As there were procedures you had to follow during your years as a parent, there are certain steps you must take now that you are a grandparent. If you do this, you will do what is best for your grandkids and feel good about yourself. You will learn simple guidelines to follow in order to be a fabulous grandparent.
It is essential to express your love to your grandkids. One way you can do it is to directly tell them that they are loved. Another is to hug and kiss them while giving them warm smiles. By expressing her love to me this way, my grandmother made me happy and strengthened the relationship she has with me.
You need to spend a sufficient amount of time with them. As a kid, I would visit Granny or she would visit us for about a week or two at least once a year. During this time together, we did recreational activities we enjoyed, visited special places and played board games or card games.
You should give them money and gifts. You can either buy gifts for them or make them yourself. In order to avoid spoiling them, you should only give them a small amount of money and you should try to only give them gifts on their birthdays and at Christmas time. This is what Granny always did for me.
It is helpful to discuss your offspring’s upbringing. By discussing some of the things my dad did, Granny had good material to tell good stories with. Plus, she made it easier for me to understand why my dad treated me a certain way sometimes.
Be a teacher to your grand kids. If you can, help them with their homework. It is necessary to teach them right from wrong in addition to teaching them how to do certain tasks and play sports. You also need to pass on to them tips they can use to protect their safety, such as refusing rides from strangers and looking both ways before crossing the street. Granny taught me to cover a public restroom toilet seat with toilet tissue before sitting on it and to not leave my food or drinks unattended when I am away from home.
The way you talk to them at any given time should depend on the situation. If they are behaving, praise them. If they are being naughty, scold them. If they need to make improvement at something they are doing, give them constructive criticism. You also need to be fair. Once you tell them no, stick to your decision.
Help them make friends. A good way to do this is to train them to avoid being shy and to be nice to all other kids. Granny let me play with other kids who lived in the neighborhood when I visited her.
Instill compassion into them. Teach them to talk to and become friends with kids who have nobody to play with. You should also encourage them to donate some of their time and money to charity and to help those who are less fortunate than them.
Finally, you should keep in mind the mistakes you made raising your offspring. This will help you avoid mistreating your grand kids.
You have learned simple guidelines for grand parenting. Follow them to be an awesome grandparent.