Today I’d like to introduce you to my dear friend and fellow writer, Mary May Larmoyeux. I met Mary at Arkansas Writers’ Conference a number of years ago, and both being former teachers, we hit it off right away. Mary writes for Family Life magazine and is the author of Help for Busy Moms: Purposeful Living to Simplify Life. Now she and special education teacher Nancy Downing have published a new book about how we can develop closer relationships with our grandchildren.
Is There Anything Better Than Love?
A few years ago, when one of my granddaughters and her little brother spent the weekend, we made a cake together. When the kids’ parents came over for lunch the next day, they remarked that the cake was especially good. Our little granddaughter cocked her head. “Know why?” she asked her dad. “Why?” he said. “I poured the cake mix in with all of my love. The goodness you taste is my love.”
Love—there’s nothing better, is there?
And distance doesn’t stop true love … especially for a grandparent.
Maybe you’re a grandparent like me with grandkids who live nearby and far away. Or perhaps you’re a parent who longs for your kids to be connected with their grandparents.
Nancy Downing, who has been named a USA Today Teacher of the Year, and I just published a new eBook,The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Madelyn invited me to tell you about it. (Thanks, Maddie!)
Organized by month, it’s a handy reference that both Nancy and I personally use. Here are a few ideas for the month of January:
- Give your grandchild some new mittens/gloves—in his favorite color. Buy a pair in the same color for yourself. Periodically email or text your grandchild and say, “Today’s our blue mitten day.” Have a picture taken of yourself wearing the special mittens and send it to your grandchild.
- Enlarge a picture of you with your grandchild; have it laminated (at the local print shop or at a teacher supply store), and then cut it into pieces. You now have your own special puzzle for a young grandchild.
- Begin the year by sharing at least one family story with your grandchild. You might want to record this, print it on the computer, email it, etc. The important thing is to capture family stories so they won’t be lost.
- Write a letter to your grandchild on her birthday (include pictures).
- Purchase a Bible and record the dates when you pray special verses for your grandchild. You may want to include important dates in your legacy’s childhood. Keep a list of special ways that God has answered your prayers for your grandchild.
If you are a grandparent, what is one thing that you’ve done to connect with your grandkids? If you are a parent of young children, how are you helping them connect?