Sometimes I wonder if we are still trying to regain our lost childhood or if we have actually pushed the envelope of acceptable behavior by simply never growing up. Which ever it is, it is very apparent around Halloween that we still want to have fund and unleash our inner diva or macho selves.
I was looking for some good costume ideas and found this great blog post by Boomerinas site.
Recently I posted about memories made with grandchildren that focused pretty much on ‘grandmotherly’ memories – sugar and spice and everything nice like china, journals, chrystal and such. But granddads make some of the most impactful memories and pass along treasures that last for generations.
My granddad had a woodworking shop and turned some wonderful bowls for each of us that I think all four still treasure. My dad made me a beautiful doll bed that was passed to my daughters and then to my granddaughters. My husband’s grandfather made treasure chest for each of his grandchildren which has held treasures for well over 50 years.
But maybe it is the collections that make the most impact. Whether you collect rocks, stamps, coins, baseball cards, or other hobbies these collections can be a wonderful point of memory making with grandchildren and a great item to pass on.
When a 2 year old tells you that there is ‘no pickin nose while cooking’ you really have to listen! And I must admit, there were times that her comments made me think twice about cooking and clean hands.
Last Christmas, Michelle who has 2 small boys was baking cookies. As they were getting all the items prepared they ended with washing their hands. Mom asked “Has Everybody washed their hands and not touched anything dirty since then?” Little Sam says yes, yes, yes and then hesitates “Wait, Mom, does that include picking my nose? ” So, I guess it really is a rule we need to learn.
Manners Matter and Rules
There are so very many rules it is a wonder that any of us are able to succeed in the social world. And there are new ones added every week it seems. Think about the required rules in the Middle Ages – stay alive pretty much covered it.
They were dirty, had horrible grooming habits, ate like goops and never, ever had to learn the difference in complex language similarities such as affect and effect.
Then came the Victorian Age and the rules multiplied. Next was the Guttenheim press and that took rules to a whole new level. The next period of growth that I am aware of is the American and French Revolutions where independence from the crown made rules even more necessary as no one else told us what to do. We each became responsible.
Now enter the age of Internet, Green Economy, Nutritional organic wholesomeness and sustainability. So many things to remember – what should we drop?
What’s Important to Teach Them?
What should we make sure everyone is taught and what can we leave to “Life’s Lessons”
Children gain a much broader sense of the world, how it was in the past and how it has evolved, when they have meaningful connection with their grandparents.
Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) August 31, 2011
Dr. Amy, an expert in caregiving, aging, and retirement, says there are compelling reasons to make a fuss over grandparents. She has developed a free kit for children, containing activities designed to build the bonds of love and understanding on Grandparents Day—and every day.
Here are Dr. Amy’s three reasons to celebrate Grandparents Day:
1. Grandparents enrich their grandchildren’s lives by providing a deeper sense of history and identity
Children gain a much broader sense of the world, how it was in the past and how it has evolved, when they have meaningful connection with their grandparents. War, politics, medical advances, technology, the role of women—grandparents have lived through a lot and can impart a sense of perspective.
2. Grandparents support their grandchildren
An increasing number of grandparents are the sole support to their grandchildren, taking the place of the parents and playing the role of primary provider.
In Canada, according to 2006 census data, we’re seeing an upward trend in the number of children for whom grandparents are the primary providers. The number of children under 25 in this situation increased to 54,865 in 2006 from 41,780 in 1991. (Vanier Institute for the Family, Fascinating Families Issue 11 2008).
The same is true in the United States, where 2.6 million grandparents are responsible for most of the basic needs of one or more of the grandchildren who lived with them (2008 data from Census Bureau). Census Bureau reports this number in 2000 as 2.4 million.
3. Grandparents have stories and wisdom to share
As we age we think about the legacy we will leave behind, and the desire runs deeper than simply gifting money. It is about leaving behind the essence of who we are and passing on our stories and life lessons to the next generation. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to make time for meaningful conversation, and share wisdom and stories across generations.
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A leader in caregiver wellness, Dr. Amy Inc. provides caregivers with expert information and support for the emotional and family issues that are a common part of caregiving. Dr. Amy Inc. was founded by Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA. Known as Dr. Amy for her warm and engaging style, she is a sought-after speaker and a frequent guest on radio and television. Dr. Amy began working with seniors and their families more than 25 years ago, and was a caregiver to her parents for 10 years. She is the author of two books, and has written many articles on caregiving, aging, and retirement. See: http://www.dramycaregiving.com
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Mothers Day and Fathers Day get their fair share of attention. What about Grandparents Day—September 11 this year? An increasing number of grandparents are the sole support and primary provider to their grandchildren. It’s time to recognize their contribution.