6. Travel with Them
Be open to new experiences like traveling with your grandkids. Bring them to your favorite place like your childhood play area, or to some sentimental spot like the church where you got married or where you had your honeymoon. Let them bring you to their favorite sites, too and enjoy the journey and destination with them.
Try the local cuisine and immerse yourselves in local cultures. It doesn’t need to be abroad, especially if you don’t have the energy for long travels. A trip to a nearby suburb or to a coastal city to your liking can be a good way to create memories and share new experiences with them.
Enjoy the scenery, stroll along beaches, have a scenic drive or a train ride - there is lots of fun stuff to do that transcends generations.
7. Shop with Them
Shopping is one of the best ways to bond with the younger generation. They are so aware of the latest trends that shopping will likely excite them. If your grandchild is fond of fashion, makeup, sports gadgets, or food, bringing them to the mall or supermarket can be a fun experience for them.
You can also be extra generous and ask them to pick something they like and buy it for them as a gift. No occasion needed. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and this will teach them to be generous and thoughtful to others too.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, and you may even create your own personalized gift for them. What matters is that you make them feel valued and thought of. It’s not about bribing them to win their favor but making the effort to make them feel special to you even on ordinary days.
8. Old-school Warmth is Cool
Engaging this generation beyond the occasional holiday visits and sparse conversations may not be easy but it’s attainable. There may be differences in your ways but nothing that old-school, loving warmth cannot bridge. All you need is a heart that embraces your grandchildren and makes them feel loved and accepted. This doesn’t mean letting them have their way all the time!
It’s about finding a sweet middle spot that brings your polar worlds closer together, without losing your respective generational character and flair.
For more ways to engage Grandparents and Grandchildren, we introduce you to our GENERATIONS pack. Learn and share something new with these fun filled Talking Point Cards!