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Grandparents: Tell Your Story to Your Grandkids

a special feature from Leslie Zinberg, co-founder grandparentslink All grandparents have stories. Every one of us. It is up to us to pass on our history to our grandchildren. When I think back to my own grandparents, there is so much of their history that has not been identified, that they did not tell my cousins and me. Now I am loaded with questions, and there is no one to ask. In other words, don’t wait. Tell your grandchildren all about who you are, where you came from, who your parents are, your grandparents. Tell stories. Show pictures. Talk about your past. When your grandchildren hear about the family history, they feel a deeper connection to their past. It provides an even stronger foundation, promoting self-esteem, and a clear sense of belonging. Through family stories, you can instill family values, faith, and ethics. And, children get excited to hear about your life, your experience, and your growing-up anecdotes. Of course, we know the stories of our own sons and daughters, and boy, do the grandkids love to hear those narratives! They love to hear how their dad or mom got in to mischief, how he or she made mistakes (and learned from them), what their favorite toys and stuffed animals were, how good or not so good they were at playing a particular sport, their favorite sayings, their favorite movies or television shows, their relationships with siblings and friends. When you tell these stories, you are educating your grandchildren. Add the humor, the sentiment, their likes and loves. You are spinning magical tales with your grandkids that they can hold to, and then share as they grow older. Here are a few ideas of how to share family stories...

 

(Virtual) Art Class is in Session

an exclusive article for GrandparentsLink* Want to do something extra special with your grandchildren right now? Art with your grandkids is pure fun. With all the social distancing, this is a terrific way to make that special connection. Artist Shelley Levy puts together family zoom art classes to bring grandparents and grandchildren together for a creative, shared experience. These intergenerational collaborations are about so much more than making art; they are about our hearts and how to keep us connected. Zoom has become Shelley’s international, viral studio, connecting families and friends all over the world. These times can be incredibly isolating for people and we are all seeking ways to express our creativity. In this period of wearing masks, social distancing and learning a new language of being, family has never felt more important -- especially the love of grandparents. Because the art classes are virtual, they can be set up from any locale in the USA. Classes are an hour long. Shelley will tell you what supplies you and your g-kids will need to bring to class. Simply contact her at: 323.528.6182, shelleytheartist.com, or Instagram @shelleytheartist. And, remember, share your art with us!

 

Practice ‘Self-Compassion’ today…

“When you say ‘Yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to yourself.” ~Paul Cohelo “Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, so that we can give from our surplus, our abundance. When we nurture others […]

 

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