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By Cheryl Bac

Grandparents Day

Uploaded: Sep 12, 2017

Some years Grandparents Day sneaks up on me. It gets lost in the end of the summer/beginning of the school year rush and two of our family's birthday celebrations.

For Grandparents Day, we usually send a simple card or two to just let our grandparents and great grandparents know that we are thinking about them. This year our kids simply made artwork for their grandparents and great grandparents and we sent it via email. I found out early on that our kids usually enjoy sending texts and emails to relatives more than sending physical mail (but we try to do both). The almost instant response of a relative who lives far away always put a smile on their faces. And, our kids can give more than one person the same drawing (and even keep the original for themselves).

This year I read an article suggesting that kids interview grandparents and/or great grandparents for grandparents day. And I love the idea. It's too late for us to do this activity for grandparents day this year, but why wait for a holiday.

The most challenging part, of course, will be to come up with the right list of interview questions. Questions that actually interest our kids and also give our kids knowledge they didn't already have about their relatives. I'd like to dig deeper than their favorite colors and animals.

At the moment I'm planning to make a list of questions about their childhoods. What toys did they love to play with? What chores did they have? Did they have a favorite book? What games did they play with their brothers(s) and sister(s)? What was their favorite vacation as a kid? I'm curious what their answers will be. Who knows, maybe my parents and grandparents will get creative and come up with their own list of interview questions for our kids to answer.

How do you celebrate grandparents day?

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