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National Grandparents Day is a United States holiday proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter to be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day beginning in 1978.

Grandparents Day is beginning to grow into an International holiday. Celebrate grandparents!

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forget me not flowers for grandparents dayOrigin of National Grandparents Day

The idea for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia.

Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide.

Flower Symbol The official flower representing National Grandparents Day is the lovely blue forget-me-not.

(Click here to visit the National Grandparents Council & National Grandparents Day web site).

Grandparents Day kicks off the first day of National Assisted Living Week every year. It's a perfect occasion to visit our elderly neighbors and family members who reside in nursing homes or assisted living facilities with flowers and crafty gifts to show we care.

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Grandparents and grandkids humor posterEnjoy these classic quotes about grandparents, and on becoming a grandparent.

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window. Ogden Nash

Grandparents are old on the outside but young on the inside. Author Unknown

The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy. Sam Levenson (printable poster, sample shown right)

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. Author Unknown

The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap. Author Unknown

What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. Gene Perret

Grandmothers are just antique little girls. Author Unknown

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. Welsh Proverb

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Becoming a grandparent is a life-altering event. Your heart grows softer, your ties grow stronger and you see your child raising a child of his or her own. Memories of when your child was young flood back. But you don't have to be the rule-maker or parent this time - you get to do all the fun stuff and spoil the kiddos.

Best of all, a little child sees grandmother or grandfather as all-powerful and without faults (at least for a few years).

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Pastiche Family Portal HomeNational Assisted Living Week

National Assisted Living Weekģ (NALW) is celebrated every year beginning on Grandparentís Day.

ALW week highlights the crucial role assisted living residences play in helping our nationís seniors and people with disabilities enjoy a meaningful quality of life. Caregivers deliver loving care and services to about 1 million residents who live in an estimated 36,000-licensed assisted living and residential care facilities nationwide.

On any given day, residents participate in recreational and therapeutic activities, and visit with family, friends, and fellow residents. Caregiving professionals provide assistance with basic human needs such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, or taking medicine. People who work in assisted living residences see their care giving duties as a calling and are trained to maintain a residentís right to make his or her own choices about their daily life and routines.

The nationís professional assisted living communityóthe American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)ówill continue its collaboration in celebrating the week in unison for the third consecutive year. CNL Retirement Corp., a real estate investment trust located in Orlando, Fla., continues its support of NALW through a corporate sponsorship. CNL is one of the nationís leading investors in the seniors housing market, specializing in the acquisition of premium independent and assisted living communities.


NALW was created in 1995 by NCAL and is a registered trademark. For more information about previous NALW celebrations, please visit www.nalw.org.

The American Health Care Association and The National Center For Assisted Living represent nearly 12,000 non-profit and for-profit nursing facilities, assisted living residences, subacute centers and homes for persons with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. Members of AHCA and NCAL are long term care providers who believe that the individuals they serve are entitled to a supportive environment in which professional and compassionate care is delivered in a safe and secure setting.


Pastiche Family Portal HomeBecoming a Grandparent

Long Distance Grandparenting

Becoming a first-time grandparent is exciting - an event many people look forward to with great anticipation in later life. The first snapshot that reaches your anxious hands, the first time holding your grandchild’s tiny, sweet-smelling body in your arms.

The first time hearing the long awaited words “grandma,” or “grandpa” from cherub lips all will make your heart melt with pride, joy, and love.

baby pictureOn Becoming a Grandparent

©2006 Lori S. Anton, editor Savvy-Baby-Gear.com

Whether you live a great distance away, a few towns over, or just around the block, you can have a very positive impact on your grandchild’s life, become an important role model, and be of great help to your daughter or son – new in their role as a parent.

First Things First…the New Parents

To ensure that things get off to a good start it is important to consider the following: How much help and advice is too much? After all, you don’t want to overwhelm new parents, not yet comfortable or confident in their new role as parents. Or make it appear as though you question their competence.

To avoid possible offense, it might be best to offer advice sparingly, except when specifically asked. Once the new parents understand that your motive is genuine, and not because you think they are not doing a good enough job, they will relax and better appreciate your unique role as grandparent.

It is also a good idea not to criticize the efforts of your child in their role as parent – or the efforts of their spouse. Unless the child’s safety, health, or emotional well-being is at risk, at which time helpful suggestions instead of pointed criticism will produce better results. Remember, your goal is to help create a happy and loving environment for your grandchild, not one marred by hurt or resentment.

That aside, let’s looks at the many positive ways you can add to the quality of your life and that of your grandchild, at the same time benefiting the lives of others involved.

Building a Special Bond with Your Grandchild

As a grandparent, you have the golden opportunity to play a very important and positive role in their life – now, and in years to come.

If you live nearby, one way to spend quality time with your grandchild is to baby sit, as time and health permit. This not only provides you precious moments alone with your grandchild, but new parents benefit from time off by themselves. It is healthy for parents to take a “breather” every now and then, and what better person to care for the baby than you, the grandparent?

Babies love to be rocked. They also enjoy pleasing sounds; singing softly is soothing to a baby, and creates a sense of contentment. The more you talk and sing to your grandchild, the quicker they will learn the sound of your voice, the sooner they respond with gurgles and giggles every time you enter the room.

toddler pictureThe Joys of Reading

Toddlers and young children love to be read to. Snuggling down in a chair with your grandchild, reading, laughing, and giggling together builds a closer bond between you and your grandchild. It also helps the child develop listening, reasoning, and language skills.

Select interesting, age-appropriate stories, ones with plenty of bright, colorful pictures. Choose stories that stress good moral values, and teach life-lessons. After reading the story, ask your grandchild questions about the story; discuss what happened, what the character did or did not do, and why.

Educators frequently emphasize the importance of the first three years of a child’s life. The size of their brain grows 90%, new skills are learned, and their unique personality blossoms. Engaging a young child in conversation encourages them to share their thoughts and feelings. Reading to them piques interest in literary works early in life. Both facilitate good communication and socialization skills.

Long-Distance Grand Parenting

Even if you live a great distance away you can still have a big impact on your grandchild’s life. Precious moments visiting back and forth will feel all too short; but such visits will be precious and time spent together remembered with fondness.

When grandchildren do visit, lots of hugs and planning a special activity together is important. A trip to the park or playground, playing a game, sharing a banana split at an ice cream shop all offer the opportunity to talk and share; filling in the missing months or years between visits.

Distant grandparents can also take advantage of modern technology; the Internet, fax machines, and telephones. Cell phones – especially those that allow the exchange of pictures – are great and help bridge the miles.

E-mailing pictures and messages over the Internet is an inexpensive, convenient, and fun way to maintain daily contact. Computer programs that allow voice messages and digital cameras for on-the-spot photo sharing enhance exchanges and are the next best thing to actually being there.

At Savvy-Baby-Gear.com, we know that grandparents have the potential to impact their grandchildren’s lives in very tangible ways. They also have a marvelous opportunity to teach grandchildren about family history; linking the past with the present, giving that child a deep sense of belonging.

©2006 Lori S. Anton, editor Savvy-Baby-Gear.com

Lori S. Anton has been a published writer for nearly 30 years. She is founder and editor of Writers Write Now, offering original professionally written SEO custom content, quick content, and free content for web sites. Visit Writers Write Now.

Lori is also editor for the Savvy Baby Gear web site at http://www.savvy-baby-gear.com, your one-stop shop for everything today’s parents of infants need: clothes, educational and fun toys and activities, care and safety products, clothing, nursery supplies, and educational aids for mom and dad. Visit Savvy Baby Gear - essentials for happy babies and parents.

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