Grandparents and grandchildren enjoy a special and sacred bond. Read on to know 7 ways to cultivate better relationships with your grandchildren.
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!
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?
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