They're not children anymore. They're adults growing up with so many new technologies and opportunities that sometimes you're at a loss for how to reach them. Last week we talked about how to love your younger grandchildren, and today I'll share 17 things my own grandparents have done for us, and that you can do too, to love your adult grandchildren.
Grandparents who love…
- Always have time to listen to them – the little ones and the big ones.
- Always have snacks or cookies readily available – the big kids like this too, and feel spoiled, especially if you made their favorite treat!
- Sing with them – the timeless songs you sang together when they were small.
- Give praise four times as often as correction.
- Ask them to teach you how to do something (texting perhaps?).
- Always remember their birthday.
- Let them hear you pray for them.
- Always show more patience with them than their parents do.
- Help them think realisticly, but always believe in their dreams.
- Give them a shoulder to cry on and a reason to try again.
- Forgive, every age needs this.
- Encourage them to set goals and strive to meet them.
- Check up on them (call, text, email), just because you love them.
- Pray with them.
- Tell them stories from your own childhood, or theirs.
- Love their children.
- Tell them you are proud of them.
Besides the Bible, here are 7 other books that may help you in your grandparent journey. See the list here.
You may also like to read 16 Ways to be a Good Grandmother.