Take a look at our ideas and activities below for helping grandparents and their grandchildren build strong relationships, even amid ever-changing pandemic restrictions.
Grandparents can play a special role in your child's life. They're uniquely qualified to be friends, mentors, and guides, offering a sense of connection and tradition. Whether grandparents live nearby or faraway, they can support and enhance your role as a parent - even if spending time together in person isn't an option at the moment.
No two families are alike, and grandparent-grandchild relationships come in many different styles. Trust and respect grandparents to find their own ways to relate to and interact with your child - but be sure to encourage their bond.
How to Bond with Grandparents from Far Away
Whether grandparents and grandchildren are separated by miles, or they're unable to see each other in person due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, here are some ways to help them connect:
How to Bond with Grandparents in Person
If your parents (or your spouse's parents) live with you, help them make the most of their time together under the same roof. These ideas are also great for times when we are able to be together in person again.
Many grandparents enjoy playing leisurely with their grandchildren, but some may need a few suggestions to get the ball rolling. Encourage grandparents to introduce games from their childhoods, such as hide and seek, jacks, jump rope, marbles, hopscotch, and others.
Some children enjoy simply talking to or participating in everyday routines with their grandparents, such as working in the garden or making a meal. Grandparents can also pass on family traditions and history as they share stories or look through photo albums with your child.
Grandparental Activities that can be done in person or virtually