Teenagers with grandparents living nearby can benefit tremendously by spending time with them. Here are six ways to nurture closeness between grandparents and grandchildren.
1. Playing Classic Card Games
Grandparents can show teens how to play bridge, rummy, canasta, or pinochle. Here’s a memory game to sharpen the recall of all players.
This game can be played with two to six people. Place cards face down on a table in rows of seven. Allow sufficient space between rows so cards can be turned over without disturbing adjacent rows.
One player takes a turn flipping over two cards from any row. If the cards show the same number, the player keeps the pair. He or she continues flipping cards until he or she is unsuccessful at matching. After turning nonmatching cards face down again, the next person plays. The key to successful matching is remembering the numbers on previously flipped cards. Players with keener recall ability score more pairs.
When all the cards are gone from the rows, each player tallies his or her number of pairs. The player with the most pairs wins.
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2. Exploring Grandma’s Jewelry Box
Invite grandchildren to explore Grandma’s necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, pins, and rings. Each item will have an interesting history. Let the grandchildren pick out pieces they like for Grandma to tell background stories about.
Perhaps the children can try on accessories that aren’t fragile, and Grandma might even offer pieces as keepsakes. If her grandchildren show a fondness for a certain type of jewelry, Grandma will know what to buy for them. Then Grandma can take them to a department store, where they can pick out presents.
3. Sharing Sports
If grandparents are physically able, their teen grandchildren can practice pitching and hitting softballs with them. Grandparents can also share tips for refining skills. Other sports grandparents and teens can share are bocce ball, lawn bowling, croquet, pool, and shuffleboard.
A grandparent can teach a grandchild how to play Frisbee and teach him or her the backhand toss, forehand throw, and hammer.
A grandparent unable to participate in sports can attend games with grandchildren instead. They can watch professional sporting events or games at a local high school, college, or community center.
4. Trying Out Fashion
Teen girls and their grandmothers can paint each other’s fingernails. Alternatively, the ladies can visit a nail salon or go to a department store or beauty salon for makeovers. Afterward, they can admire each other over a restaurant meal.
A teen girl who loves the mall can go there with Grandma. They needn’t even spend money. Some malls are fun just to stroll through while gazing at lovely landscaping and fountains. A grandmother and her grandchild can also window shop and have heart-to-heart talks. A mall trip is also convenient for a grandparent who uses a wheelchair.
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5. Collaborating on Hobbies
Working together on projects fosters bonding. Grandparents can pass on their knowledge and skills and demonstrate their talents. As teens become adept at new hobbies, their self-esteem will grow, and they’ll also respect their grandparents even more.
Teens will be thrilled to learn about astronomy, bird-watching, gardening, metal detecting, and photography. A grandparent who’s a great cook can pass on his or her favorite recipes. A senior who’s gifted at handiwork can share his or her expertise. Teenagers can have fun learning cross-stitching, crocheting and embroidering, flower arranging, knitting, or quilting.
A grandparent who enjoys collecting objects can help a teen start a hobby. Teens can catalog coins, dolls, cards, stamps, nail polish, lip gloss, guitar picks, die-cast toys, seashells, key chains, or marbles.
6. Attending School Events
Grandparents can support teenage grandchildren by watching them participate in athletic games, dance recitals, plays, concerts, choir performances, talent shows, and school debates. They might join in school fundraising events, such as bake sales, comedy nights, art auctions, or bingo or game nights.
Grandparents should bring their cameras to school events. Even if photographs aren’t permitted during a program, they can take pictures before and after. They can easily document time together for future reminiscing with the kids.
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