Think about everything you’ve learned from grandma and grandpa – from family stories to advice like “money doesn’t grow on trees.” This year, return the favor by offering your grandparents help where they need it or by teaching them something new, all while spending quality time together this Grandparents’ Day.
Make a photo album or scrapbook
Grandparents can never have too many photos. If your grandparents are the kind to shy away from their smartphones or are unable to easily access digital photos, print out some recent pictures they haven’t seen and put in a photo album. Encourage family members to do the same to help keep grandma and grandpa up to date.
Times have changed since your grandparents were young, and life back then can seem so fascinating now. Think of some questions you’ve been meaning to get answers on such as what they were like when they were a kid, life in a particular decade, or even about what your parents were like when they were kids. Jot it down, voice record, or film it… just make sure you capture it!
Take a walk down memory lane
If you live local to where your grandparents grew up, spend a day exploring the area and reliving their past. See the house they grew up in, grab lunch favorite restaurant, see where they worked, and other places they spent a lot of time. A drive down memory lane works, too!
Learn a family recipe
Take a few hours out of your busy schedule to head to grandma’s and spend some time in the kitchen. Ask her to teach you how to make those chocolate chip cookies you loved as a kid or that delicious casserole she brings to Thanksgiving every year. Keep the family recipe going or try your hand at creating a new one.
Teach them about online or mobile banking
The days of going to or even calling the bank are quickly evolving. It may seem like a no-brainer to you, but online or mobile banking may be something your grandparent has been avoiding or even unaware of. Spend some time teaching them how to access their accounts online and how to transfer money, pay bills, check statements, etc. If they have a smart phone, download their bank’s mobile app and show them features like mobile deposit. They are sure to be amazed at all this information at their fingertips!