For the older generation, some of the best memories were in times before the internet, social media, and electronic gaming systems. Families came together during mealtime; game night was a thing, and children had to wait until the adults were done with the Sunday paper before they could take the comics.
These days, everyone is so focused on their social media and gaming apps that we rarely pay attention to each other. Before you know it, too much time has passed you by. Well, it’s time to make lasting memories again, especially when the grandchildren come over to visit.
Here are five ways to foster a deeper, more meaningful relationship with all of the grandchildren and you can give a gift for grandparents to create beautiful memories together.
Meal Time Together
With our fast-paced lives and easy internet access through our mobile devices, it’s easy to grab a quick bite to eat and go off in separate directions. Group meal prep teaches the younger generation how to cook, set a table, and sit for a good meal and great conversation. Just remember to make a rule: No phones at the table.
And here’s one other tip for mealtime memories – don’t be afraid to make a mess of the kitchen because that can always be cleaned up.
Exercise and Play
Growing older isn’t fun so it is imperative to stay active and healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Share the joys of exercise and play with the grandchildren. One thing you can partake in is a day trip to the local park, beach, or hiking trail. It is a great way to bond with the grandchildren and get exercise at the same time. Plus, there is something special about being out in nature and enjoying each other’s company.
Be goofy and fun. Maybe take over the playground and see who can swing the highest or a fun game of hide and seek.
Impress the grandkids with your hobby skills. Some people can knit or crochet, others like working on puzzles, and some love building models. Imagine the memories that will be made for doing something like building a birdhouse from scrap wood, or going into a large field and shooting up rockets.
Some hobbies require a lot of talent, skill, and patience. Give the grandchildren the gift of becoming a skilled hobbyist. Who knows? It could turn into a career one day.
Card and Board Games
There was a time when people used real cards to play Solitaire. Likewise, board games were all the rage and brought families together when they planned game night. Impress the young ones by creaming them in trivia games like Boom Again or deal out the playing cards for a mean game of Go Fish.
This is a great way to distract the grandchildren and teach them how to occupy themselves when the electricity goes out. It happens.
Sometimes quiet times are the best times. For younger grandchildren, converting the dining table into a fort and setting up a sleepover with snacks and storytelling are great fun. For older grandchildren, sharing the love of reading can enhance their love of books.
The common denominator is the ability to unplug and enjoy each other’s company.