Bonding with grandparents is an irreplaceable treasure that creates memories to last a lifetime for both grandparents and grandchildren. Even though many grandparents live far away from their grandkids these days, the love they share, and grandparents love for their grandchildren remains unwavering. As we grow older, life tends to get busier, and it’s easy to lose touch with those heartwarming moments we once had with them.
My own Grandma holds a special place in my heart. I can still feel the warmth of those nights when we’d snuggle up together, eager to hear her enchanting mythological stories about Gods and demons. Those moments were magical, and they taught us more than just stories; they instilled in us essential values of discipline and routine.
I can’t forget the lessons she taught us about waking up early, having fixed meal times, and maintaining a consistent schedule for studying and playing. Her gentle guidance shaped me into the person I am today. Her presence was a steady anchor in our lives, and I’m forever grateful for the profound impact she had on shaping my character.
Though time may have passed, the love and memories we shared with our grandparents endure. Those moments were more than just stories and schedules; they were the foundation of a bond that will always be treasured and cherished by both grandparents and grandchildren alike.
There are many benefits to a good grandparent-grandchild relationship. For one, a grandparent is not a parent, which means usual parenting rules don’t apply! Grandparents love spoiling their grandkids, for whom this is a welcome change from discipline. This is another place where kids can get unconditional love combined with wisdom. Not to mention history – grandparents love nostalgia!
These isn’t just empty talk, it’s been proven by science! Several studies show that children who have good experiences bonding with grandparents generally have better interpersonal relationships in general. They tend to value family ties more and are less prone to depression.
In the age of nuclear families, grandparents do not usually stay with the family. Yet, whenever I see the bond my kids share with their grandparents, I am easily reminded of my bond with my grandmother. So even if your parents or in-laws may not be staying with you, you can encourage your kids to bond with their grandparents. Here are a few tips to help.
5 Tips to Help Bonding with Grandparents
1. Give Gifts
Help the kids buy their grandparents a gift. Understandably, it can be hard to shop for someone who’s more than 50 years older than you, but that’s part of bridging the gap! This will also give the kids a reason to learn more about their grandparents’ interests, likes and dislikes.
2. Spend time together
Let the kids spend the day with them. It’ll probably be a quieter, slower day than they’re used to, but don’t worry about it. Grandparents and grandchildren tend to find their own rhythm. If they’re not close, you may have to plan an activity to involve all of them. One good idea is to plan a family trip with everyone.
3. Bring out old photos
Kids enjoy looking at photos of their parents as kids. It may surprise them to see a completely unknown form of their grandparents as well! Let the two generations sit together and pore over the albums. The kids are sure to ask questions and the seniors will enjoy reminiscing old times. One day those memories will be lost if they don’t share them with you.
4. Create new memories
Don’t miss out any opportunity to create new memories. Your girl’s race is coming up? Invite the grandparents to come cheer her. Your boy is performing in the Annual Day play? Let Grandma and Grandpa come and click photos! And in India, you have lots of opportunities in the form of festivals, which are excellent occasions for bonding with grandparents.
5. Just Talk!
Let the kids have a free flowing conversation with their grandparents. Let them talk about their school, their best friends, their hobbies and everything else under the sun. Many parents these days are too busy with various responsibilities, and grandparents are perfect in such a scenario. They can spend any amount of time listening to their beloved grandkids just chatter away!
As people age, all they need is time with their loved ones. The best way to tell someone you love them is to spend time with them. When you encourage your kids to bond with their grandparents, you are teaching them a valuable life lesson. So this year, make a new resolution. Encourage your kids to spend more quality time bonding with grandparents rather than in front of a screen. Who knows, they might just end up with a new best friend!