The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is vital and important. One of the best joys in life is spending quality and quantity time with my grandchildren. My first born would call me pakka before he learned to talk properly. Sometimes I wish he still did. Hearing him say grand pakka was music to my ears. My grandson now has a younger brother and sister, who call me grandpa-pa pa. I love it.
One of the things that I find challenging when spending time with my grandchildren, is their desiring me to get in the floor and play. A few years ago, I could ride them on my back, and crawl across the floor with them. That is not so easy today. I have found ways to be interactive with them, without causing hurt or harm to my body.
When my wife was spring cleaning last year, she took a lot of clothes that we were not going to wear out of the closet. She piled them in the floor until we decided what to do with them. My grandchildren enjoyed jumping on that pile of clothing while I watched. They pretended it was a fort.
They also play hide and seek, by hiding behind the clothes in the closet. All I have to do is look in the closet and pretend not to see them. I will say, “I wonder where Tyrique, Drevion or Jayla are, they must have disappeared.” At that point they will tumble out of the closet excited that they tricked grandpa.
Food Lion has shopping carts that has a two seat car underneath. When we have all three grandchildren we allow our granddaughter, the youngest to sit i the back of the cart. As we shop we make beeping noises, or push it fast, then stop it short. On the way to the parking lot we can turn the basket around in circles. This causes the children to giggle and ask for more.
During warm weather we use bottles of bubbles and bubble wands. This keep the children entertained for hours. And of course we can always pop corn and watch a favorite movie. Sometimes the younger children just like me to bounce them on my knee. I also play with their army men and super heroes with them. This can be done sitting on the couch,
The bottom line is, you know yourstrengths and weaknesses. Instead of looking at what you cannot do, find creative ways to interact with your children”s children. Complement any pictures they draw or color. Give them lots of hugs kisses and I love yous. Load the bathtub with lots of bubble bath and watch them splash.
My grandchildren are 2,3 and 7. They are at the age where they are creative and imaginative. I eat their make believe food, and talk to their stuffed animals and dolls just as they do. Spending time together is importnat for both grandparents and the grandchildren. It builds bonds that last a lifetime.