Parenting and grandparenting are two different things.
As a parent, it’s your job to raise children who become good-hearted adults who contribute to society.
When you’re a grandparent, your role is more about nurturing and a lot less about discipline. You get the affection and the entertainment all while you spoil your little grandchildren that you love so much.
Unfortunately, keeping the children entertained these days can be a chore in itself. If the grandkids are coming to stay for the weekend or summer vacation, here are 4 activities they’re guaranteed to love.
Grandma’s take on a scavenger hunt.
Kids rely too much on electronics to stay entertained.
There’s nothing wrong with some screen time throughout the day, but it’s always more fun to organize an activity that really encourages the kids to be active.
One idea would be to arrange your own take on a scavenger hunt.
You can do it around the block or you could give some riddle-type of clues and have them find items around the house.
Make sure to have them searching for things that they know you love and you can add your own special touch to the average scavenger hunt.
You can even offer a prize to the winner and sneak a prize to the other kids too.
Host your own baking party.
Everyone talks about grandma’s cookies being the best they’ve ever had.
You can always bake a batch before the children come, but what would be even more fun is to host a baking party and teach the kids how to bake. They’ll be learning a wonderful life lesson that they can pass down and they’ll have fun in the process.
Run the cooking party yourself using professional holiday cookie recipes or go above and beyond by hiring a special cooking instructor.
Do a science project.
Kids nowadays would choose to sit and watch other kids doing science projects over actually making the effort to do the project themselves.
As a grandparent, you have that uncanny ability to show kids how science can be fun.
From making a volcano to mixing ingredients to make your own glow stick, concocting things can be a major bored-buster.
You can look for instructions for easy or more involved projects online.
Make a family tree.
Kids are often bored by history, but if the history involves their family and art, they’re bound to listen.
One very cool way to tell the kids about their ancestors is to start creating a family tree complete with branches.
Start with a specific relative, start telling stories about how spouses met and where they lived, and the kids will be amazed at how interesting their family really is.
You’ve raised your children and now you get to be a grandparent. The great thing about this job is that you can be a parent, a teacher, and a best friend all in one.
Time goes by too fast. Make the time that you spend together valuable and consider doing these activities.
Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. For sugar cookies, Emma recommends this recipe from Tori Avey. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2