6 Fun Spring Activities For Kids and Grandparents to Enjoy Together

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I don’t know about you, but I’m keen on welcoming spring and summer for that matter! However, spring really IS just around the corner, no matter how you look at it. Most families and their loved ones look forward to getting outside and enjoying their gardens, barbeques and various outside parties. For kids, it’s crucial to their health, spirit and development to get out and enjoy the outdoors instead of sitting around playing video games or watching television.

I have gathered 6 spring activities that I know you and your grandkids will indeed enjoy


Visit the animals at the zoo: My grandchild LOVES animals, and I’m looking forward to visiting the zoo with him this coming spring and summer. You can make a trip to the zoo as educational as you like. It’s fun to share animal-farming tips with your grandkids and teach them how to raise chickens, horses and goats, just to name a few. Grandma personally loves the baby monkeys, however, she don’t know anything about raising them! lol

You get the idea, if your grandchild likes animals, then the zoo would be a fun and delightful trip. Make a whole day out of it and pack lunches and snacks. And you know, ice cream would be a great idea to end the day with on the way home. 🙂

Garden hunt for treasures and rewards: This can be super fun and educational as well. Just like an Easter egg hunt, you hide things, however, not eggs in a garden treasure hunt. The items can be anything your grandchildren like. A package of stickers, plastic shovels and rakes, candy, and even coins. However, don’t make a big issue out of hiding money. It’s far more fun to hide the grand’s favorite toys and things. Grandparents will have a blast with this activity as well!

Fishing day: My father loved fishing! This grandma really likes watching people fish. She was never fond of messing around with fish or the bait. lol For most people, fishing is something grandfathers and grandkids do together. However, there are many grandmothers who take a liking to fishing; just not this grandma. 😉 This also teaches your grandchildren one aspect of survival skills, and learning how people obtained their food years ago.

Cleaning out the garage: While this one may not be all that fun, it does have to be done. This is something that the whole family can participate in. Your grandchildren would enjoy this especially if you have a large sized garage and have lots of junk to go through. Maybe Grandpa has a few trinkets and tools he wishes to pass down and give up? Chances are, the garage is filled with all kinds of goodies.

Dig in the dirt and plant: All kids love playing in the dirt, well most of them, especially the boys! However, girls will love playing in the dirt to plant Grandma’s flowers. 🙂 Spring is certainly the right time for improved growth. How about sharing this with your grandkids with the beautiful colors of flowers? You can plant vegetables as well. My mother-in-law always had a nice veggie garden and my son just loved helping out. This also teaches your kids where vegetables come from. The ground of course. Don’t be afraid to get your nails all messed up Grandma!

Grandparenting camping trip: A fun camping trip will sure to be a hit with the grandkids! However, it may be a challenge for some grandparents to keep up with them. lol Ask your grands which they’d rather do, go camping or play video games? I’ll bet you 10 to 1, you will get the camping response. Camping has always been the classic summer activity. It’s also a family bonding activity with everything there is to be enjoyed. This of course, includes a huge camp fire. And yes, you HAVE to roast hot dogs and marshmallows! Camping is not camping without it.

The important thing to remember with all the outdoor activities this spring and summer has to offer is taking all the safety measures seriously. You can never be too safe or cautious. Also, have fun with your grandchildren, they won’t be young forever, nor will YOU be!

About The Author:

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6 Must-Have Baby Supplies for Grandma’s House – Guest Post

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You’re a Grandma, and your grandbaby makes you smile every day. You can’t wait to feel her smooth skin next to yours as you pat her to sleep. Your experience caring for your grandbaby becomes even sweeter for you and her when you stock six must-have baby supplies in your home.


Crib

Naptime is an important ritual for most babies, and you’ll probably appreciate her downtime for a nap of your own. Simplify naptime with a crib.

When shopping for cribs, choose one that’s constructed with JPMA certified materials. It should include a comfortable mattress. Provide a sheet and blanket to help your grandbaby nap comfortably, but limit stuffed animals and oversized blankets that pose suffocation risks. Assemble the crib in a quiet room, and give your grandbaby a place where she can sleep peacefully.

Portable Play Yard

You could sit and hold your grandbaby all day, but you sometimes need a safe place to lay her down. Especially when you need a bathroom break or must walk into another room, a portable play yard protects your grandbaby.

This essential piece of furniture includes mesh sides, sturdy legs and a mattress. It won’t collapse or tip over. Whenever you need to take a quick break, confidently place your bundle of joy into this safe enclosure that protects her until you return.

Booster Seat

As soon as your grandbaby eats solid foods, she’s ready for a booster seat. It straps securely onto your kitchen chairs and folds for easy storage. It includes a 3-point safety harness, machine washable chair pad and dishwasher safe tray.

As your grandbaby grows, she can pick up small pieces of food you place on the tray and feed herself. The chair also serves as an activity center where she can safely sit and play with toys while you prepare lunch.

Toys

Most babies love brightly colored toys that make noise. Set aside a few toys your grandbaby can easily hold in her hand. Make sure the toys include baby-safe materials and no sharp edges.

You may also consider storing a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Spare favorite toys provide your grandbaby with the comforts of home as she spends quality time with grandma. 🙂

Bathtub

Every grandma knows that mealtime can be messy time. Give baby a bath, and clean her up before play or nap time. Just remember to buy the same brand of baby soap and shampoo that your grandbaby uses at home, and prevent painful and itchy rashes on her sensitive skin.

Baths are also great for calming fussy babies, as part of a bedtime routine or after a diaper mess. You’ll both be grateful for the bathtub that freshens your grandbaby any time of day.

First Aid Kit

Sick babies long for their moms, and you may occasionally be caring for your grandbaby when she’s not feeling well. Stock a supply of infant first aid products. It will include items that provide physical comfort when baby doesn’t feel her best.

thermometer

infant pain reliever and fever reducer

gripe water

teething cream

diaper rash ointment

The joy of being a grandma is almost incomparable to any other experience. When your grandbaby visits, enjoy your time and keep her safe and comfortable with six must-have baby supplies. With these items, you will both enjoy your precious time together.

About The Author

Danielle writes on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. Her sister keeps a full size crib at her mom’s house, but Danielle is considering getting them a fold-away crib that takes up less space for Christmas.

Going To Be Grandma Again!

 

 

 

Yes! I’M GOING TO BE GRANDMA AGAIN! I had to type it out big and bold so I could see it really good. It’s just so hard to believe cause this grandma stuff is happening so, so fast…however, I love it!! 🙂

I have a grandson, and now God, I’d really like a granddaughter so I can dress her up in frilly clothes and do just girl stuff with. That would be so very cool! But if You see fit to give us another grandson, that would be cool too! =)

Not sure why I’m praying at this late notice…it’s already set in stone!! LOL 😉

SERIOUSLY, I really don’t care what we get…just as long as the baby is happy and healthy

Here’s a little something I put together, hope you enjoy it. lol lol

A grandmother prays for her grandkids

A grandmother holds, cradles and rocks

A grandmother sews her grandkid’s Halloween costumes…It’s coming! lol 🙂

A grandmother plays soccer and baseball with her grandkids 😮 HUH??

A grandmother plays hide and seek with her grandkids

A grandmother shows no favoritism

A grandmother teachers her grandkids how to bake cupcakes

A grandmother cries when she’s by herself because her grandson loves Papa more than Amma…no not really lol 😉

A grandmother never says “no” about keeping her grandkids overnight

A grandmother teaches her grandkids how to say, “I love my Grandma and my Grandma loves me.” 🙂

A grandmother kisses the hurts and boo-boos

A grandmother looks way beyond the outbursts and temper tantrums

And most importantly — she loves unconditionally! 🙂 🙂

 

More Craft Content :: What’s On My Plate :: Priorities

 

 

 

 

Hello there 🙂

This post has been a long time coming. This past year sure has been a busy one! Been a little too busy for me. My time has been split in way too many directions. I’ll be making some important decisions between now and January!

What’s Been On My Plate?

 

* This Blog – My Pride and Joy, It’s a Keeper! 🙂 A PRIORITY

 

* My First WAH Website, It’s Been My Baby Since 2005 – Not Sure???


* My Other Dust Collecting WAH Website, It’s Going! 🙂

* My Craft Blog, It’s Going! 🙁 Not Enough Time!

* Content Writing For Sites and Blogs – I Have to Keep This Going to Keep my Head Above Water! 😉 A PRIORITY

 

* Writing For Clients – This Is Definitely Something I Want To Keep Doing and, Even More Of It In 2013! 🙂
* Hubby – Definitely a Keeper! LOL… AND Need To Give Him More Of My Time!


* Laundry – No Comment!


* Cleaning – No Comment!


* Finances – No Comment!


* Me Time – Definitely a Lot More Of This in 2013!! A PRIORITY lol

 

* New Website (In The Thinking Stage) – Yes, I’m dwelling on another website. IF I decide to go ahead with it, this one will be for My Freelance and Ghostwriting Services, and Writing Opportunities in General. (Maybe) A PRIORITY

 

* Being A Grandmother – THIS ONE’S A KEEPER FOR SURE!!!! I have awesome news…however, I can’t broadcast this yet!! LOL

 

Our vacation in December will definitely put some needed perspective on everything

 

A Note About My Craft Blog – The blog itself is going soon. However, I will keep most of the content that’s on it by transferring it on This Blog.

 

So we’ll see what’s ahead for the coming year?? A lot could happen between now and then! lol

 

However, stay tuned Here for sure for new stuff I have planned for 2013.

 

Giveaways :: Reviews :: Crafts :: Grandparenting Tips :: Parenting Tips :: Recipes :: and much more!

 

Have an awesome day! 😉

4 Quick Tips on Being a Better Grandparent

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting Tips…You can follow the best tips out there about being a good grandparent, however, are those the right ones for you? Every child and grandparent is different. We are all unique individuals =)

Always follow your gut instincts. Of course this is true for general parenting as well. However, for grandparents, they have a little more experience, (especially if they’ve raised a big family). A grandparent’s instincts are usually good ones. For me personally with raising just one child, I’ve learned a world of knowledge through my experience. Would I have done things differently? You bet, for a lot of things, I would and some others, I would not.


So Grandmas, lean on your experience and always trust your own gut instincts. For the most part, they usually end up being the right choices.

Listen to your grandchildren. I mean, REALLY listen to them. Spend quality time with your grandkids and take extra special time and listen to their opinions and feelings about life, their self esteem and also how they react to you and what you have to say. And most importantly, respect THEIR feelings.

Respect your children’s wishes regarding discipline. Hey, this is a huge one! I don’t care how much you have to bite your tongue and swallow everything that wants to come out of your mouth when it comes to disciplining your grandchildren.

Have a talk with your kids and always, always respect their wishes about various discipline issues. And spanking happens to be one of those things. Times have sure changed since I’ve raised my child. For most of the new parenting generation, spanking is not a disciplinary choice. There are various alternatives to spanking. You really need to have a heart to heart conversation with your kids, and follow their wishes.

Reach out to other grandparents. This can benefit both you and your grandkids. Joining a grandparent’s group is one way of reaching out to other grandparents that have been through it all. Participate in conversations and take notes. You also may come away from some of the meetings with a new friend or two.

A grandparent’s job is sometimes challenging, just as normal parenting is. There is a learning curve to both parenting and grandparenting. Above are just 4 general grandparenting tips. I’m sure you can find more by following them, and also doing a search on Google.com.

Tammy is a passionate blogger. You can find more grandparenting tips and articles by Tammy Here

Half a Dozen Important Things I’ve Learned As A New Grandma

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting duties are a blessing to me. I know there is a little handsome and smart boy who needs my help with raising, disciplining, and YES, loving him!! It’s an honor having the title of Grandparent. However, I’ve learned so very much from being one. I would love to share them with you all 🙂

 

However, first I want to say that all Grandmothers deserve a medal of honor! 😉 lol

 

Below are 6 things I’ve learned about being a Grandmother

1. Bite that tongue – I’ve been doing a lot of this! As I’m sure a large portion of Grandparents do this. It’s only nature that most Grandparents would like to continue with what they knew per se, 25 to 30 years in the past.

You will find out rather quickly that you want to blurt out various things to your grandchildren and your kids while enjoying and disciplining your Grands. And I’m not talking about bad things; I’m talking about all those old fashioned rules and ideas that us Grandmas still hold dear to our hearts! Times sure have changed! 😉

2. Certain expectations fall by the wayside – You are in for many, many surprises being a Grandma. What you expect to happen doesn’t AND what you don’t expect DOES happen! lol And everything in between. Boy was I wrong with what I had in mind after my first grandbaby arrived. All children start to develop their little personalities in the womb. While some challenging behavior can be corrected once your grandchild is 1 1/2 years old to 2 years. However, remember that most of their personality is forming before they are born.

I also expected to be able to do my online work while watching my grandson full time. Didn’t happen! I even had the cradle that my Dad made for my son in my office. Didn’t happen! My little guy constantly wanted to be entertained. I ended up watching him for approximately 6 months and then Mom gave up her job and talked my son into letting her stay home full time. My Daughter-In-Law wanted to stay home with him from day one!

Just a warning, if you’re reading this article, and you are in the same boat I was in, be prepared.


3. It’s much easier to babysit your grandchildren at their homes – Wow this is for sure 100% true! Well, think about it; your grandkids have all their toys, bed, favorite foods etc at their home. To disrupt that, it may rock the boat somewhat when it comes to their behavior. They also sleep much better when at home. I have learned this many times over! Some kids just don’t sleep good when away from home. However, some do. Every child is different.

4. Patience is still a definite virtue – My mother was the most patient person I’ve ever known. She always spent time with me when I needed her. Practicing patience is something that should be on all parent’s wanna-be list. It should be your number one priority. Children didn’t come with convenient and simple instructions. Life is not that simple. As new parents; you will need to spend time with your kids and bond with them. Spend quality time with them and teach the same things that were taught to you…only give your kids a lot more indepth teachings along with long-suffering patience. Your children will appreciate and remember this!

Well, you know that all that holds true for grandmothers. When your Grands are screaming “Mamma and Dadda!” You need to be patient with them; as with any other behavior.

5. Never forget that your grandchildren ARE NOT actually your children – That may be challenging for some grandparents to read or hear. Well, in a way they are. However, us Grandparents don’t have the final say about various rules, discipline, religion, and so many other things. We need to sit back and let Mom and Dad do their own thing. Although whatever the situation; some grandparents create their own recipes for disaster and step in too far. I DON’T want to be that type of Grandma! My kids are quite intelligent adults, and our grandkids will be nothing short of smart, compassionate and responsible adults.

6. Being Grandma isn’t always easy – Grandma, you’re in for a wild ride with your new role! You will get your feelings hurt more times that you can count. This is especially true when they get to the age where they know that Mom and Dad is indeed their Mom and Dad. And they know it when they leave. Grandma, are you able to calm your little one and soothe the hurt? Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. This is what I’ve learned myself. I sure wish I had a dollar everytime I’ve heard, (through real crocodile tears) “Where Mamma and Dadda at??” 🙁

When I first became a grandmother, I daydreamed about my little guy sleeping peacefully in his crib that we have in our home. Well, that sure didn’t happen. Maybe a couple of times. However, most of the time, he ended up sleeping with both Amma and Pappa. Don’t you just love the “Amma?” =) lol

Another thing that I was looking forward to was taking my grandson to various places…out to eat, or to the grocery store. Guess what!? That has yet to happen. Us Grandparents have NOT taken him anywhere by ourselves yet.

Through all the crying and sleepless nights, I’m proud to say that becoming Grandma is still the best experience I’ve had throughout my life. 🙂

You can see more articles about Grandparenting duties Here 🙂

Venturing Abroad with your Grandchildren – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

If you consider yourself a globe trotter whose adventures aren’t diminished by age, consider adding a new element to your trip the next time you head out on a trek – your grandchildren. By traveling with your grandchildren, you can reap the benefits of ample bonding time and allow them to get to know you better, as traveling fosters relationship development. If you elect to brave this adventure, put some thought into your travel planning to ensure that all goes off as well as possible.

Talk About the Trip

The prospect of heading off on any trip is often exciting to children. The idea of venturing abroad with grandma is likely even more thrilling than the norm. Put some effort into preparing your grandchildren for what they will encounter by talking to them about the trip well in advance of departure. Show them pictures of the land they will visit and tell them stories about times you may have visited in the past. If they will encounter a culture decidedly different from the one to which they are accustomed, explain how the way of life is different so they are better prepared to acclimate themselves to the culturally distinctive practices of people who live in that country.


Organize Insurance

As a responsible grandmother, you know the importance of covering all the bases. While you certainly hope that neither you nor your grandchildren will fall ill while traveling, you should prepare for this possibility to be on the safe side. As you plan your trip, research and purchase medical insurance that will cover you and your grandchildren abroad. Buy a policy tailored to youngsters for your grandchildren and a travel medical insurance policy for seniors to ensure you’re properly covered. To further prepare for any medical issues you may encounter, ask your child to compose a letter permitting you to make healthcare decisions for your grandchildren while on this trip, and have this document notorized. This will ensure that, should something happen, you can make potentially important decisions without delay.

Prepare an Itinerary

Planning is essential to ensuring that your grandma/grandchildren trip goes off without a hitch. Instead of allowing the wind to take you where it will, decide upon a set itinerary for your travel well in advance of your departure. Leave copies of this itinerary with your son or daughter so he or she can keep track of where you will be taking his or her child as you travel around a foreign country. If you deviate substantially from the itinerary, let someone know to ensure that no one panics unnecessarily should you not arrive at a planned destination as listed on your pre-trip travel plan.

Be a Strict Hand-Holder

From traversing the walkways of busy airports to navigating the city streets of whatever foreign metropolis you decide to visit, there will be ample occasion during your travel for you to lose track of your grandchildren. The easiest way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is for you to be insistent that your grandchildren hold your hand constantly. Any time you are not safely in a hotel room or buckled, as a group, into a plane or train seat, require that these rambunctious and easily distracted youngsters hold tight to your hand, eliminating the possibility that they get distracted and wander off.

Be Ready for Homesickness

Regardless of how close a relationship you have with your grandchildren, there will almost certainly come a time in your trip overseas where they long for home. Don’t allow this to catch you off guard. Instead, be prepared. Pack a little toy that you can give to your homesick travel companion when he mentions his desire to get back home. This small kind gesture will likely make a major difference for your grandchild, as it will give him something positive upon which to focus the energy he was previously dedicating to missing mom and dad.

With some planning and preparation, as well as precautions while you are traveling, you can turn your next vacation into a relationship-building escape with your grandchildren. By stepping up to the plate and taking on this challenge, you will have the chance to create a closer relationship than might previously have seemed possible with these oh-so-important-to-you tots.

Danielle always thought that travel medical insurance for seniors wasn’t important until her grandmother got into a life-threatening car crash while in Germany. She survived, thanks to the immediate care she received at the hospital while overseas, and has since returned with her grandchildren nine times.

Teach a Child to Pray – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Lori Lauth

 

 

Prayer is a wonderful part of Christian life. We get the opportunity to have a conversation with God. We can have this time with him as often as we want.


 

 

As a child, my mother was the one that influenced my prayer life. In fact, she used to take me to some prayer meetings with her. I learned so much by being around the seasoned Christians. They would often pray over me and teach me scripture. I learned how to pray and then wait to hear that still small voice of the Lord.

With my children, we have prayer time everyday on the way to school. At first they would ask Jesus to bless Barbie but as the years have gone by they now pray for the school, our community, the country and our president. I have taught them the beauty of being quiet and waiting for that still small voice just like my mom and others taught me.

I hope you will take some time to pray with the children in your life. Teach them prayer is just a conversation. Show them by example and then let them have a turn even if they ask the Lord to bless Barbie. Remember they are learning and it’s a progression.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 KJV

 

 

Has this article blessed you? Maybe it’s reminded you to hang out with a child and talk about Jesus. Would you share a comment below? We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Article Written By Lori Lauth From – Life Lessons For Christian Women.

 

 

Have a great day! 🙂

 

 

 

The Simple Joys Of Grandparenting – Book Review

By Abigail R. Gehring

 
 
Abigail is the author of 10 books
Unique collection of nursery rhymes, delightful stories, recipes, games, activities and much more!

 

 

This enchanting, mastered book is excellent for new grandmas and grandpas. It captures the heart and mind of grandparents and grandchildren with its fun and educational features that graces its pages.

 

 

Also features many fun craft activities that will entertain and educate your grandchild for hours! 🙂

 

 

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On page 106, the book offers materials needed and directions to make edible playdough, how awesome is that?! Kids absolutely love playdough! The recipe is so easy to make and more importantly, very EASY to clean up. This is one recipe that I will be sharing with my grandson when he gets a few years older. More edible recipes include; mini pizzas and homemade marshmallows. 🙂


 

 

The Simple Joys of Grandparenting even has pages where you can record special memories , activities, and events. Grandparents can also write down their grandchildren’s first sayings and words.

 

 

For Example…Just this past weekend my 2 year old grandson said his first whole sentence for me. He asked where our cat was, “Where’s Jesse At”? He asked, and that put a great big smile on my face for the rest of the day! 🙂 My daughter-in-law said that wasn’t his first full sentence, he’s been doing a lot more talking that Grandma and Grandpa don’t know about. LOL Birthdays and various dates can also be recorded. I really LOVE this book!

 

 

I especially love the quotes throughout the book such as;

 

 

“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses” By Joyce Brothers

 

 

If you’re a grandparent, you WILL absolutely be thrilled with The Simple Joys of Grandparenting. A huge smile armored my face as I began diving in and reading. Love it!!! =)

 

 

Page 28

I saw supplies and directions needed to make a fun coupon book that my grandson will enjoy making for Mom and Dad to help them save money. (A couple of years down the road).

 

 

Page 155

Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. It made my mouth water just reading the recipe!

 

 

Page 204

Facts For Grandparents to record allergies, clothing sizes, favorite colors, and more!

 

 

Again Awesome book for Grandparents!…You can get it Here! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting with your College-aged Grandchild – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most teenagers spend their high school years anticipating graduation and the independence that will follow. As much as teens would like to stand alone in their college years, students are more successful in college if they have a strong support system at home.

You, as a grandparent, are so important to the development of your grandchild’s values and goals. Your relationship with your grandchild, at any age, can help establish his or her sense of self, of roots and of tradition.

Members of Generation Y or the Millennial generation are great at connecting with other people. This probably doesn’t surprise you, especially if you’ve witnessed how much time they spend on their phones. (Not even talking! Just staring at a screen!) However, studies also show that because this generation spends so much time breaking down boundaries to connect with others, these kids don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what defines them.

They are receiving an overwhelming amount of messages: from television and the Internet, their friends and their professors. Every day, college-aged kids wade through thousands of different lifestyle options, and they need your support. They may not know it, but they do!
They need structure, and they need values they can depend on.

College is a process of maturation, a coming-of-age stage that demands a lot of independence. Your grandchild is growing into an adult, and this is the time for you to begin relating to him or her as an adult. This is a great time to become a mentor, to share stories to establish mutual respect. Honesty is important. Remind them that you’ve lived at their age. Undoubtedly you’ve made some mistakes, but you have had years to reflect and grow. Passing along wisdom is one of the greatest gifts you can offer a child.

The tough part is getting them to pay attention. When trying to connect with a college-aged student across a distance (via phone, mail or e-mail) think of how you would approach a distracted child. I recommend giving them something small to consider, something that doesn’t demand a lot of effort, but still prompts them to consider their roots and their future. Sharing is the key.

For example, you could send your college-aged student a snack pack full of goodies, and that’s very thoughtful; but you could also send them a pack of blank “Thank You” cards and a sheet of stamps with a suggestion such as, “If you forget those who have helped you, they may have forgotten you when you need help again. Gratitude is always remembered and appreciated. I’m sure your professors would enjoy hearing how they’ve helped you this semester.”

Because we are older, we have spent more time as “Givers,” and we understand the value of Thank You notes more than a young person could. It is never too early or too late to teach a child the value of a formal expression of gratitude, and by encouraging your grandchild to send a Thank You card, you are also encouraging him to form healthy relationships with other mentors. Sending items or sharing personal stories is a great way to connect with a student during his busy schedule.

When your grandchildren are in your home, do not hesitate to recruit them on a project. Building and making things together is an essential part of establishing roots. Who else can teach your granddaughter to quilt or bake an apple pie? Who else can teach your grandson to split wood or build a fence? Who else can teach the patience and hard work of gardening?

Ask them hard questions about their schoolwork and their future, but only when you’re face-to-face. This will require them to focus and will make it difficult for them to evade the question. If they get frustrated, give them space. Later, ask them what was upsetting about the question. Listen and then ask if you can help. Even if you can’t help solve the problem, just knowing about the problem can be supportive.

E-mails and even Facebook updates are a great way to connect with college students. Never forget that your grandchildren are being pulled in many different directions right now, and they may give you the attention or respect your actions merit. Be generous and forgiving, and be consistent. You may have to make a lot of effort to reach them, but later, when they reach the next level of adulthood, they will appreciate it.

Also, your grandchild’s relationship with you could give him an edge in the workplace. There is rising tension between younger and older generations, and if your grandchild has a healthy respect for tradition and the older generations, he could adapt more easily to today’s work environment.

 

This guest post comes courtesy of Mariana Ashley, a freelance writer who offers online colleges advice throughout the interwebs, and welcomes responses at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com.