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Sure you love your parents! But are you forgetting something here?
If you truly love your parents, do not forget to do this: find myriad ways to teaching your children to please their grandparents. Allow your heart and natural instincts to operate. You and your children will soon realize that your children’s grandparents are the easiest of the human species to win over.
Although most children are naturally drawn to their grandparents, at times they may find it hard to please them.Relationship with grandparents can thrive when an attempt is made to view things from their perspective.
Harboring a sense of empathy, keeping an open mind and a loving attitude can be the most vital tools in pleasing grandparents. Remember they may not always need sympathy but they sure need kindness. It is your children’s presence and not material presents that can please their grandparents.
Here are three broad-based tips to please grandparents:
1 -Give them attention
Like all humans, grandparents too clamor for attention. They would be most pleased when given full attention during the conversation. It makes them feel good when they see that their opinions matter.They are delighted when they see their grandchildren behaving courteously and talking politely.
Grandparents get especially pleased when inquiries are made pertaining to their health, their interests and their hobbies. Sincerity in all communications can be the hallmark of pleasing one’s grandparents. Your grandparents would be quick to notice if your remarks are insincere
All grandparents look forward to spending time with their grandchildren - - -no matter what age they may be. If your children are blessed with the opportunity of staying close to their grandparents, make it a point to arrange for weekly visits; most grandparents would love nothing better than to spending quality time with their grandchildren.
For those whose grandparents are staying a long distance away, make it a point to visit them on occasions important to them. Frequent telephone calls and thoughtful notes expressing love and concern can indeed light up their lives.
3-Keep grandparents involved
Involvement is what keeps grandparents connected with the family. Grandparents want nothing better than to see their grandchildren happy and well-accomplished. It would sure please them if their grandchildren keep them involved and take time to share stories and anecdotes about their school, college or work life. If they are mobile and active, it would please them to attend their grandchildren’s school/ college events- - -especially graduations.
Encourage your children to invite their grandparents while playing at any of the team sports; it would make them feel special that they asked. Encourage your children to demonstrate thoughtfulness in countless other ways. For example,it would be a good idea if they take along their grandmas’ favorite candy or a bottle of wine for their grandpa when spending a day with them.
It has been universally recognized that grandparents have a special affinity with their grandchildren. It is up to parents to strengthen this bond. Be creative and go with your instinct. Devise and teach your children new creative ways to please their grandparents.
Encourage them to enjoy this special brand of kinship for who knows how much longer can they spend those precious moments of togetherness? It might happen that there may come a time in their lives when they would feel an urge to revive these treasured memories- - -who knows?