“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” Alex Haley
In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since in honor of our nation’s grandparents.
According to the National Grandparents Day website, the aim of National Grandparents Day is:
- To honor grandparents
- To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children
- To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
It is the time of year to let remind grandparents that they are important in our lives. Need some ideas?
- Create a keepsake of some kind
- Have the kids make a card, coloring page or other printable. Pinterest is a huge help here.
- Create a calendar full of memorable photos
- Interview a grandparent and learn more about their life
- Start a tradition of some kind; an annual sleepover, a baking contest, homemade spas day, fishing trip, etc
- Create a family tree
- Host a special family dinner
- Give a ‘Forget-me-not’. The official flower of Grandparent’s Day.
- Anything that shows love and appreciation to grandparents!