The love between a grandparent and a grandchild is truly special. Usually not the primary caregiver, a grandparent’s only job is to love that darling child truly and completely. If you are lucky enough to have one, two or more grandchildren, you are truly blessed in every sense of the word. This article will offer some tips and suggestions on how to enrich that special and unique relationship.
Treat Your Son Or Daughter In Law With Respect….Always. Your adult child’s life mate may not have been your first choice, but that person is now a member of your family. Even more important than that, this person is the parent of the young person you love and adore. Children are fiercely loyal to their parents and don’t appreciate anyone treating them unkindly. If a situation or two in the past has gotten out of hand, or your attitude towards your son or daughter in law is painfully aware to all, your relationship with your grandchild will suffer.Treat your son or daughter in law with respect and kindness, no matter your differences and your relationship with your grandchild will be the better for it.
Take An Interest In Your Grandchild’s Activities And Hobbies. Baseball, video games, fashion design or bicycling may bore you to tears, but if it is important to your grandson or granddaughter, make it important to you, too. Ask questions, attend events and heap the praise on him or her. Your grandchild will feel cherished and appreciated and have many joyful memories later in life.
Share Your Life Experiences And Wisdom. Though you may think that your grandchild is too young to appreciate all your struggles and achievements in a very different time, think again. Children absorb much more than we give them credit for and are usually truly interested in the stories of years gone by from adults they love and admire. Look for teachable moments whenever you are spending time with your grandchildren and then share the wisdom and moments of joy and pain that you have experienced during your lifetime.
Realize That Your Grandchild Is Growing Up In A Very Different Time. Society has surely changed tremendously from when you were a small child. Be open to the fact that children today are exposed to things much earlier in life, have access to technology unheard of decades ago, and generally view life in a much different way. Don’t hesitate to share what life was like when you were growing up, but realize that every generation has it’s own strengths and weaknesses and different standard of acceptable and “normal” behavior. If you close yourself off to the change in the times, you may just close yourself off to an opportunity to grow closer to your grandchild.
Take Tons Of Pictures With Your Grandchild. The more pictures you take of you and your grandchild sharing holidays, vacations, graduations and barbecues, the more of a treasure you will leave behind. Your grandchild will look back on the relationship you two shared and realize how very lucky he or she was to share so many wonderful times together. Your grandchild will know that spending time together was a priority for you. That will help to shape the adult and future grandparent he or she eventually becomes.