that you have with your grandchildren.
Not all grandparents are able to spend time with their grandchildren so if you’re able to spend time with yours, treasure each and every moment and take plenty of pictures to enjoy later. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.