Today is one of those days where I wish I could just grab a drink, head outside, and read all day. But I have a really late shift at work tonight, so I need to spend most of my day sleeping. Many of you are probably celebrating grandparents day today, and I am glad that you are able to.
Right now, life is still getting back to normal from sending my oldest back to college. I did get to drive up during the week to take him some much needed items and spend some time with him. I forget how hard it is when he is away at school until we see him the next time.
Fall is also trying to make an appearance, which is okay with me. As long as it doesn’t get too cold. Scratch that. I don’t mind the cold as long as there is no snow. Snow is not my favorite. At all. Ever. I much prefer the sand and beach and anything dealing with island life.
Celebrating Grandparents Day
Since my kids are older, things have changed with how they are celebrating grandparents day. Truth be told, it isn’t a holiday that we have singled out. And this year is different as well.
I know many can relate that sometimes family relationships aren’t always warm & fuzzy. Adults can clash on many topics, including how to raise their family or what they think should be done. At the time, it seems like it is the most important thing in the world to be right.
But things change, and those things that caused rifts just don’t seem to matter. And just when you are ready to put those things aside, life slaps you upside the head again, and takes away that chance for reconciliation and closure.
So what can you do? Here are some simple tips for celebrating grandparents day.
Simple Ideas For Celebrating Grandparents Day When They Live Far Away
- Send cards, especially if your family lives far away.
- Have younger kids draw and color pictures to send.
- If your grandparents are up-to-date with technology, schedule a Skype video phone call. We do this when our son is at college.
What If Your Grandparents Live Close?
This is definitely an easier situation for families celebrating grandparents day. Simple ideas include: a surprise visit, lunch out with the entire family, or a family outing at local tourist attractions. Whatever you decide, you can get the entire family involved.
What Happens If The Grandparents Are Deceased?
This is a difficult paragraph for me to write. Earlier in 2019, my Mother passed away suddenly from heart problems. Remember earlier when I mentioned situations where there are issues? This was one of them. So it is painful to write about it. My advice? Don’t let things get to the point where there is no return from it. It will haunt you for a long time.
So what can you do when a grandparent is deceased? It really depends on the age of the child. Most younger ones may not remember the grandparent that has passed. Talking about fun memories or silly things they have said or done is a great way to remember.
For the older kids, it may be helpful to:
- Visit the gravesite and leave flowers.
- Make a donation to the grandparent’s favorite cause.
- Spend time volunteering in the community with other grandparents that can’t be with their family.
- Write a letter and save it for the future.
However you chose to do it, celebrating grandparents day as a family can be the best way to remember those that were lost.
Ways Other People Are Celebrating Grandparents Day
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So there are just some ideas for celebrating grandparents day. Check out these fun books about grandparents day.