Raising grandchildren is one of the utmost joys of my life. Not only does it keep me engaged but also enables me to do other creative and fun things with my little ones.
At the age of 2-4, the young ones are full of energy and have relatively short attention spans which means that they tend to switch between activities very fast. As such I have found it very helpful to engage my young ones in fun activities that inspire both their physical and psychological growth. Remember that at this age bracket, the young ones are at their most absorbent stage of life which then sets the foundation for the character and personality of the child as they grow.
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Here are several tips on how to find community support for your grandchildren.
A fairly easy way to start is by finding a playgroup where your grandchild can meet and play with other children. The slow walks with my grandchild is also something I enjoy as she seems to notice the most random things and it makes her so happy. Alternatively, walking in the mall or grocery store or just taking them to the toy aisle and letting them play always makes a child very happy.
The idea is, on meeting new people, engage with them and hopefully build a connection with them as they come in handy in leading you to other activities.
The good thing is that I didn’t have to look far, the church, more so the Sunday school was easy to introduce to my grandchild. Learn from people in the same situation. The church, for example, is a very nice place to meet with people in the same situation and these people are invaluably resourceful in giving you additional ideas of what they do with their grandchildren.
Through such friendships, I have been introduced to many fun and engaging activities beyond the ones that I already knew.
Other places such as parks and swimming pool are also a great start. One such activity is swimming which is certainly a very educative and fun way to engage your young one.
Through such activities, the child gains self-confidence, becomes comfortable in their own skin not forgetting that they acquire essential life skills.
Other community support channels such as parks and libraries also come in very handy. Additionally, some community gyms offer playtime for kids being raised by their grandparents or kids in general. I found these places as very effective starting points.
I always aim to get my young ones engaged in as many outdoor activities as possible, and locations such as my local children’s theme park are perfect for this.
Although most of these ideas are fairly common, remembering them is tricky considering that it has been quite some time since I last had to care for young ones. However, the enthusiasm of raising a child, my grandchild, definitely inspired me to remember what I did with my children and also to reach out.
In conclusion, the importance of community support towards the development of your grandchildren cannot be overstated. Therefore, get out there and reach out to fellow parents caring for their young children and learn a thing or two. It can be hard and sometimes awkward to reach out, only because of the situation of life we are in. However, put yourself out there, be friendly and ensure that the child is comfortable as you plan or agree to activities.
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In all, remember that you cannot put a price on a healthy innocent smile on your grandchild, can you?