Get the Most Out of Time With Your Grandchildren

Get the Most Out of Time With Your Grandchildren

Most parents of teens will agree they barely get to spend any quality time with their children. This is to be expected, as teens go through a phase where, while their bodies are changing, they find it difficult to talk to authority figures. However, the relationship between children and their grandparents can break through this barrier, which is why it is important for grandparents ensure they use the time they have to, not only, forge a stronger bond, but help their grandchild navigate through this difficult time in their life.


The great thing about the grandchild-grandparent relationship is it is completely different from the parent-child relationship. Where parents are focused on managing their children through consistency, grandparents can find the balance between letting them try new things and ensuring their safety. But the most important thing in this relationship is a grandchild should feel free to talk about anything – be it personal issues or current affairs. Allowing them to talk about their problems without feeling like they are being judged. This will allow you to understand your grandchildren better and ensure you forge a stronger bond.

Teach them about Family History

Grandparents play a very important role in ensuring children learn about their roots. Take the time to go through old pictures, mementos, or even a family tree, to help explain to your adolescent grandchild where they come from, and who their family is. Many children will find their family history fascinating (especially if you can show them pictures of their ancestors), and may want to learn more.

Involve them in your Life

Most grandparents might think their grandchildren want nothing to do with their normal routine, but it’s not always the case. If you have an interesting hobby, involve your grandchild in it. It could be golf, scrapbooking or even a sport you enjoy watching. Teens are eager to learn new things, and this could be a great way to get them to open up to you about the problems they are facing in school, or at home.

Explore Your Surroundings

Every city has plenty to offer in terms of sightseeing, from museums to local parks. However, at times, parents end up taking charge of such outings with their teens and leave the child feeling like they’re being told what to do. A great way to allow your grandchild to become more independent, while enjoying themselves, is to ask them to plan a half-day, or full-day, adventure for the two of you. You can go spend the day in a local park or museum, even taking a picnic with you if you wish. However, the planning must be done by your grandchild. This will allow them to come out of their shell and become more creative, while being able to spend more time with you, one-on-one.

Spending time with your teenage grandchild can be a great way to ensure you play a part in making them into the best person they can be. Take the time to talk to them and involve them in your life so you can pass on your wisdom without them feeling like it’s unwanted advice.