I love the design of the title on the cover where the ‘O’ in the word loving is a red heart. Clever design!
This book is brimming with sage advice and a plethora of activities that you can do with your grandchildren to strengthen your relationship – and that’s what my site here is all about!
These activities will be a breeze to do because they are not expensive nor do they require much effort to prepare for.
At the beginning of the book, they quote If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again by Diane Loormans. Here are two lines that spoke to my heart. Read them slowly and ponder them.
(If I had my child to raise over again…)
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
I think this poetically explains what grandparents can easily do since they don’t have the direct responsibility for their grandchildren (assuming that they aren’t the legal guardian). Connect more. Hug more. Sound words of advice.
Since my little ‘grandloves’ are so tiny right now, I can’t do very many of the suggested activities. However, here are two of their ideas that I can start this very minute:
- A grandchild’s journal. Keep a journal of your feelings about your grandchild. Write your feelings about when the grandchild’s parents told you they were expecting. About your feelings of your grandchild’s birth. About your visits and activities. Then, on occasion, pull out the journal and share it with your grandchild. It will be a valuable keepsake when you finally decide to give it to your grandchild to keep.
Like, duh, why didn’t I think of this idea since it was one I had done with my children? As our children were growing up, I kept a journal in a simple spiral notebook of the things they did or the funny things they said. Occasionally while our youngest son was in grade school, he liked me to read his journal to him for his bedtime story. Now, I’m going to keep one for each of my grandchildren so that I can read it to them when they visit.
- Hand tracing. Trace a grandchild’s hand on a piece of paper. Place your hand over the tracing of your grandchild’s hand and trace around your hand. (Boy howdy, that’s a lot of hands here. Got ‘em all straight? Good. Give yourself a hand.) You will end up with a tracing of a small hand (your grandchild’s) within a larger hand (your hand). It will be fun to compare sizes of the hands. Do this activity as your grandchild grows up (maybe around their birthday time). Keep these drawings alongside the journal so you can pull them both out and share with your grandchild.
When my grandchildren get a wee bit older, I plan on using these two ideas that I got from the book.
- Questions on the stair. Have the grandchildren sit on the bottom stair. Ask fun questions. For each correct answer, grandchildren move up a step. The first one to reach the top stair is the winner.
- Chase-less Catch. Sew a six-foot long string through a sponge rubber ball (like a Nerf ball). Thumbtack the end of the string to the top of a door frame. (You will have a ball hanging on the end of a string.) Put your grandchild on one side of the ball and you on the other and toss the ball back and forth. If you miss, no problem. You don’t have to run and catch it. (This is good. Grandmas tire out quickly if they have to chase a ball very much . . .) This is a good activity for grandchildren 18 months to three years old.
Here are other ideas that I really liked: springtime nested treats on page 176, hug tag on page 179, flashlight faces p. 199, and straw symphony p. 216. (I have tons of stars, exclamation points, and underlined sentences throughout this book to help me quickly locate my favorite ideas.)