There is nothing quite like the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.
It’s easy to find the magic in every moment they spend together, whether it’s a trip to the zoo, reading a favorite book or playing a game together.
As they grow older, it may become increasingly difficult to find ways to connect with grandchildren, especially in our digital age where electronic devices seem to be their constant companions.
Tips to connect with grandchildren
Below are some great tips you can try the next time you are struggling to find common ground with your grandchildren.
Tip #1: Join Them On Social Media
One way you can connect with them is by joining in on the activities they enjoy. Many adolescents spend time on social media and you can follow along in their daily lives through their posts (with their permission of course).
If you’re not already active on social media, consider creating accounts for yourself. It’s a wonderful way to connect with family and friends and who knows, you may enjoy posting your own content!
Tip #2: Spend Quality Time Together
It’s often difficult to find time to connect with your grandchildren one-on-one. Sadly, many families end up only seeing each other on the holidays.
Fostering these connections is crucial, however. Making the time to truly get to know your grandchildren on a deeper level will help build that relationship over time.
Create a list of activities you may enjoy doing together and topics of conversation that will help you connect.
We love witnessing memories being made within our Eskaton communities. Visitors are welcome and can join in on a fun activity or a delicious meal with their loved ones and experience that quality time that is so important.
Tip #3: Teach Them a New Skill
Share your passions and the things you’ve learned with your grandchildren. You may be an expert at something they would really love to learn – be their mentor!
The sky is the limit. Do you enjoy baking? Pass down some of your favorite recipes (don’t forget to share the magic ingredients!). Is there an instrument you know how to play? Ask them if they would like to learn how to create some beautiful music with you.
Tip #4: Encourage Them To Get To Know You
Earlier we mentioned the importance of joining your grandchildren in activities they enjoy. It’s important for them to get to know who you are as well!
What are some life lessons you can pass down to them? Maybe it’s your wonderful sense of humor and the importance of staying positive in every situation. Maybe it’s your love of literature and the arts. Whatever it may be, show your grandchildren your heart and they will appreciate you for it.
If in-person sharing is a challenge, you can write them letters or even create videos of yourself sharing these passions.
Tip #5: Be Exactly Who You Are
Many grandparents don’t feel connected with their grandchildren because they don’t see themselves as the "warm and fuzzy” type, the grandparents you often see in movies who bake their loved ones cookies every time they come over.
That is completely okay. The most important thing to remember is to be yourself.
Maybe you are the type of grandparent that wants to share an incredible dining experience with your grandchildren. Or the one who wants to watch comedy shows and enjoy a night out. Whoever you are, don’t deprive your loved ones from seeing YOU!
Tip #6: Help Them Connect With Their Parents
You have something very special in your possession; knowledge of who your grandchildren’s parents really are.
Grandparents hold a very special role in the family, they are the glue that often connects children with their parents.
Share stories with your grandchildren about what their parents were like growing up. Anecdotes and stories of challenges can help them feel less alone in the world and will help them see their parents as real people instead of simply authority figures.
Don’t be afraid to share the funny stories as well, this is a wonderful way to foster the connection between your grandchildren and their parents.
Tip #7: Let Them Know You’re Always There
One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that you always have someone in your corner no matter what.
Showing your grandchildren that you love them unconditionally and will support them no matter what will make a world of difference in their confidence levels.
Your relationship with your grandchildren is completely unique and unlike any other relationship you’ve had in your life. If you have been lucky enough to experience a close relationship with your own grandparents, you will understand the importance of continuing that legacy. If you haven’t, you can create that tradition now with your own grandchildren!
Life at Eskaton Communities
We believe in the magic and purpose within each of our residents and see each day as an opportunity to enhance their lives. In fact, Eskaton is defined as “the dawning of a new day.” We’ve been proudly serving the Sacramento region and Northern California for over 50 years and look forward to many more.
The Eskaton Difference starts with our life-enriching programs and collaborative partnerships. With a national reputation for innovation, we focus on creating communities that provide our residents with everything they need for purposeful and passionate living.
We invite you to visit one of our award-winning communities to witness the magic yourself and learn about some of the amenities we offer, including:
- Private residences
- Delicious and nutritious meals
- Social opportunities to meet and make new friends
- Creative activities and therapies
- Fitness centers and exercise classes
- Housekeeping services
- Transportation services
- 24-hour staffing
- Free Wi-Fi
- And much, much more!
If you’re considering whether senior living could be the best choice for you or a loved one, we’re here to answer any questions that you may have. We also invite you to download our complimentary information, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living. To schedule a personalized tour, call us at 1-866-ESKATON (1-866-375-2866) or visit eskaton.org.