I want to start off by saying happy Grandparent’s Day to all the grandparents out there! I hope you have a great day filled with fun with your grandchildren.
Dear Nana and Papa, Grandma and Papa, and all the other grandparents out there,
I want to start out by saying that I love you all so much. You have influenced my life in so many ways throughout the years, and will continue to do so in the years to come. We always have fun, no matter what we are doing, simply because we are together. You love me for who I am, not for what I am not. You don’t judge me, you just simply love me. We have had so many fun times together, whether we are running errands, eating at a restaurant, going to the wildlife safari park, going for boat rides, going swimming, etc. These are memories that I will always remember. Thank you for these memories.
I also want to acknowledge the fact that having a grandchild with special-isms may not always be easy. This may especially be the case if your first or second grandchild has special-isms. Things may not be so-called typical, but that’s okay. Even though you may be sad at times, know that your grandchild is happy, and just wants to be loved. You need to work through the sadness of what you had hoped for your grandchild, and just focus on the present and love your grandchild for who they are. The future may surprise you; your grandchild, like your children and other grandchildren will make you proud. They may make you proud by doing different things, but that’s okay. You will be one of your grandchild’s best cheerleaders; be sure to cheer them on, and let them know that you are proud of them.
If you don’t know or understand something that your grandchild is doing/saying or something about your grandchild, ask them or their parents. If you are interested about learning more about their special-ism, ask their parents or others for good book and website recommendations. Most importantly, leave each visit with your grandchild knowing that they love you very much, even if they are not able to tell you that they love you.
*I want to dedicate this article to my Nana and Papa and my Grandma and Papa. I love you all very much! :)*
How Grandparents Can Support Their Grandchild
- Take your grandchild or their parents lead.
- Believe in your grandchild(ren).
- Love your grandchild(ren) for who they are.
- Never be afraid to ask questions about something that you do not understand.
- Have fun and make memories with your grandchild(ren)!