How is it that I’m just hearing about this? Apparently, National Grandparents Day was celebrated this past weekend on September 13, 2020. If you are like me, you probably think that Grandparents Day should be a more recognizable holiday. Honestly, it should be as mainstream as any other widely known holiday. Think about this, if we can dedicate a whole day in April to ‘fools,’ then we can definitely normalize Grandparents Day. Who’s with me???
A proclamation was signed by Jimmy Carter in 1978, making it an official holiday. Grandparents Day originated as a celebration with the whole family in mind. It’s a day designed for young and old to honor each other and provide an opportunity for civic engagement for all generations.
Nowadays, keeping our elders safe is a top priority for many families. That may mean your little one doesn’t often see their grandparents in person, or at all. It may even mean that your family has chosen to self-isolate from other families and outings in order to keep your physical proximity to the grandparents unsullied. Either way, maintaining the connection between the generations is necessary.
How to stay connected with grandparents:
1. Take an Art Break– schedule a time where they can come together and make art together. Ask the grandparents to gather a few simple supplies (paper, paint, markers), and you do the same. Prop your phone up to capture this virtual parallel play in real-time.
2. Cook on Zoom– a sweet treat can come in the form of making a parfait or sundae with the grandparents. Cooking provides multiple opportunities for math, language development, and problem-solving skills.
3. Read a Story– get comfy with your device and your little one’s favorite book. Send a second copy to the grandparents so that everyone can enjoy the story together. Pick a book your little one is familiar with so they can engage more confidently when responding to questions. Who knows, they may even want to read the story to the grandparents. Grandparents Day originated as a celebration with the whole family in mind. It’s a day designed for young and old to honor each other and provide an opportunity for civic engagement for all generations.
As always, I hope these tips come in handy for your family. And if you missed Grandparents day this year (like I did), remember that any day can be Grandparents Day…but I’m saving the date in my calendar for next year, right now!!
For more tips and additional information about Grandparent’s Day:
- Cook Together with your Grandkids!
- 5 Tips to Help Grandparents Stay Connected with their Grandkids, Despite Social Distancing
- History of Grandparents Day!