Does anyone know what September 7th is? It's National Granparent's Day! What a great time to say, "I love you grandma, grandpa, nana, papa, yia yia, papou, mawmawm pawpaw, granny, gramps!"
Do you know when and how the first Grandparent's Day came about? Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in Virginia, founded the holiday. After working with senior citizens for many years, she began her campaign to have a holiday to not only honor grandparents, but to bring attention to the needs of those in nursing homes.
President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation on September 6, 1979 and the first Granparent's Day was celebrated. Marian McQuade is now 91. She's the mother of 15, the grandmother of 43, and the great-grandmother of 10! I bet she has quite the spectacular Grandparent's Day!
When I pick my kids up from school, it always amazes me how many grandparents are there picking up their grandkids. According AARP, 4.5 million children are being cared for by grandparents. It doesn't surprise me one bit.
Here's a cool resource for all grandparents! It's Grandparents.com. Yeah, the site's for grandparents, but there's a bunch of really cool stuff on there for parents too! The website is chock-full of ideas, tips, food, games, toys, activities, advice, and a message board so you can chat with other grandparents. If you sign up to get their newsletter (only takes an email address), you can get their guide, 100 Free Things To Do With Your Grandkids too.
So, here are a couple quick, easy, inexpensive, and fun ideas to help your kids celebrate their grandparents...
Give Grandma and Grandpa a picture of the grandkids in a personalized frame.
Or let older kids have fun decorating this stepping stone kit for Grandma and Grandpa.
Another inexpensive, fun thing the kids will love doing is decorating a shirt, apron, or tie. Just spread out a LOT of newspapers, dip the kids' hands into fabric paint and let them put their handprints on the shirt. You can fill it in with names and a title like, "Grandpa's fishing buddies" or Grandma's little angels".
Or have the kids write a story for their grandparents. You can help younger kids by asking them questions like, "What is Grandma's favorite food?", "How old is Grandpa?", or " What do Grandma and Grandpa like to do?" Then write the questions and answers on paper. This is always good for a laugh as little kids tend to come up with some pretty funny answers.