Learning From Our Grandparents

Gradparents' Day


With National Grandparents Day coming up this Sunday (September 8, 2013), grandparents are on our minds.  Our grandparents are special to us for many reasons.  They always seemed to have a treat on hand whenever we visited, and they often took us out on amazing adventures.  But while we may remember the trips to the zoo and the ice cream, we often forget that we’ve learned some valuable life lessons from our grandparents over the years.

Our grandparents have lived through a lot, and by listening to their stories, we can get an idea of just how easy we have it today.  While hearing the clichéd story of walking to school barefoot and uphill both ways may get a little boring, it’s important to realize that there’s more to the story than just the obvious.  These are the experiences that shaped our grandparents and made them who they are today.  Often, they didn’t have the luxury of being driven to the mall (or even have the luxury of a mall) every weekend.  They also did not have the screen time younger generations are accustomed to enjoying.  They had to invent their own ways of having fun, and they actually spent time outdoors, unlike many kids today.

After living through some hard times, our grandparents can teach us about being frugal and aware of how we spend our money.  While being green may seem like a new concept, our grandparents were reusing and recycling long before it was trendy.  Those who lived through the Great Depression, for example, know what it’s like to have to conserve resources.  During World War I and World War II, many things were unavailable due to the war efforts, rationing was common, and again our grandparents had to learn to do without or find alternate resources.  We can learn a lot from them about conservation and upcycling things.

Our grandparents also raised their own children and are wise enough to enjoy their grandchildren this time around.  Family is often the central focus of their lives, something we forget in our everyday living.

Often, grandparents are a major influence in our lives, and it’s important to remind them of just how special they are.  This Grandparents Day, be sure to show them just how great they are by sending them flowers, taking them out to lunch, calling them on the phone or just spending some time with them.

Surprising Facts About Grandparents in 2009

Grandparents' Day - Celebrate!


Grandparents today defy stereotypes.  They are more active – 43% exercise or play sports.  They are increasing in numbers,  making up one third of the US population.  And the average age of a grandparent is 48. 

Granparents are tech savvy.  75% are online and 55% play video games with their grandkids. Most grandparents find great joy in grandparenting. They love spending time with grandchildren, playing and teaching. 
And what do grandparents teach children?  Here’s a very short list:
Growing a plant from a seed
Writing a thank you note
Shuffling cards the cool way
Crocheting a scarf
Putting a golf ball
Makinge a hat out of newspaper
Setting the table
Telling time on an analog clock with hour and minute hands
Playing chess
Arranging a vase of flowers
Shooting pool
Performing tricks with a yo-yo
Declaring a thumb war
Baiting a hook
Using a compass
Doing a cartwheel
Making shadow puppets
Blowing bubbles with bubble gum
Shooting a rubber band
Making paper snowflakes
Doing magic tricks
Creating a flower necklace
Hunting for rocks
Climbing a tree

For those of us fortunate enough to have a grandparent who spent time with us and taught us things – we say, “Thank you!”

Flowers Make Great Granparents’ Day Gifts

From: Grandparents.com