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A day to celebrate grandparents

This year we celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 9. The holiday is a way for you and your children to honor your parents, give them a chance to show their love for your children and help your kids become aware of the strength, knowledge and guidance older people can offer.

Grandmother Marian McQuade’s campaign persuaded Congress and President Jimmy Carter to proclaim the first official Grandparents Day in 1979.

Things to do

  • Arts and crafts are easy and fun for grandparents and grandchildren to do together. When your parents and children come together to make a scrapbook, everyone can enjoy each other’s company.
  • A small family gathering is a great way to spend Grandparents Day. Share the guests of honors’ favorite music with your kids. If your parents prefer it, go to their house for a home-cooked meal. Maybe the kids can help prepare it. My favorite memories of my grandmother are being in the kitchen and helping her bake.
  • Grandparents are known for stories. They’ve lived through many experiences. A story time for grandparents and grandchildren might teach you something new about your parents.
  •  Carolyn Belardo, a spokesperson for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, suggests that families take grandparents on an outing that matches their interests. If Grandma and Grandpa are interested in nature, invite them to see the Academy’s butterfly exhibit and gem collection. 

Looking for more ideas?

The National Grandparents Day Council maintains a website with the event’s history, activities and resources at Grandparents-day.com. Generations United has a Grandparents Day Take Action Guide at Gu.org. You’ll find additional activities at Grandparents.com.

Vera Freeman is a MetroKids intern and student at Girls High School in Philadelphia.

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