Whether you live next door to your grandkids or across the country, most grandparents would agree that maintaining a strong bond with them is essential. But, as the years pass and youngsters get more distracted, how can you build a deep relationship that will last? Here are some ideas to help you start building a strong bond with your grandchildren and continue being the source of love and comfort for them today.
Be a Source of Support
As grandparents are not the primary disciplinarian, they may be a child’s strongest supporter. That’s not to say we don’t correct them if we’re babysitting or they’re in our care, but it’s typically up to their parents to teach them how to act. If your granddaughter has just competed in a track event, be her greatest cheerleader. Root for her and who knows? Your presence, joy, and enthusiasm may be a calming influence on your grandkids.
Lend a Listening Ear
Truth is, the majority of individuals are unable to genuinely listen. Instead of listening to comprehend, they are listening to reply. When your grandchild speaks to you, try to be as attentive as possible. Allow them time to speak before observing their body language. If they are unhappy or afraid, offer them hugs or hold them if they appreciate contact. Make direct eye contact with them whenever feasible, and always consider your response before responding. What you say and how well you listen are far more important than you may believe.
Be One Call Away
We may not be able to be present in person at times, but we can phone or FaceTime. Every major event in their lives should be attended by the people they care about the most, their parents and grandparents, but if you can’t be there, phone to inquire about it or congratulate them. Developing a good relationship with your grandkids requires you to be there in whatever manner you can.
As a kid, what were some of the customs you looked forward to and enjoyed? Give your grandkids some of the same opportunities you had. Perhaps your family cooked Christmas cookies together, went on annual vacations to the same location, or always ate lunch together on Sundays. These are family traditions that you may pass on to your grandkids.
It’s not only about the relationship you form. It’s also about the types of values that you pass down to your grandchildren. You may use this time to inculcate strong values in your grandchildren so that they can pass along these traditions to their children and grandchildren.
Going outside, especially with small children, is a great way to burn off some energy while bonding with your grandchildren. You might start by going on a stroll and pointing out items you see in nature. You might also arrange a pleasant activity, such as visiting a park, attending a movie, or dining out.
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