Today’s kids are so plugged into technology it’s little wonder, grandparents feel so disconnected from their grandchildren. Aside from having a basket for them to place their devices in when they enter your home here are a few ways to carve out a little ‘connection’ with the younger generation.
Share a Favourite Spot
Take your grandchildren to a spot that has a special meaning to you. It could be a hiking trail, a beach or a park. Sharing your love of nature can be a catalyst for bonding.
Sharing a little family history with your grandkids can go a long way to making them feel part of a greater ‘whole’. What fond memories do you have of your childhood or their mom or dad’s? Share them via a story swap. Decide on a topic and then either take turns telling the story to each other or with older kids, write down your stories and then swap them.
Garden with the Grandkids
If you have a green thumb share your love of gardening with your grandchildren. Get them some kid-sized gardening gloves and tools and introduce them to seeds and soil. Gardening offers up not only some quality time together but it’s also a good way to teach kids about nature and sustainability.
Crafting is more than simply being creative. A joint craft project is a good way to engage and share in the benefits of working together as a team.
Do you have some good tips for connecting with the younger generation? If so, I'd love to hear them.
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