Spending time with grandparents is not only fun for our children, but the intergenerational contact offers a sense of continuity and belonging beyond the immediate family.
Learning to tie a fishing lure or writing a poem for the first time, playing Scrabble, these are the lessons and memories grandparents provide.
Here are some fun ideas to create traditions and build the grandchild-grandparent bond.
* Make a point of talking frequently about your child's grandparents. Telling about an adventure when Mom was young and drove the car for the first time with Grandpa creates vivid images for children.
* Include grandparents on weekend trips or vacation plans whenever possible. Relaxed days provide opportunities for a grandparent to spend time alone with each grandchild. It could be as simple as playing a board game, taking a walk to collect and classify colorful fall leaves or going into town to see a movie together.
* Send grandparents artwork, photos, copies of special school assignments, jokes and riddles in the mail.