Quiet time with (for) grandparents

Recharging needn’t be boring or separate

Let’s face it: grandkids of almost any age seem to have limitless energy, compared to their grandparents (not to seem ageist). They keep us on the move.

Sometimes we need them to slow down a bit. And, the truth is, so do they. The smart folks at Sesame Street suggest some non-boring, engaging ways to encourage and enjoy calm moments:

  • Let your grandchild pick out a book and find a comfortable spot to snuggle together. Encourage your grandchild to read (or “read” the pictures) to you. You might also ask your grandchild to tell a favorite story. With a little luck, story time might lead to a little nap, too!
  • Puzzles or board games are always fun. Recharge with a healthy snack or drink.
  • Coloring or drawing together, some creative, quiet moments.
  • If you’re tired, invite your grandchild to play nearby. Explain that you’re going to take a short coffee break and that when the cup is empty, it will be “together playtime” again.
  • Quiet time outdoors? It’s possible! Try blowing bubbles for your grandchild to pop, or give him some outdoor chalk.

Quiet time may not always last long, but even a few moments of down time can help you both recharge for the day’s next adventure.

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