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Grandparents’ Day

Dad-KiteGet ready to celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Sunday Sept. 9, 2007.

My boys are fortunate that all four of their grandparents are alive, healthy, and active. They also have three great-grandparents who are over 90 and still living on their own. Spending time with each of them is special, and my husband and I often catch a glimpse into the lives of our parents and grandparents that’s different than we remember from our childhood. Maybe it’s because at this stage of their lives, they are unencumbered by the day-to-day parental responsibilities that sometimes leave my husband and me little time to slow down.

Recently my kids and I were captivated as we listened to a story my dad told about his childhood that I had never heard before – about how he used to make and fly kites as a kid. By sharing stories our family history is passed on to our kids and their kids and so on.

In June, my mom recorded my grandfather’s stories when StoryCorps Mobilebooth was in town. StoryCorps is a national oral history project that helps preserve these stories in sound.  They offer different ways to help record our family stories, including the Memory Loss initiative that sends recording equipment to you for free – the aim is to support and encourage people with memory loss to share their stories before it’s too late.

Grandparents play different roles depending on the particular family or culture. Help your kids celebrate and remember their grandparents every day.

Create a grandparents card with your kids – encourage kids to draw or write about a favorite activity they share (include a photo if you have one). Or send an eCard.

Read The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and illustrated by Chris Raschka

Call your grandparents to talk or plan a family outing.

Start a family memory book together – great suggestions on Genealogy.com.

Visit Providence Children’s Museum on Sunday, September 9. Grandparents are free all day!

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