My husband and I celebrated our thirty-second First Kiss Anniversary on Sunday. Yes, thirty-two years ago, PawDad and I smooched for the very first time, sealing forever our fate as parents, grandparents and more.
We've always marked the day in a small but special way. This year it was simply skipping church to go out to breakfast together.
In light of our celebration, I considered that one of the best things grandparents can do for grandchildren — and parents can do for their children, regardless of the child's age — is to model a positive personal relationship with their partners.
How can grandmothers do that, though, when time with grandkids is typically focused on the kids?
Here are 20 ways you can do both — be a fun and interesting grandma to the kids while nurturing your relationship with their grandpa. At the same time. Together.
1. Make breakfast together — Grandma, Grandpa and the grandkids.
2. Play an outdoor game that requires teams — Grandma and Grandpa on one team, grandkids on another.
3. Play a board game using the same team approach.
4. Take a family bike ride.
5. Spread a blanket in the yard for some night-time stargazing as a family.
6. Wear matching No. 1 Grandpa and No. 1 Grandma T-shirts on the same day. (Okay, I must admit that this one might make me — and Jim ... and our adult kids — gag. But some grandparents do get into this. Which is cute.)
7. Hold hands while taking a walk around the block — or through the mall — with the grandkids.
8. Play Wii games together.
9. Go ice skating.
10. Or roller skating.
11. Have a dance party in the living room, playing songs you enjoyed when first dating. Don't hold back on showing the kids your best dance moves.
12. Create a video together to email or text to long-distance grandchildren.
13. Roast marshmallows by the outdoor fire pit or indoor fireplace.
14. Perform a musical number for the kids, playing instruments, singing or both. Kids love performing for Grandma and Grandpa; this gives them a turn at being in the audience.
15. Take a break from pushing swings and such at the park to hang out together on a blanket while the kids play.
16. Share photo albums from the early years.
17. Better yet, share your wedding album.
18. And if it's your thing, take the kids to church with you…and sit by Grandpa.
19. Have a movie night featuring Grandma and Grandpa’s favorite movie — and your favorite movie snacks.
20. Create a fort for the grandkids then surprise them when they arrive.
What memories do you have of your grandparents expressing love for each other?