Ancestry websites can help us learn about our family tree, but your kid doesn’t need these cyber sources to tell her about the past. She has her own: grandparents!
As an added bonus, children who spend quality time with their grandparents have more favorable feelings toward all elderly people, finds a study in Child Development. And while Grandparents Day is every year in September, the holidays are a perfect opportunity for bonding, so try these ideas this year.
For instance, did your child’s grandparent have any holiday traditions while growing up? How did his family spend time together? (Bonus points if you recreate an old tradition or start a new one!)
Use little moments while eating a meal or doing chores as opportunities for grandparents to tell about their past experiences, like what they ate for lunch as a kid or what kind of chores they used to do.
Have your child create a list of introductory questions (such as favorite color, food, movie), and then let her borrow your phone so she can film her grandparent answering each of the questions.
Perhaps it’s a hobby like woodworking or knitting, a life skill like learning to ride a bike or cooking a family recipe, or something technological like working those face filters on Instagram. This is a great way to create memories that they’ll both think of every time they practice that new skill. (Plus, just think of the cute Insta videos you’ll get out of it!)