One of the favourite memories of my childhood was spending time with my grandparents and now I feel so thankful to God for that. Not only I got to play games together but I also got to hear new bedtime stories every night.
Only when small ones spend time with their grandmom and grandad, they will be able to know that they act as an arbitrator, stress buffers, supporters, guardian and roots of the family. The bond that grandparents have with their grandkids is a special emotional bond, which is one of its kind.
So, if you are living far from your parents because of work or other reasons and your children somehow don’t get time to bond with their grandparents. Then after are the tips ways to help your kiddiewinks in maintaining a healthy long-distance relationship with their grandfather and grandmother.
1) Make your visits frequent
If you’re living in the same city, then make certain that you take your children to visit their grandmom and grandad more often and in case you live in some other city or country then plan to visit them during summer breaks or during long weekends. Aside from this, you can also encourage their grandparents to plan visits or for a long stay at your place.
2) Technology makes staying in touch easier
With the advancement of technology keeping in touch has gotten very easy. You may create your children FaceTime, Skype or Video phone with their grandmom and grandad by fixing particular days and time per week so that children have something to anticipate. Besides these, kids can exchange e-mails, pictures, voice notes (like bedtime stories and rhymes) or texts with their grandma and grandpa.
Every time they go to see them, they make certain to surprise them with presents. What you can do different is instead of gifting them on the standard event, surprise them by sending gifts through mails un-occasionally. Top gifting options are sending cookies, their favourite gadget, a collage of images or it can just be a letter. This way they’ll feel more loved and connected.
4) More one-on-one communicating
When grandkids or grandparents visit, then encourage your kid spending one-on-one time with grandmother in the kitchen by helping her while she is preparing a family recipe, as this will help the conversation flow more freely.
Besides this asking granddad to read stories will cause some meaningful conversation sometimes even enlightening.
5) Friendly Relationship
Grandparents act as a bridge between the parents and kids. Parents have so much of the pressure of doing everything and making children learn everything perfectly. The pressure of being the best parents begins from making their kids learn how to speak, walk, act, etc.. As grandparents, it is possible to teach your grandkids with no burden of being perfect at parenting. This way you can act as their friend and guide them the perfect way with every ideal step for instance, in their hobbies, teaches them how to confront the competition and how to be positive.
Grandmom and Grandad have their adventures to tell in the form of stories. Moreover, they’re the storehouse of beautiful life inspiring stories that no kid should be denied. So nostalgic, I feel right now! What’s your strongest memory from your childhood of your grandparents?