15 Ways to Help Kids Stay Connected With Their Grandparents (Near or Far)

Do your kids see their grandparents regularly?

Want to help them develop a special relationship with their grandparents?

There are many things you and your kids can do to encourage that connection, whether your kids’ grandparents live down the block or across the country.

In this article I’ll share ways you can help your kids stay connected with their grandparents.

Want to help kids stay connected with their grandparents? Near or far, make the most of precious time together with easy ideas to help them relate and bond.

Why Stay Connected With Grandparents?

Whether near or far, grandparents glue the generations together. Grandparents are a way to connect your kids to their family’s history. They’re also lots of fun!

Sam Levenson famously said, “The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” How true that is.

As life gets ever faster, grandparents are often the perfect, though sometimes taken for granted, support system for families in these changing times.

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6 Family Traditions You Can Start With Your Kids

Are you a tradition-loving parent?

Wondering how to celebrate everyday life, and not just the big moments?

Create some new family traditions.

In this article I’ll share how you can start traditions, based on ‘The Book of New Family Traditions,’ by Meg Cox.

The book shows that traditions aren’t just about celebrating big occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also about everyday life and the daily rituals that make life fun, meaningful, and rich!

Start new family traditions that can create lasting memories to celebrate the everyday with rituals that make life fun, meaningful, and rich.

Why Practice Family Traditions?

Family traditions are things that families do together. In a busy society where everyone is bombarded with all sorts of activities and distractions, traditions offer a sense of belonging and identity to every member of the family.

Children raised with family traditions—especially those who have watched their parents invent new ones—learn that they can respond to life in active, creative and extremely personal ways. They grow to be resilient, confident that they are loved, and knowing how to express love to others.

In The Book of New Family Traditions, Cox highlights several non-traditional, everyday opportunities to create new traditions with your family. I’ll share my favorites, below.

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5 Daddy Date and Mommy Date Ideas for Quality Time With Each of Your Kids

Are your kids shouting over their siblings, clamoring for your undivided attention?

Do they crave a little one-on-one fun time with you?

Time to schedule a daddy date or mommy date with your child!

We asked top parenting bloggers about their best ideas for spending individual time with your children.

In this article, I’ll share five ideas for planning special “dates” with your kids and a few tips to help you make room in your schedule.

Five ideas for planning special one-on-one

Why Take Your Kid on a Date?

Your kids crave alone-time with you. It makes them feel special to have you all to themselves.

You know how important it is—and you love it too—but it can be hard to find the time!

What with work, school, homework and activities, how does a busy parent do it? And if you can find the time, how do you shake things up a little?

We had the same questions, so we asked some busy parenting bloggers to share their tips on making time and finding the right activities.

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How to Help Your Kids Document Their Best Moments of the New Year

Want to teach your children to appreciate life a little more?

Looking for a meaningful New Year’s project your family can do together?

Journalist Harlan Miller once said, “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”

In this article, I’ll show you how to do just that.

Make a family jar of joy. It’s a simple way to see the good things in life; to prolong the feeling of celebration and festive holiday cheer throughout the year.

Make a family jar of joy, a simple way to see the good things in life; to prolong the feeling of celebration and festive holiday cheer throughout the year.

Why Make a Jar of Joy?

We’ve all heard the expressions and received the advice: “Count your blessings,” “Think positively,” “Find the good in every day”… But the busyness of family life can make this hard to remember or put into practice.

Make a jar of joy and fill it with mementos from happy events and notes about positive things that happen to your family throughout the year.

Your jar will provide a tangible reminder to look for the good in life and an instant mood boost anytime someone in your family feels blue. Just open it and read some positive thoughts.

At the end of the year review the contents and remember all the good times you’ve had. It’s a simple way to bring your family closer together.

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