When I became a new mother, I thought one of the greatest joys was holding my newborns and watching them coo and cuddle all swaddled up and gently nestled beside me. But, I soon discovered that would pale in comparison to the immeasurable happiness I experienced while watching my parents do the same as they sweetly sang to their granddaughters while holding them in their loving arms.
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As the years continue to pass, and the girls continue to grow, I still find no adequate words to describe the boundless joy and immense gratitude I feel when watching my children and my parents together.
This Sunday, Sept.7, I’m excited that we get another opportunity to do something grand for Mimi and Papa to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. I know it’s a little known holiday for some, but it's a great time to honor our grandparents and elders and show them our appreciation.
It also gives us a chance to tap into the wisdom and heritage that older relatives provide. Our grandparents and older relatives are especially a rich resource for our children - no matter if they live around town or across the country.
This weekend, you may want to gently remind your kids to recognize the value of their grandparents’ strength, resilience and guidance. Let them return that message of love. For children whose grandparents have passed away, they can be encouraged to offer kindness to elderly people, especially those in nursing homes or to others who may be living alone.
Here are few great tips on how you can celebrate Grandparents' Day from GrandparentsDay.org:
A surprising 67 percent of grandparents see their grandchildren most often when their family goes out to eat. If that’s the case with your family, why not bring a meal closer to home? After all, nothing brings people together like home-cooked comfort food.
Encourage your kids and your parents or in-laws to pick out favorite recipes and get to work in the kitchen making a meal together. While beating eggs and boiling water, they can also cook up a closer relationship.
Your Time is the Best Gift You Can Give Your Grandparent.
It’s the start of the school year. Your kids' schedule is going to get busy with homework, after-school activities and hanging out with their friends. Why not take at least a half hour on or around Grandparents' Day to encourage them to get to know one of their grandparents or another older adult in your family better?
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