Grandparents are one of the most important figures in the lives of our children. Not only do they help fill up the gap when you are busy with work, but they can also be your children’s biggest cheerleaders. Many countries celebrate this special day, however in the United States, Grandparents’ Day is on the first Sunday in September after Labor Day.
This year in particular is especially special after the isolation of lockdown during 2020. Depending on your state, there may be varying degrees of safe distancing measures and mandates still put in place. However, this does not mean that you cannot fully honor and spend time with you and your children’s grandparents! Read on to find out some fun ideas for celebrating Grandparents’ Day in 2021.
Making a Handmade Gift
One of the best ways to create a thoughtful gift is to make it from scratch. Whether it is a special rendition of a song, a handwritten poem, a simple card, or even homemade baked goods, this is one of the best ways to ensure that your feelings and love shine through the gift.
Find some time to sit down with your children after work or during the weekends to think about what their grandparents might enjoy. This will prompt them to consider others’ feelings as well as become a perfect bonding activity for you and your child as well. Make sure to not pressurize your child into making something perfect, after all, it is definitely the thought that counts!
Make a Virtual Visit to Their Homeland
Depending on where in the world you are, this can either be a physical or virtual excursion for your child to learn more about their grandparents as a person. This could be an interesting cultural learning experience for both you and your child if their grandparent had grown up in a different part of the world! You can explore the different heritage sights on google maps, and even pull up websites on the different festivals, cultural practices, and history. Take this experience one step further by learning how to cook their grandparents’ favorite dish from their homeland or order take out from a restaurant specializing in that country’s cuisine!
Finish a Grandparents-Themed Movie or Book Together
Grandparents’ day is not just about celebrating one particular person, but all grandparents in the world! Choosing to watch a grandparents-themed book or movie is an alternative that can include both sets of grandparents for a unique family bonding experience. Not only will the joining of two families make this experience especially meaningful, it also readily adaptable for online meetings. Pull up a movie on any of the popular streaming sites and discuss your favorite parts at the end of the movie!
At the end of the day, nothing can beat physically spending the day with your grandparents. Whether they are living alone, with other family members or in a senior living community, Grandparents’ Day is worth taking that extra step to making your child’s grandparents feel special. If you have a relative in Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg, contact us today for more information on our calendar of events or visiting hours.