The relationship between grandmothers and granddaughters can be a special one. No matter what the age of the child, there are many enriching activities grandmothers and granddaughters can share, from quilting to story telling. In addition, the activities can give granddaughters an appreciation for the wisdom of older adults and a greater connection with extended family.
Babies and Toddlers
Grandma could be your little daughter’s favorite babysitter, even if Grandma only sits periodically because she doesn’t live nearby. Grandma can read stories, sing lullabies and express unconditional love for her granddaughter. The two can play with your child’s toys, talk and giggle together or go out for a walk together in the neighborhood or park. Family members can appreciate a grandmother-granddaughter picture to add to the family photo album.
Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
The verbose preschool or kindergarten granddaughter can make it difficult for Grandma to talk much at all. Grandma can listen while your young daughter tells stories or describes her day at school. Grandma could tell some stories of her own, including what you were like as a child or what life was like when she was a child. Grandma can help her practice writing, drawing pictures or playing games. Grandma could take her granddaughter out to have a real tea party in the park or at a restaurant.
Elementary-aged kids have longer attention spans and better social manners than younger children, so it could be time to consider different kinds of excursions for grandmother and granddaughter, such as a trip to the children’s museum or theater, a visit in the botanical gardens or the aquarium. Your daughter could also be ready to learn skills from Grandma, such as how to cook favorite family dishes or how to crochet, quilt or embroider. Grandma and granddaughter might take classes together, such as painting, dancing or gardening.
Your tween daughter could teach Grandma how to make better use of her computer or navigate the world of social media. They could compile a family genealogy together using Internet tools, putting the information together to share with the entire family. Grandma could take a more tolerant view of adolescent moves toward independence by regaling your teen with stories about you at the same age or things she did as a young adolescent.
Your teenage is on the fast track toward independence and Grandma can help in positive ways. They can assemble a hope chest, perhaps with linens and household items Grandma no longer needs due to downsizing. Grandma could help your teen fill out college applications and assist your teen through a SAT or ACT workbook to get the best scores and attract the most favorable college offers. If she has sewing skills, she could help your teen make her prom dress or build an inexpensive college wardrobe.
- Grandparenting Today; Reader’s Digest
- Fun with Mommy and Me; Dr. Cindy Bunin Nurik
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