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National Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents Day is a holiday that honors the unique and special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. It is celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day in the United States. This day is a time to recognize the love, wisdom, and guidance that grandparents provide to their families and communities.

The idea for Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife and grandmother. She wanted to encourage families to spend time with their grandparents and to recognize the important role that older generations play in our society. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

One of the main reasons that Grandparents Day is so important is that grandparents can have a profound impact on the lives of their grandchildren. Studies have shown that children who have close relationships with their grandparents tend to have better social skills, higher self-esteem, and a stronger sense of identity. Grandparents can provide emotional support, share family history and traditions, and offer a different perspective on life that can be invaluable to young people.

In addition to the emotional benefits, grandparents can also play an important role in providing practical help and support to their families. Many grandparents serve as caregivers for their grandchildren, providing childcare, transportation, and other essential services. Grandparents can also be a source of financial assistance, helping to pay for education, healthcare, or other expenses that may be difficult for younger generations to afford.

Grandparents Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions that grandparents make to our families and communities. There are many ways to celebrate this special day, from spending time with grandparents to creating handmade cards or gifts. Here are a few ideas:

  • Plan a family gathering: Organize a special family gathering to honor grandparents. This could be a brunch, a picnic, or a dinner party. Make sure to include activities that grandparents will enjoy, such as board games, crafts, or storytelling.
  • Create a scrapbook: Collect photos and mementos that represent the special moments that grandparents have shared with their grandchildren. Create a scrapbook or photo album to commemorate these memories and to show how much they are appreciated.
  • Write a letter or poem: Take the time to write a heartfelt letter or poem to express your love and appreciation for your grandparents. This can be a meaningful way to show how much they mean to you.
  • Give a gift: Whether it’s a handmade craft or a store-bought present, a thoughtful gift can be a great way to show your appreciation for grandparents. Consider items that are personalized, such as a family tree or a custom photo book.
  • Volunteer: Consider volunteering with an organization that serves older adults or grandparents in need. This is a great way to give back to the community and to honor the contributions that grandparents make to our society.

In conclusion, Grandparents Day is an important holiday that celebrates the love, wisdom, and guidance that grandparents provide to their families and communities. It's a time to recognize the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren and to honor the important role that older generations play in our society. Whether you celebrate with a family gathering, a handmade gift, or a volunteer project, take the time to show your appreciation for the grandparents in your life on this special day.

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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