The relationship between a grandparent and their grandchild is something truly special. However, grandparents can often feel a little out of their depth when it comes to their grandchildren. After all, thanks to the age gap, they will have very different interests and ideas of how they want to spend their time.
The good news is that planning a fun day out for your grandchildren is easy and fun. Simply follow the tips below and you’ll be making lifelong memories before you know it.
Doing a little bit of research can help to make your life a lot easier. Start with the important things like allergies, medications, and anything else that you may need to be aware of. This will help you to plan accordingly for where you eat for example. Next, ask about interests. Perhaps there is a local restaurant that your grandkids have always wanted to try or a park that they love to go to.
With this information, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about where you take your grandchildren and what you do with them.
Make it a surprise
Children love surprises and few things are as special as seeing your grandchild’s eyes light up when they realise you’re taking them somewhere that they’ve always wanted to go. If this is your plan, make sure that you book ahead (be it a table or tickets) to avoid any accidental disappointment
Make it a tradition
A great alternative to a surprise is a tradition. This is an activity that you do regularly or every time that you see your grandchild. This could be something as simple as going to the same cafe for lunch or always going to the cinema. These will become cherished days that your grandchildren will always forward to and then back on later in life.
Relax with the rules
The best part about being a grandparent is that you don’t have to be as strict as a parent. These aren’t your children after all. With parental permission, of course, you can let them stay up a little bit later, watch their favourite free kids cartoons, have dessert more often, and do other things that they may not always be able to do at home.
Don’t put pressure on yourself
Lastly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Take yourself back to when your own kids were young and you’ll remember how difficult they could be and how their interest waned from subject to subject. They may have tough days, but they will always come back around to you, so try to relax and enjoy yourself.
Now that you’ve read this guide, you’re more than ready to plan a great day out for you and your grandkids – enjoy!