of National Grandparents Day
The idea for a National Grandparents
Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County,
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.
Enjoy these classic quotes about grandparents, and on becoming a grandparent.
grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window. Ogden
are old on the outside but young on the inside. Author Unknown
reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that
they have a common enemy. Sam Levenson (printable poster, sample shown right)
are moms with lots of frosting. Author Unknown
best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.
a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they
give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. Gene
are just antique little girls. Author Unknown
love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. Welsh
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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).
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
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.
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.
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 grandchilds 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.
Becoming a Grandparent
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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 grandchilds 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
consider the following: How much help and advice is too
much? After all,
you dont want to overwhelm new parents, not yet comfortable
in their new role as parents. Or make it appear as though
To avoid possible offense, it might be best to offer advice
except when specifically asked. Once the new parents understand
your motive is genuine, and not because you think they are
not doing a
good enough job, they will relax and better appreciate your
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 childs
safety, health, or emotional well-being is at risk, at which
helpful suggestions instead of pointed criticism will produce
results. Remember, your goal is to help create a happy and
for your grandchild, not one marred by hurt or resentment.
That aside, lets looks at the many positive ways
you can add to the
quality of your life and that of your grandchild, at the
benefiting the lives of others involved.
Building a Special Bond with Your Grandchild
As a grandparent, you have the golden opportunity to play
important and positive role in their life now, and
in years to come.
If you live nearby, one way to spend quality time with
is to baby sit, as time and health permit. This not only
precious moments alone with your grandchild, but new parents
from time off by themselves. It is healthy for parents to
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;
softly is soothing to a baby, and creates a sense of contentment.
you talk and sing to your grandchild, the quicker they will
sound of your voice, the sooner they respond with gurgles
every time you enter the room.
Joys of Reading
Toddlers and young children love to be read to. Snuggling
down in a
chair with your grandchild, reading, laughing, and giggling
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
of a childs 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
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 grandchilds life. Precious moments
visiting back and forth will feel all too short; but such
visits will be precious and time spent together remembered
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
Internet, fax machines, and telephones. Cell phones
that allow the exchange of pictures are great and
help bridge the
E-mailing pictures and messages over the Internet is an
convenient, and fun way to maintain daily contact. Computer
allow voice messages and digital cameras for on-the-spot
enhance exchanges and are the next best thing to actually
At Savvy-Baby-Gear.com, we know that grandparents have
the potential to impact their grandchildrens 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
©2006 Lori S. Anton, editor Savvy-Baby-Gear.com
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