Top 5 Ways You Can Help Your Children Bond With Their Grandparents
Have you noticed that as kids grow older they start drifting apart from their grandparents? Can you imagine what they must be thinking of their grandparents then? If your child’s grandparents live far away from your house and you are worried about your toddlers forming a relationship with them, adopt these 5 ways to help bring your child closer to his/her grandparents.
1. Keep photographs of grandparents around the house
“What’s in a photo, you thought, eh?,” Well friends, children’s minds are extremely impressionable and visual mechanisms like pictures can work wonders to bring your child closer to his/her grandparents. Every picture has a story to tell, doesn’t it? When your child sees various pictures of his/her grandparents, he/she will think of them as a part of the family. You can also tell your child anecdotes related to that picture. This will naturally help bring your child closer to his/her grandparents.
2. Schedule frequent trips to each other’s place
Did this sound like a ‘duh’ tip to you? As common as it sounds, it’s surprising how most people don’t implement it. If your child frequently visits his/her grandma and grandpa’s home and vice versa, they’ll both feel the warmth of the relationship. Believe it or not, they will also keep in touch with their grandparents even when you as a parent are not around. Isn’t this a great way to help your child bond with his/her grandparents?
3. Exchange gifts and letters
If you are looking for ways to help bring your child closer to his/her grandparents, you could actually set something up! Talk to your parents or your husband’s parents in confidentiality and make sure they send across a small gift to your child every month. In reciprocation, teach your child to return gratitude with a thank you email or a phone call. In cases where you’re not able to frequently visit each other’s home, this is a great way to help bring your child closer to his/her grandparents.