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Grand adventures – Grandparents play an important role

Grand adventures

Many will tell you, there is a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren that is the epitome of unconditional love, and they are right, according to GemLife Director and CEO Adrian Puljich.

“It’s a relationship based on appreciation, love, fun and pure joy, and one which many residents at GemLife treasure,” he said.

In fact, because of this bond, becoming a grandparent is one of the most special moments of a person’s life.

Adrian said spending time with grandchildren was something that was encouraged and supported at all GemLife resorts.

“Our resorts have many activities and experiences that can be enjoyed by all ages, especially in our country clubs which offer everything from pools to ten-pin bowling facilities,” he said.

“The children can also join their grandparents outdoors on activities such as taking the dog for a walk in the resorts’ dog runs. There are endless options available.”

The role of grandparents in family life is everchanging. They can be everything from a mentor and historian to a loving companion and childcare provider, particularly in this day-and-age when both parents are often working.

The degree of involvement of grandparents varies from one household to the next depending on a variety of circumstances such as proximity to grandchildren, relationship to parents, type of family structure, and interests.

Grandparents provide:

  • A mentor who can help with problem-solving
  • Someone to talk to and companionship
  • Kindness, patience, understanding and humour
  • Life lessons
  • Unconditional love
  • Family traditions
  • A sense of adventure

In some families, the role of grandparenting is almost seamless, passed down from the previous generation. This is a win-win situation for everyone.

Parents have someone they can talk with about parenting issues and can trust to watch their children when needed. Meanwhile grandparents can spend quality time with their grandchildren and become an important part of their lives. Being an actively engaged grandparent has innumerable benefits which add something truly unique and special to everyone’s life.

FUN THINGS TO DO WITH GRANDCHILDREN

Looking for some fun things to do with your grandkids? Here are a few ideas that might help.

Nature walk
Take the kids to a nearby park to see the sights and sounds of nature! Collect some treasures along the way, such as flowers and leaves, and make something special to remember your day.

Swimming
There is always lots of fun to be had by all ages during a day out at the pool or beach.

Arts and crafts
Most children love to get crafty! Whether drawing, colouring-in or having a go at knitting or crocheting, there are many arts and crafts to keep kids occupied.

Cooking and baking
If you like to cook or bake, get kids involved in the kitchen and making some tasty recipes.

Puzzles and games
Enjoy a little friendly competition with your littlest family member. Many of the board games you played with your children are still popular with your grandchild’s generation. Puzzles and card games, such as Hearts and Crazy Eights are also fun.

Gardening
Pass on your green thumb to your grandchild by growing berries, pumpkins, vegetables, or flowers together. Most kids get a kick out of using a watering can! Get your grandchild excited about gardening with their own set of tools.

Reading
There is nothing quite like a good book! Delve into your own treasure trove of books for your grandchild to read. If in doubt, no matter the age of your grandkids, they will enjoy Roald Dahl’s stories.

Playground time
Hitting the playground with an energetic child is a great way for you both to get exercise!

Movie day
Rainy days call for a trip to the movies.