7 Ways Grandparents Can Bond With Grandchildren

7 Ways To Bond With Grandchildren - ParentingGrandparents and grandchildren enjoy a special and sacred bond. Read on to know 7 ways to cultivate better relationships with your grandchildren.

Foster friendship

Grandparents make best friends. Do silly things with your grandkids. Take them out to gardens and parks, read stories, share secrets, make plans to surprise ‘parents,’ and do things that excite children and also offer learning. Voilà! It’s easy to be your grandchild’s best friend!

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Make the most of your time

As a grandparent, you may still be working, retired, pursuing a hobby, or routine. Nevertheless, keep in mind to make the most of the time you get with grandkids. Talk to them, blow their worries away, and ask them what excites them. Divide your time wisely as ‘me-time,’ to boost health and fitness, socialise with neighbours and relatives, entertain yourself with TV or books, and talking to your grandchildren.

Do your duty

Grandparents have a special place and role in a child’s life. Provide inputs that parents cannot. Give unconditional support and encouragement to your grandchildren. Being nice to them doesn’t mean you give in to their every whim and fancy, thus infuriating the parents. Be a cushion, they can fall back on when upset or angry. Teach them to always be close to their parents and family. Instil good habits and mannerisms.

Explore the world again

Give grandchildren your company and freedom to explore the world. Relive your childhood, see the world through their eyes. Experience games, music, nature, reading, art, etc. with your bundle of joy. It helps in bonding, utilising time, and channelising energies for both of you.

Walk the extra mile

Don’t let this grandparent-grandchildren relationship just be a formal family bond limited to greetings and mutual respect. Dive in to create a deep bond and long-lasting relationships. Let them know you are there for them and you care. A weekend together, regular chat, phone call, or email exchange is a good way to stay connected with your tech-savvy grandchildren even if you aren’t with them constantly.

Act as a bridge between kids and parents

While parents juggle many hats to bring up a child, there are times when kids would just not listen. Grandparents can pitch in and offer valuable learning for kids, which is important and isn’t as preachy. Often kids look at their parents as somebody who is constantly trying to teach them something and don’t like it. As a grandparent and a third person, you can offer a lot to build their character, personality, and integrity. Also you can tell them that parents’ advise is in their best interest.

Be a friend, philosopher, and guide

Parents have a hell of a responsibility towards their kids—to make them learn the worldly ways. From how to eat to how to talk to a stranger and to how to behave, children are always at the receiving end of advice. As a grandparent, with no burden of parenting them, you can be their friend, philosopher, and guide. Tell your grandkids the value of goodness, being righteous, and respectful. Guide them at every step, help them in their hobbies, teach them how to face competition, peer-pressure, and strict parents for that matter.

Grandparents love for their grandchildren is pure and unconditional. In today’s fast-paced world, do you think grandparents and grandkids enjoy a great relationship?

Image Credit: Svante Adermark

 

90% of a child’s permanent foundation for brain development occurs in the early years according to Rauch Foundation. An overuse of gadgets can only stunt this growth and cause a negative impact on the child’s overall development.
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Ekta Sharma Bhatnagar is a writer, dreamer, and a neat-freak mom constantly trying to keep pace with her fast-growing, tech-addict kids. A proud mother of two, she is a seasoned media professional and a self-confessed Bollywood buff. Ekta has written extensively on Entertainment, Careers, Lifestyle, Interiors, and Parenting for Indiatimes.com, Education Times, Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, Times Property, other publications and corporate websites. Follow on Twitter @ektabhatnagar

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