The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is a special bond. Grandparents, whether local or long-distance, often play an important role in a child's development and growth.
Rhonda Glyman, director of community life at NewBridge on the Charles, offers several tips for how grandparents and great-grandparents can play a role in their grandchildren's lives:
- Attend your grandchild's youth sporting events or other activities;
- Take your grandchildren out to lunch, a ballgame, or a museum;
- Introduce your grandchildren to favorite games and activities from your childhood;
- Read to your grandchildren;
- Find entertainment that is appealing to all age groups;
- Ask your grandchildren about their friends, school, activities, likes and dislikes;
- Help your grandchildren with their homework;
- Participate in an intergenerational program if you don't have grandchildren or if your grandchildren live far away; and
- If you live a long distance away, send letters, emails or home videos or make regular telephone calls (you can do this even if you live nearby).
Ms. Glyman says that any level of interaction with your grandchildren or great-grandchildren, from giving piggyback rides to quietly observing what they are engaged in, can be rewarding for both you and them.
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