Grandparents Day falls on September 8 this year. Thirty-five years ago Marian McQuade inspired 43 governors across the nation to set aside a day to honor grandparents. With that momentum, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation in 1978 proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. What a legacy she left—not only to her own family but also to millions of families around the country who celebrate the important role that grandparents have in our society. She was a visionary whose tireless efforts focused attention on creating bonds between the generations.
One of the purposes of Grandparents Day is to honor grandparents. My friend, Sue Johnson, author of GrandLoving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren, sent me some creative ideas that grandchildren can do to show their love and appreciation for their grandparents.
She suggests sending these ideas to your grandchild’s parents for some inspiration:
- Create a collage of family photographs, laminate it into the shape of a place mat and send it to Gram and Gramps so their smiling faces will bring smiles to yours at every meal.
- Make a CD of “My favorite times with Nana and Papa are…” statements to send as a reminder of the importance of being together.
- Have your grandchild draw a flower and insert their photo in the center, then draw a sun, pasting the grandparents photo in the center. Caption it with “You are My Sunshine” and if your little one knows the words, have him sing the song on a CD or in person to accompany the gift!
- Make a little coupon booklet of things the grandchildren can do for their grandparents … everything from posing for a photo to helping rake the yard will be appreciated!
- Back your grandchildren’s photographs with magnetic tape and send for display on the grandparent’s fridge.
- Create a homemade video for Grandma and Grandpa. How about “Our Family History from the Eyes of Your Grandchild!” The whole family will treasure the results!
- Make a homemade puzzle card. Paste a photo of the grandchild on cardboard, cut it into pieces and send with a note that says, “Put this together and see who loves you!”
- Make a list of “I love you because” statements to send to Oma and Opa to let them know how special they are.
I like this last one the best. In fact, I suggest you call your grandchild and say: “Today is Grandparents Day and you know what would make me so happy? Would you tell me the 3 best things you love about me!”