Spending Time with Your Precious Grandchildren
I am pleased to bring you this guest post from my friend Susan, a children’s author and writer.
We both hope that you will enjoy it!
Spending time with your precious grandchildren can be as easy as putting one foot in front of the other
With spring on the way, and the weather warming up it’s a great time to plan how you are going to share the longer days with your grandbabies.
What you do, will of course, depend upon their age and how much time you get to spoil them – I mean, spend with them.
I really like to plan every minute I have with my grandkids. I live over 4 hours’ drive away from them so I don’t get to see them as often as I would like. My time with them is precious, as you can imagine, and I want it to be fun and memorable for us all.
Being outside is important
We live in the country so there is always things we can do outside. I hate wasting time watching television or playing video games, so I while I don’t ban them completely, I certainly discourage my grandchildren playing with them when they are at my house.
One of my favorite things to do is just to go for a simple walk. My youngest grandchild is only 16 months old, so she can’t walk far, but that doesn’t mean we don’t make the best of it.
As we walk I look for things which are small enough for her to hold, and too big for her to put into her mouth. The rocks here are often shaded red, blues and browns, and they are one of her favorite things to investigate.
She loves seeing the birds flit around the bushes, too. She will point and put on her ‘serious’ face and make long ‘Ooooh’ noises.
I have often picked up a stick and drawn a smiley face in the dirt. She enjoys this very much, and will take the stick and attempt to do the same herself.
Up you get!
We have stone paths so it is not uncommon for her to stumble sometimes. She is still learning how to put one foot successfully in front of the other. If she does stumble I follow her parents’ guidelines. I just smile and say, “Whoops! Up you get!” and help her up. She is so used to it, she brushes the sand off her knees and then her hands, and then stumbles forwards.
While all these things are happening I converse with her. At the moment, it is fairly a one way conversation, as you can imagine, but I want to establish a routine with her. When she is older, and able to talk back to me I hope she’ll tell me about what she’s going through. I hope that our little walks play a significant part in life, and in time become to mean so much more.
How do you spend those precious, quiet moments with your grandchildren?
Susan Day is a children’s author and writer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents, parents and teachers to support them in helping children become better readers. As well, Susan has created a guide to help grandparents build a more meaningful relationship with their grandchildren through their love and passion for books. Susan lives in Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo. And, apart from blogging, writing and reading; she loves coffee, painting and learning to box. You can also find Susan at her other site here and on social media: Facebook • Instagram • Twitter.