Lanette, from Salt Lake City, Utah, shared some of her ideas of what she does to develop a strong relationship with her grandchildren. She writes:
“I want to be known as the “Book Grandma”. Reading has always been important in my life and I have a love of reading. I wanted my grandchildren to love to read, too, so I started a book giving tradition at Christmas time.
“I enjoy looking for books that fit their interests. Or, sometimes I search for books that will help them develop a new interest or that will broaden their exposure to new things. One year I found some fun bug books that came with small plastic bugs. They were just perfect for my 4 year old grandsons. I also found a cook book for my 6 year old granddaughter and we have had a lot of fun trying the recipes in that book. I also made her an apron to wear when she cooks.
“It seems that my grandchildren get so many toys that it is hard to give them something that they don’t already have. That is why I started my book giving tradition for Christmas.”
She continues with another suggestion:
“Since some of my grandchildren live across the country, I have had to come up with things to keep us connected to each other. I e-mail my older grandchildren so that I am able to find out what is going on in their lives. Sometimes I put a joke in my e-mails and then scroll down and add the answer. Sometimes they e-mail me jokes, too.”
Thanks, Lanette, for sharing your ideas! I love the idea of putting jokes in an e-mail and making your grandchildren scroll down the message to find the answer. What a great idea — and one that is easy to do.
If you’re not sure what might be a good book to give for Christmas (or any other time), almost ANY Newbery Medal winner would be a good choice. You can click here to see a list of their books.