This week the review crew is sharing about grandparents and gratitude, in honor of Grandparents Day which was Sunday the 13th. I am so thankful that my children have two sets of grandparents in their lives and both are supportive of our homeschooling goals. I know that isn’t’ always the case.
In our homeschool, one of the ways the grandmothers bless us, is by coming up about a day a week and playing with the little children so that I can focus my attention on the older children. This time is a huge blessing.
Another way that our grandparents are blessing, is by sharing their talents and gifts and teaching various life skills. For example, my dad is an avid fishermen and all of my children have learned to fish from him. My mother-in-law loves to play board games and has spent many afternoons playing monopoly or cards with the children.
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Not only are we grateful for their involvement in our homeschool, but also just for the love that they pour out on our children and the ways in which they support each of them. It makes me so happy knowing that our children are so well loved.
If the grandparents in your children’s lives do not live close, are not physically able to be this involved, or maybe still have full time employment, there are many other ways they can be involved. I know of grandparents that read children’s books to their grandchildren via zoom or voice chat. Others that might spend a weekend day working in the garden together, doing puzzles, or whatever other hobby is of interest. If the grandparents are in a nursing home or assisted living, the children could bless them with visits and get the blessing of smiles and stories in return. Writing letters back and forth to grandparents that live far away can be a great way to support the relationship and practice those writing skills!
If for whatever reason, your children do not have grandparents in their lives, do not be afraid to reach out to folks in your church or neighborhood that can fill that void. It can be a blessing for everyone involved.
Are grandparents involved in your schooling? What are you grateful for today?
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