1. Head Outside
The next time that you take a trip to visit grandma and grandpa, take your visit outdoors. A great idea is to take a walk, since this is an activity that almost anyone can do and enjoy. And even if your children’s grandparents are in a wheelchair or use a walker, they can still enjoy a leisurely stroll. If the grandparents are unable to take a walk, consider moving the visit outside, even if it is just to sit on the patio reading a book together.
2. Learn Something New
Many grandparents will have skills that neither you nor your spouse have, such as canning end of season fruit, gardening, birdwatching or baking. Ask your child’s grandparent to teach their special skill – my son has an interest in vintage cars and motorcycles, which is wonderful because my father is a vintage car and motorcycle mechanic and collector. Finding something that the grandparent can teach your child, that your child is actively interested in, will bring them closer together.
3. Share Eco Tips
Some grandparents don’t live a green lifestyle – mainly because when they were younger they were unaware of the impact that our actions have on the environment. Your child however, probably already knows the importance of recycling, composting, reusing and repurposing. Encourage your child to teach Grandma and Grandpa the importance of saving our environment and the steps that they can take in their own home that will make a big impact.
Many older folks spend a portion of their time volunteering for a cause that they feel is important. Encourage the grandparents to involve your children in their volunteering endeavors. What a wonderful way for your children to learn the importance of charity while spending the day with their grandparents.
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