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Visits to grandma and grandpa can be wonderful and disturbing to children. Grandma doesn’t play ball with me anymore! Grandpa keeps asking me the same questions! As grandparents age children must be made aware that grandma has arthritis and can’t bend as easily as she did before. Grandpa, even with that new hearing aid, has trouble understanding the high pitched voice of a child. Grandma and grandpa may experience some short memory loses which deprives them of instant recognition of their most loved grandchildren. Above all, accentuate the positive.
Keep grandparents a vital, participatory part of your child’s life.
Children always bridge the gap between the ages with a clear, truthful, loving, positive explanation of what to expect and why their grandparents act as they do. Children follow the lead of their parents. Grandchildren play a vital role in giving grandparents a better quality of life.
- If grandma aches and needs more exercise, suggest a short walk around the back yard or down the street. Roll a ball back and forth or join her in doing her prescribed exercises.
- If grandpa has trouble seeing the book and reading the story, read to him or read the story together.
- If grandma can’t hear, stand a little closer, speak to her “good ear”, if she has one, and look directly at her. Don’t scream.
- If grandpa mixes up the names of grandchildren or keeps telling the same story over again, realize that it disturbs him more than it does you. Enjoy those oft repeated stories so you can tell them to your children and grandchildren.
- Ask about the family album and write down the names and relationships under each picture. Take new pictures and label them. You are building a heritage for generations to come.
- Hope that when you get older your grandchildren will be as understanding and loving as you.
New and Old Superheroes are Coming to the Movies. Children naturally imitate fearless superheroes who overcome any obstacle. Sometimes adults discourage superhero play for fear that it will become too disruptive, or that children will get hurt or engage in it at inappropriate times. Remember that this type of play gives children the chance to face their fears and show off physical feats. When supervised, “superhero play” can help children improve their language skills, creativity and teach them to work together to solve problems.
Make the most of your own super-hero:
- Show children that superheroes are not special just because they are physically powerful.
- Point out that superheroes show kindness and helpfulness to others, and praise children when they do the same.
- Talk about real heroes and heroines. Introduce them to people like Helen Keller and Martin Luther King, Jr., and discuss how everyday people can demonstrate acts of courage and goodness.
- Point out the difference between movies, TV and real life. When you see actors pretend to leap out of windows or jump over speeding cars, explain to children why they shouldn’t “try this.”
- Make rules about when and where superhero play is allowed. Be consistent. If “flying” indoors is not allowed on Monday, it shouldn’t be allowed on Tuesday.
- Help children build on their interests through superhero play. Watching Star Wars may lead to learning about space travel. Keep your eyes open to learning opportunities.
- Look out for overly aggressive play. Get involved if you see a child become frightened or angry. When laughter stops, and threats or complaints begin, help children get back on track or end their play. Make it clear that physical or verbal aggression are not acceptable.
- Praise children when they accomplish real “feats” like putting together puzzles, or learning to spell their own names.
Information in part supplied by NAEYC