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Our thanks to Pam Siegel and Leslie Zinberg for this post. Pam and Leslie co-authored Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice: 52 Ways to Mindfully Connect with Your Grandkids that provide 52 ideas and mindfulness-generating activities for both grandparents and parents, along with endearing real-life stories that grandparents can identify with.
Grandparents to the Rescue:
12 Ways Your Children’s Grandparents Can Give You a Needed Break!
The parenting role has become even more demanding right now. It has always been rewarding and challenging, but in this pandemic world, parenting means you also have to be teacher, tutor, cleaning wizard, chef, bottle washer, laundry expert, therapist, and more. Whew! That’s a lot. Is there even time to sit down and take a breath? Hardly!
Need assistance? Use the untapped resources in your family…like grandparents. Need that extra hour to just put your feet up or maybe, take a bath? Call upon the grandparents. They want to help; they can help.
Set up a time once a week or more, and let them help out.
For the younger set of kids:
- Grandparents love to read to the kids. Or, tell stories. Or make up a story: start with a fun sentence like, “Today I am traveling to the moon and I need to bring… Then turn it over to the g-kids and have them chime in. Go back and forth to create an imaginative story.
- Puppets are always a hit. Let Grandma or Grandpa read stories using puppets.
- Play hide and seek. On FaceTime, grandparents hide things, and ask the grandkids to figure out where something is hidden.
- Create a virtual treasure hunt at Grandma and Grandpa’s, where the grandkids search for the jewels and treasures through the house.
- Grandparents can help tutor the kids, and take some of the responsibility off the parents.
For older kids:
- Grandparents can read to them or read with them. Better yet, the g-kids can read to the grandparents. Kids can become a character in the book, and read that part. Books come to life this way for all. Or, make your own little book club, and read the same book. Then, discuss each chapter.
- Houseparty is a fun app where grandparents can play with the grandkids, answering trivia questions, drawing pictures and guessing what the pictures are.
- The older g-kids love to share what they are doing, whether it is school work, a creative project, a dance routine from TikTok, playing an instrument, or shooting baskets.
- All kids love jokes… joke sessions are a kick.
- Lots of 6-10 year-olds are playing Roblox. It’s creative and fun, but can be challenging to set up. Ask your grandkids to help, and they will think you’re very cool!
- Play physical games on Zoom or over the phone. This is particularly good for grandparents that aren’t as comfortable using tech/screens.(Each grandparent and grandchild will need their own game; make sure both are using the same version.) Guess Who and Battleship are fun board games.
- Play Jackbox Games on JackboxTV (Host shares screen on Zoom; participants use their phone.) Probably better for middle/high school grandkids.
- Play Let’s Play Bingo on Zoom (Good for all ages, and easy for big groups.)
- Play Sketchparty (Pictionary) on Apple TV (Good for families to do in teams.)
The bottom line is grandparents can spend an hour or half hour a couple of times a week and give you, the parents, a break. Let them help you and come to your rescue. It’s a win-win for all.