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.
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A Private Family Network – SquareHub
Do you need a private way to communicate with EVERYONE in your Family – and no one else. There’s an App for that – SquareHub Family Network. As a grandmother, I am in awe of the amount of coordination required to manage today’s busy family. I am often asked to help in the pick ups or transfers or game day events. When live gets complicated, clear communication is difficult and that is BEFORE you add in the element of teenage communication skills – with their grandparent, no less.
This nifty new app might be just the thing to communicate with everyone we need to and not those we don’t. SquareHub, a free iOS mobile app for sending private messages and photos, coordinating activities, and sharing those spontaneous moments of joy with just the family.
SquareHub addresses the need to coordinate multiple activities each day while keeping personal information private. With SquareHub, every family member on the network can send instant private messages and photos. Parents can coordinate activities and kids can request a pickup or tell parents privately when they will be home. SquareHub replaces the inconvenience of multiple communication avenues—texting, phone calls and email—with the ease of a single app that all members can use.
Families with active teenagers, professional parents, divorced parents, and military families will love the privacy protection, efficiency, and virtual presence SquareHub brings to their daily communication. With SquareHub, families no longer have to think twice about sharing personal details like where everybody is, what everyone is doing and those goofy, memorable moments they want to share with each other.
Plus it appears to be a great planning tool for my brothers and I as we are coordinating help for our parents. Add an element of fun and you have what appears to be a very useful tool.
Did I mention it is FREE and PRIVATE? I love that!
Calling my grandmother
When I was a child, every Sunday we talked to my grandparents who lived hundreds of miles away and we were only able to see once every year or so. I do not remember if we called them or they called us but it was an event in our household. I remember having to recall what I had done or accomplished to share with them each week and it was good to actually have this time to reflect on my week and plan how to tell them of the important activities in my life. This week I have texted my 14 year old granddaughter and received instant info (as needed), spoken with my 10 year old grandson which was sweet and simple and Skyped with my 2 year old granddaughter who is hundreds of miles away!
What communication is lost and gained with the technology available?
|Excitement and Uniqueness
||Instant and Frequent
|Reflection and Preparation
||Spontaneous and Unrehearsed
|Spoken is Interpreted Once
||Texted is Interpreted Forever
|Maturation of conversation
Here are some of the facts I have learned about our communication changes:
Talking to Teens
Children and Phones
Fully 72% of all teens — or 88% of teen cell phone users — send text messages, up from 51% of in 2006 and about 0% since 1996.
Have you ever been at a party and felt an awkward moment, so pulled out your cell phone and pretended to text, check an email, or chat?
You are not alone. A recent PEW study found that 13 percent of Americans admit to using their cell phones to prevent unwanted social interactions.
Hmm. Perhaps that’s why everyone’s always “texting” in the elevator. Does it mean our children will be awkward more or just deal with it different?
One of the most dramatic increases in the use of cell phones was from 10 to 11 year old range with over 80.5% owning a handset. The study goes on to discover that boys are gaining in number to have a phone over girls – it has increased 47.6% for boys since 2007 and only 17.2% for girls. As more wireless providers are offering services that are aimed at kids, such as the use of GPS tracking, there will continue to be a boom in the usage of mobile phones among children.
THERE ARE 300 MILLION VIDEO CALLS A DAY ON SKYPE –
How are you connecting with your grandchildren? Is it too much? Would you go back to the once a week updates? Not me – but I sure would love to hear the sweet sound of my grandmother’s soft giggle or my granddad’s knowing nod as I told of the important events of my week! Even Skype cannot bring that back.
Smiling pigtail to pigtail!
What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure. ~Gene
I feel like this every time I am fortunate enough to spend time with my grandchildren. The joy they spread is immeasurable and yet they are totally unaware. Maybe that is why it is called pure joy!
Hope you had a fabulous time over the holidays with your families. I did and will post more as we enter the crazy holiday period!
Friends of mine, Sandy and Bob, made a trip to Denver recently to see their 13-year old granddaughter perform in a school play. After one performance of the play, there was a reception of sorts in the gym with hundreds of people present. Not knowing anybody other than their immediate family and not wanting to get in the way of the activities, Bob and Sandy found a spot to stand in the far corner of the room and just watched the action. Later that evening after they were home, their granddaughter commented to them: “The next time you are at my school, please don’t just stand there looking creepy.”
Sandy has no idea what she did to look “creepy”, and certainly has no idea how to look and be different next time so as to be more acceptable to her granddaughter.