3. Share Your Stories of Struggles and Triumphs
You may not belong to the postwar era of fighters and survivors, but you sure have your own share of struggles and victories in the past.
You can share your inspiring stories with your grandchildren to help them get a glimpse of how the world was during your time. This can give them a better and broader perspective about life and help them appreciate the perks and comforts they now have access to.
You can share with them practical lessons you learned about love, money, career, and more. They will appreciate how open you are about your past and hopefully they learn from your misadventures and be inspired by your successes.
Don’t forget to show them some old photos to back your story for greater impact!
4. Give Them Advice without Judging Them
Sometimes, children do not feel comfortable sharing their struggles and troubles with their parents, so they run to their grandparents for help.
Instead of ‘parenting’ them, you can use this opportunity to be someone they can trust and count on, not to tolerate their wrongdoings but to guide them to the right way. Listen to them and cultivate a healthy communication line with them so they will feel comfortable opening up to you about what’s bothering them.
5. Embrace Their Uniqueness
You may not be a fan of their taste in music, food, or recreational activities but there are ways for you to connect with their world.
Even if you feel too old to play video games or watch their favorite band with them, you can surprise them with a concert ticket or a new gadget. Or you can watch their games or performances and support their talent and passion.
As you make an effort to acknowledge their individuality, you may also share with them your interests like crocheting, woodwork, or gardening. You might be surprised to know that your grandchild may develop a liking for it too. It can be a good bonding activity you can share on a weekend.