Grandparents Day is just around the corner. Teach your children a little about the history of Grandparents Day and help them find a fun way to celebrate with their own grandparents.
Grandparents Day was established as a national holiday in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. It is celebrated in the United States annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The idea for having a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia. McQuade’s main goal was to champion the cause of the elderly in nursing homes and to persuade young people to learn about their grandparents’ heritage.
Encourage your children to connect with their grandparents, and celebrate Grandparents Day in one of these fun ways:
- Spend the day together. If you live close by, let your children spend the day (or a few hours) with their grandparents. Most grandparents love nothing more than spending quality time with their families.
- Make a phone call. Let your children call their grandparents. Encourage them to talk and tell their grandparents how much they love them.
- Send a cute card. Get out the paper, glue, stickers, glitter or whatever medium your children like best and let them get creative. If you are short on time, A Kids Heart has free online greeting cards you can send to grandparents. The site also has free Grandparents Day cards/coloring pages you can print, color and mail or give to your children’s grandparent.
- Construct a family tree. If you have an older child, have them talk with their grandparent (either in person or over the phone) and put together a family tree. This is a fun way for your child to learn more about their heritage.
- Write down a favorite memory your children have of their grandparent. It can be anything that your children think of (with younger children you will have to help them come up with an idea), such as an acitivity they did together, something they talked about, a favorite story, etc. Let your children decorate the page around the words and paste it into an album. Every year on Grandparents Day write down another favorite memory, and over time you will have a very special keepsake.
- Check out events in your area that celebrate Grandparents Day. In Olympia, the Hands On Children’s Museum has Grandparents Day Free Activities on Monday, September 13th
Don’t forget to call your own grandparents!
Sources: Wikipedia, National Grandparents Day
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