Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Papa, MyMy, Pop-Pop, the names given to our parents from the mouths of our babes, could go on forever! I don’t know about you, but watching my Parents become grandparents and my Grandma become a Great, has become one of the greatest treasures in my life. My little one has an abundance of grandparents and “adopted” grandparents who dote on her and and it is pure joy etched across her face when she gets to see them. If your little ones are lucky enough to have a few grandparents of their own or even a few adopted grandparents, let’s take some time out to honor them this September 10th, on Grandparents Day.
What is Grandparents Day? Here’s a little history:
National Grandparents Day falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. . It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Mrs. McQuade wanted Grandparents Day to be a family day. She envisioned families enjoying small, private gatherings, perhaps even a family reunion, or participating in community events. On a societal level, National Grandparents Day gives us a chance to publicly affirm the identity and importance of grandparents, that they do play a vital role in families. It is also a day of giving – giving of self; sharing hopes, dreams, and values; and setting an example and advocating for future generations.
There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:
To honor grandparents.
To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
So, how do we honor the Grands in Our life? Start off by asking your kiddos! They might have a few ideas of how they would like to show their love and admiration for their Grandparents, but if you need a few ideas, here’s a short list of activities you can discuss as a family:
*Have your children create cards and send them the old fashioned way!
*Take the grands out for a picnic or have THEM over for dinner!
*Send flowers or deliver them yourself!
*If their across country, Facetime, Snapchat, Call them! Just let them know your thinking of them!
*Have your children pick out small gifts, something THEY think their grands would like.
*Pinterest is FULL of ideas-IF you want to get crafty.
*Bake your elderly neighbors some cookies and have the kiddos deliver them!
Tell us how YOU will celebrate the elders in your life!