Grandparents Play a Role in Back to School Activities

By August 15, 2014Aging in Place

Despite the fact that most seniors’ days of sitting in a classroom are a distant memory, older adults can still get the “back to school” butterflies. For those who are lucky enough to have grandchildren, preparing for a new school year is still a time of hustle and bustle. Most children love having an opportunity to share the excitement of school days and grandparents can take advantage of this time.
Let’s take a look at some activities that give grandparents an opportunity to bond with their beloved grandchildren when the school year begins.

Relax and Take it Easy
Sounds a little too simple, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, spending leisure time with grandchildren is one of the best ways to interact and bond without constraints. While parents are constantly pushing kids to keep a schedule and run a household, grandparents get to enjoy a different kind of relationship with these kids. No need to rush; operating at a slower pace can give children the chance to feel, reflect and express their feelings.

Take it Outside
For seniors and their grandchildren, spending time outdoors is the perfect way to get back to basics. Nature has a way of calming humans. In fact, the great outdoors has even been shown to elicit mental and physical healing properties. While taking a leisurely stroll through the woods or a local park, Grandparents have an opportunity to engage children and participate in some pretty interesting conversations.

Seniors might want to think about starting a yearly “back to school” family tradition in the outdoors. It’s possible to start out taking short nature walks during a child’s toddler years, making them longer with age.

Share Your Passions
Taking an active role in the hobbies and activities that grandchildren enjoy provides a golden opportunity for quality time. It’s also a great way to learn where a child’s passions lie. Who knows, the two might share a number of passions. Some great examples of these activities are gardening, dog walking or knitting.

When grandparents and their grandchildren share similar passions, tackling them as a duo encourages an open line of communication. Children will be more apt to open up and talk to their grandparent about the ups and downs of school.

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