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It’s easy for kids to become detached from their grandparents. If your parents don’t live close by or have health issues it’s quite possible that your children will see very little of them at all. If you can, you should work to change this. The relationship between a grandchild and a grandparent can be very healthy. It can teach children about the passage of life as well as ensuring that there is a close bond with someone else who they can trust and count on.
So, how do you make sure that your kids stay connected to your parents? Here are a few options that you could think about.
Arrange Regular Visits
You should make sure that you are booking in regular visits to see your parents with your children. This can be difficult when you have a busy schedule or when your parents live far away. But it’s worth the effort. Arranging regular visits will be beneficial for both your kids and your parents. For kids, it’s a chance to get to know a key member of the family and to form a long-lasting connection. For your parents, it can be an important chance for socialising. As we get older, socialising becomes more difficult and opportunities to talk or interact can be rare. Family visits can be key for keeping elderly parents connected to the outside world.
As your parents get older they may need more support to ensure they can live safely. It can be tempting to invite them to live with you, a “perfect” solution.
But your parents may not really want that. Perhaps they would prefer to move to a care home like Porthaven where they can socialise, live their life. Perhaps that is the perfect solution. You know they are safe and you can visit with the grandchildren whenever you like, they keep their social life and independence.
Invite Them To Special Occasions
It’s important to work and make sure that grandparents are a key part of your child’s life. One of the ways you can do this is by inviting them to all the different special occasions from birthday celebrations to festive parties. These are the defining moments that they should be a part of and they will be as long as you give that invite.
Independent Time Together
Finally, if you want to make sure that your kids form a lasting bond with their grandparents, let them look after your children. If your parents still have their independence, their health and they are safe there’s no reason not to provide the chance for sleepovers at their houses and days out together. Let them get to know one another and enjoy activities with each other. Perhaps they will be able to teach your kids different sports or even how to play chess? They really can be a tremendously positive force in their life when provided with the opportunity.