7 Ideas about Successful Grandparenting
Caring grandparents can be a strong and positive force in a child’s life. Many a times, there is a lot more wisdom, happiness, strength, time and motivation you can give your grandchildren, a lot more than their parents. However, grandparenting is an art of the mind and the soul. Here, are some ideas about successful grandparenting.
1. Spend quality time
You are at that time of your life when you can afford to spend a lot of quality time in things and activities that can be motivating, inspiring and fun. And there is nothing more exuberant than little children. If you have grandchildren, spend quality time with them to impart positivity, knowledge and happiness in them. You could do gardening, go for walks, tell stories, cook a meal together, shop, play games or even engage in sleep-over. Your grandchildren will love them and so will you.
2. Talk about the family
It is you who can fill in your grandchildren of your parents or their parents and the overall family. Going through old family photographs and videos can be an exhilarating experience not just for them but also for you. You can thus relive your memories and pass on some family values to the latest in your family tree.
3. Listen to them
The most important thing every child wants is an audience to his or her stories, games, pranks and talks. And when you listen to them, it boosts their confidence, makes them feel important and teaches them the need to actively listen to another.
4. Avoid bias
All your grandchildren are the same. There should be no favorites or ones you can do without. A child’s mind is like a sponge. It attracts everything he or she experiences and bias is not a little mind wants to go through. Do not ever show any kind of bias towards one or more specific children and make the rest feel unwanted.