Weekend visits with the grandchildren can be a great memory making experience for grandchildren and grandparents alike and something that both will remember long into the future. Growing up I was lucky to have two sets of grandparents and one set of great grandparents that I frequently spent the weekend with. Those weekend visits at my grandparent’s houses are something that as an adult I still cherish today, even more so since my all of my grandparents have all passed on. Spending time together and creating wonderful memories is one of the best things that a grandparent can give to their grandchildren. In order to make the most of a weekend visit from their grandchildren there are a few things that grandparents can do to make sure that spending a weekend with their grandparents is something that their grandchildren look forward to no matter what their age.
How Grandparents Can Make The Most Out Of A Weekend Visit From Their Grandchildren
1. Do Your Homework
Prior to a weekend visit from your grandchildren find out from their parents what types of foods your grandchildren like, their favorite activities and toys, any safety precautions you should take any dislikes they might have etc. If your grandchildren are younger you would also find out what types of special equipment you might need such as a play pen or highchair for an infant or toddler.
2. Stock Up
After finding out what types of things your grandchildren like or need stock up on everything you will need to be prepared during their visit. This would include favorite foods, safety precautions, toiletries, materials for activities you have planned etc. Doing so will save you from having to frantically run to the store during their visit to buy items they need. Some more expensive items such as a high chair or a play pen that you may need during your grandchild’s visit can be found for free or inexpensively on websites like Freecycle www.freecycle.org or Craigslist www.craigslist.org .
3. Prepare Yourself
When preparing yourself for a visit from your grandchildren make sure you have time to spend with your grandchildren. If you have to work try and work shorter hours during their visit, and let friends and neighbors know that you will be unavailable for visits as you will be spending time with your grandkids. After all you want your grandchildren to feel special during their visit and that you want to spend time with them. You can’t do that if you are constantly having visitors drop in or taking phone calls.
4. Prepare Your Home
Before grandchildren arrive take some time to prepare your home for their visit. Decide on sleeping arrangements and make sure you have extra blankets and pillows available. If young children will be visiting make sure your baby or toddler proof your home by putting breakables away, making sure all outlets have safety plugs in them, their are no small objects that they could put in their mouths and all cabinets and drawers at their level have nothing toxic and nothing they could put in their mouth.
5. Plan For Activities
During your grandchildren’s visit plan for some fun activities you can do together. Cooking is always a fun activity for grandparents to do with grandchildren. If your grandchild is a teen they can help your plan, and cook an entire dinner if your grandchild is much younger they can help you measure and stir while baking cookies together. You could also plan an outing to a local attraction or park if your budget and health allows. When planning activities remember to factor in your grandchild’s age and likes when planning what to do. Teenage grandchildren aren’t going to enjoy or want to do the same things as younger children so plan accordingly.
6. Make Good Memories Not Bad
When grandchildren are visiting spend time making good memories together instead of using your time together to criticize their choice in clothes, hair, or music. They probably all ready get enough of that from their parents, besides your grandparents probably weren’t too fond of your tastes either.
7. Be Prepared For Anything
When you have children in the house you never know what can happen especially in a new environment so be prepared for anything. If your grandchild’s parents will be gone out of town make sure you have emergency numbers and insurance information available in case a trip to the emergency room might be necessary. If something unexpected happens just handle it as best you can and try to remain as calm and positive as possible
Enjoy your visit with your grandchildren!