Grandparents are often caught taking care of the children, over the holiday season. Parents are busy shopping, attending parties or still working, while children are out of school. Many times, this means that watching children falls on the grandparents. This article will give some suggestions to assist grandparents with this responsibility.
The key, to successfully having a good babysitting experience, is to have fun. You also want to keep them busy. Before they arrive, give them a call or talk with them. Ask them what they want to do. Find out what type of pizza they like. If not pizza, what else? Knowing ahead of time can help you jump start the day.
What to do
1. Involve them in your hobbies. No matter what your hobby, young people are also interested in how you do it. It doesn’t matter is you bake, collect coins, paint or crochet, grandchildren will always show an interest. The key is getting them involved as quickly as you can.
2. Go to the theater. This is a good opportunity to take in a good movie. The holidays always has a good choice of films to see.
3. Clean out the attic. You can make this a fun event as long as you keep it to a minimum. Grandchildren like to help, but only to a limit. Remember, the idea is to have fun.
4. Go through and look at old pictures. They are especially interested, in what their parents use to look like.
5. Help with holiday decorations. Before, they can help put them up. After, they can take them down. Gift wrapping is a great idea, before the holidays.
6. Holiday sport events. Many high schools host holiday basketball tournaments.
7. Ice skating, roller skating and bowling. Many bowling alleys take a break from league action, during the holidays. This is a great time to get some action in.
8. Home maintenance. You can do anything from painting a room to cleaning or rearranging. Tap into suggestions from your grandchildren. They might surprise you with their ideas.
9. Visit a local city attraction. Zoo’s, museums, art galleries. floral displays and even libraries ate great during the holidays. Many offer special events.
10. Games and puzzles. If you can’t get out, now is the time to put that 1000 piece puzzle together.
11. Shopping. Pick a place to go shopping and a place to eat. Ask for suggestions. Grandparents can be a big help to a child that can’t drive to a certain location.
12. Get your picture taken. Extra time provides a chance to get a portrait done of you and your grandchildren together.
Getting them involved and following their suggestions help with bonding between grandparents and siblings. Even if you don’t like their suggestions, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the quality time you get to have with them.