GRAND Magazine - January/February 2019 - 24

grandparenting

Grandparenting one-on-one
BY LINDA AND RICHARD EYRE

W

e find it a little surprising how many
grandparents have spent virtually no time
with their grandchildren one-on-one or
in situations where the parents are not present. Kids
are different in environments where their parents are
not with them. It brings out other aspects of their
personalities, and you see them in a different light.
We grandparents need to volunteer to babysit occasionally when it is just us and the kids, and find other
ways to get to know them by themselves, without
parents around.
In fact, we should make it our conscious goal to
get to know each grandchild one-on-one-to really
know them and to keep updating what we know
about them as they grow older. Get in the habit of
going on individual "Grandpa Dates" or "Grandma
Dates" with just one grandchild-a real one-on-one
experience. Take that child to lunch-and let him
or her pick the restaurant. Whether you have one
grandchild or twenty, make this a regular habit. Take
along an impressive-looking notebook or "grandkid
datebook," ask them questions, and take notes on
their answers. Tell them you want to know as much
as you can about them, so you can always be their
cheerleader and their helper. Ask them everything
from their favorite color and food to what they think
they might be when they grow up. Hand them the
pen and let them fill in some things in your notebook
like, "The three words that best describe me are . . ."
or "The best thing and the worst thing in my life right
now is . . ."
24 GRAND

JANUARY FEBRUARY 2019

Richard and Linda Eyre (smack in the middle) with all their kids, spouses and grandkids (so far).

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