I think it is so important to teach our children about the past generations. One of the best ways to do this is for them to spend as much time as possible with their grandparents. I have been very blessed that my son has had the opportunity to not only get to know his grandparents, but also 2 great-grandmothers. This has been one of the best ways that my son can learn about our family history and traditions and about how things used to be. He has learned countless lessons that will hopefully stay with him for a lifetime.
As important as this connection is for the children, it is just as crucial for the grandparents. Since the time my son was born 11 years ago, he has had the fortune of seeing my granny several times per week. Once he was old enough to start school, he has gone to my granny’s house almost every morning for breakfast and to get on the school bus. My granny is a widow and I cannot tell you how much this time has meant to her. There were days when I am sure she didn’t feel like getting out of bed, but knew that she had to; she had an important job to do! It is not always convenient to make that extra stop in the morning, but I know how much it means to both generations. This time spent together (even if it is just a few minutes in the morning) can never be equaled and I am so grateful for this blessing. This time has taught my son how to treat and respect the elderly. It does my heart good to see him treat older women at church with this same respect that he has learned through spending time with his grandmother.
Unfortunately, not everybody lives so close to their grandparents, but with the wonderful advances in technology, your child can connect with their grandparents via the internet or even better Skype. What a wonderful invention to help people stay connected across many miles.
I realize that not everybody still has living grandparents, but trust me; there is somebody out there that would love to be a “foster” grandparent to your child. Look for elderly people in your church or other social groups you are members of. Find somebody for your child to connect with. You will not be sorry! Your child will learn so much and the “foster” grandparent will benefit so much from this connection as well.