It’s tough at the moment isn’t it? I’m sure we are all longing to see our loved ones face to face. It’s not quite the same on Facetime or Zoom, is it? In particular, my kids are really missing their grandparents – and vice versa.
A child or adult’s relationship with their grandparents is an important one. Grandparents have the ability to provide a warm place and a safe environment for stressed individuals, and they also teach us things that have a positive impact on our lives. The love, patience, comfort, and kindness they have to offer is unconditional. They also know how to spoil their grandchildren, no matter how old they may be.
As you can see, grandparents are important, and they play many roles in child growth and development. We know that they won’t be with us forever and these strange times have certainly reinforced the need for us to spend as much quality time with them as we can. Here are five ways you can make the most of this special relationship.
People love getting out and discovering new places, and, in many cases, seniors may struggle to do so alone or without help and support from a loved one or care worker. This makes exploring with your grandparents a great way to spend quality time with them and gives them an opportunity to go somewhere new. If they struggle to walk and want to travel a long distance, it’s worth considering an electric chair. To find the most suitable one, you can research the various EWheels models here.
Learning a new skill or craft with your grandparents is a great way to spend some quality time together – whether it’s playing a musical instrument, sewing or even gardening. You could learn something new altogether, you could teach your grandparents something, or they could teach you. I’m sure many grandparents are now far more internet savvy thanks to their grandchildren!
Whatever it may be, learning gives you all a chance to find out more about each other, such as your likes and dislikes and your natural talents. Whatever you learn from your grandparents can be passed on through generations. It allows their memory to live on in not just your life, but others too!
As we age, we can struggle to look after ourselves as well as we used to, and this can include cooking for ourselves. If your grandparents love cooking and struggle to do so, cooking a meal together could be a lovely way to spend quality time with them. It will allow them to make their favourite recipes and to teach you an heirloom or family favourite. In our family it’s Taid’s buns and potato cakes! At the end of it all, your grandparents will be able to enjoy a tasty homecooked meal or snack that they made with their grandchildren, which is irreplaceable.
You and your grandparents will have lived very different lives. They will have stories that will be gone forever when they pass away, so interviewing them and getting to know them will be extremely interesting and will make your bond stronger. They may have some equally curious questions about your life. Obviously, this can be as casual as you want it to be. You could have a comfortable chat in their home, or you could make a day of it and take them to the park for a picnic or out for food at a family restaurant.
Playing games is a great way to spend quality time with grandparents. You could play board games, card games like Whist or Rummy, or even teach them how to play on a games console. They can also teach you games from their childhood. If your grandparents are fairly mobile, you could play a safe, low-impact outdoor game. This will get them outdoors and gives them an opportunity to exercise, which is great for their health. Playing games helps to keep the mind young and are is also great fun!
Spending quality time with your grandparents is something that should be taken advantage of. The time spent together will boost your relationship and you may even learn some valuable skills along the way.