If you love your parents and want your children to be just as excited about seeing their grandparents as you are about spending time with your parents, you’ll be glad to know that there are all kinds of things that you can do to help your relationships with your parents rub off on your children.
So whether your parents live just down the street or are living in a senior living community, here are three ways to get your kids excited about spending time with their grandparents.
Encourage Them To Stay In Contact
The first thing you need to know about helping your kids develop a strong relationship with their grandparents is that the nurturing of this relationship needs to be taking place on a very regular basis. To do this, you’ll need to help your kids find some way to stay in contact with their grandparents.
If your children are older, having them call, text, or video chat their grandparents can be a great way for them to stay in touch. Additionally, if your children are younger or your parents aren’t particularly tech-savvy, writing letters to one another can also be something fun that your kids and parents share with one another. Anything that will help them keep in touch so that it’s like no time has passed since they last spoke or saw one another will be beneficial.
Get Them To Teach Each Other Something New
For the times when your children can be physically with their grandparents, something that you can do to help them find the time together more enjoyable is to have them teach each other something new.
If your kids are really into something right now, have them teach this thing to their grandparents and share their passion with them. On the other hand, if there’s something that your parents are known for and you know that your child will find interesting, ask your parents to teach that to your kids. This can be a great way to find common interests and get over any awkward feelings from having small-talk.
Spend Time In Nature Together
Something that people of all ages enjoy is being out in nature. So if you live in an area where there’s beautiful places to see outside, consider encouraging your kids to spend more time outside with their grandparents.
Sharing their favorite places with one another and just being away from technology and other distractions can be a great way for your kids and their grandparents to really connect on a deeper level.
If you want your kids to be excited about the time that they get to spend with their grandparents, consider using the tips mentioned above to help both parties find things to look forward to when being with one another.