National Grandparents Day is typically celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day in the United States. This year, Grandparents Day falls on September 11th. Children have an opportunity to show their appreciation and love toward their grandparents (and other special older adult friends), and grandparents feel valued as their role is validated. This is a day to connect and spend quality time with your grandparents or older adults in your community- explore shared interests, a fun outing or creative project. How do you plan on celebrating the day? Here are some great ideas for making your loved one feel special this year:
- Cook a Family Recipe Together: Whether it's your grandmother's apple pie or your father's famous cheeseburger, enjoy time spent recreating the family traditions with your loved ones.
- Learn something new. Make it a day both grandma or grandpa and kids can master a new skill like designing your own t-shirts, painting or even something silly like creating balloon animals.
- Make a memory box. Fill a special box with photos, ticket stubs, vintage jewelry- any mementos from your past that have a story and special meaning to you!
- Make it a tradition. Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Grandparents Day, make it an annual tradition. Ongoing rituals provide framework for bonding and creating lifelong memories.
Happy National Grandparents Day!