Being a parent and especially a grandparent is a beautiful, unique and a gratifying experience. It creates a sense of self-fulfilment especially if we are lucky enough to pass down great values and beliefs to our grandchildren. It grants us a certain warmth that translates to a smile whenever we see our little ones happy and embracing all life has to offer.
Grandparents’ day is coming in a few days. This is a good opportunity for us grandpas and grandmas to further develop a good relationship with our grandkids. For nanas like me, how do we become the ‘cool’ grandparent that they want to be with or remember? Here’s some advices on how we oldies can happily bond with our grandchildren.
Its a oft forgotten holiday but clearly the grandparents of the world make a huge difference for the lives of grandchildren. If you are a grandparent, have a grandparent or wanna be a grandparent, watch this fun video and share with someone you love!
Thanks AARPfor putting this together. CALL YOUR GRANDPARENTS!
And lest we forget, we are just the grandparents, regardless of how entitled we feel.
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.
About Dr. Amy Inc.
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
For more information:
Shelly Potter: (416) 428-7540
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.