You have so much valuable wisdom and life experience. Be willing to share your skills, your knowledge, and your expertise with your grandchild. Teach them to bake bread, build a birdhouse, change a tire, crochet, or learn something from you. They will not only gain valuable skills, but will also build valuable memories in the process.
10. Share Your Story
Tell stories about your life and the life of your grandchildren’s parents. Share stories about your family and your past. You are the keeper of your family’s legacy. Pass that treasure along to your grandchildren. They will cherish it.
When I think of the important role that grandparents play in the life of their grandchildren, I think of Titus 2:2-8, that instructs the older generation on how to live because of the impact that it has on the next generation coming after them.
“Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned…”
Grandparents, the space that you hold in your grandchild’s life is sacred. Only you are able to fill that particular role in their lives. You matter to your grandchild.
My grandparents are gone now, but the impact they had on my life will last forever. Grandparents can fulfill such a special role in the lives of their grandchildren and can make a meaningful difference in their world.
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