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Honoring Grandparents on Their Day – 10 Tips for Making It Special

Honoring Grandparents on Their Day – 10 Tips for Making It Special

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Grandparents have been honored with their own day in the US on the first Sunday after Labor Day since 1978.

Grandparents are celebrated with their own days, with varying dates, in nations across the globe. In some countries grandmothers and grandfathers have separate days.

Grandparents Day in the US has its own flower designated by the National Grandparents Day Council – the Forget-Me-Not.

In 2004 the Council named “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” the official song of National Grandparents Day.

Grandparents Who Care for Their Grandchildren

Some interesting statistics we found from the US Census Bureau.

  • 2.7 million grandparents were responsible for the basic needs of their grandchildren under the age of 18 in 2011.
  • $45,526 is the median income of families in which grandparents provided the care for grandchildren under the age of 18 in 2011. If a parent was not part of the household, the median income of the household was $33,627.
  • 1.7 million grandparents responsible for their own grandchildren under age 18 are in the labor force. Among them, 338,000 were 60 years or older.
  • 657,000 grandparents with a disability were responsible for their grandchildren.
  • 5.5 million children under 18 lived in a grandparent household in 2011. Nearly half of the grandchildren, 48 percent or 2.6 million, were under age 6.

Fun facts about grandparents in the US:

Their average age is 48 & more than half are Baby Boomers.

Tips for Making Grandparents Day Special!

  1. Have the grandchildren make a special card to tell them how much they are loved.
  2. Visit the grandparents and bring them a special treat. The visit doesn’t have to be on Grandparents Day but can still mark the occasion by announcing or planning it with the grandparents on the day.
  3. Take a nature walk with the family and record the memories with pictures and video that can be revisited over time!
  4. Gather items on your nature walk and use it to make a shared craft project, such as a picture frame or scrapbook, to hold the gathered items along with photos from the walk!
  5. Read a good book together! Act out the story and make funny faces and voices to keep everyone laughing!
  6. Reminisce over the family photo album or play old family videos or films. Pop some popcorn and share the memories!
  7. Play a game like crazy 8’s, go fish, old maid, checkers, tag or your family’s favorites. See who can be the winner in the family challenge.
  8. Take a tour of your hometown or some other place holding memories and talk about the buildings and events that are special to you and your family.
  9. Make a recording – either audio or video – of your family, include stories of the generations, family jokes, and fun facts of the life well lived for all to remember in the future! What a great legacy to share!
  10. If you can’t be together, use technology to “visit” grandparents. A Skype Facetime, call, text message, shared pictures or video online can help to bring the family together! Set this up to stay connected all throughout the year too!

Let us know what other activities you and your grandparents like to share and enjoy your time together!

 “The history of our grandparents is remembered not with rose petals but in the laughter

and tears of their children and their children’s children.

It is into us that the lives of grandparents have gone.

It is in us that their history becomes a future.”

~ Charles and Ann Morse

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