Are you looking for activities that can be enjoyed by three generations.
Do you want grandparents, parents and children to have fun together?
Several activities come to mind: reading, crafting, cooking, gardening and fishing.
This past week, when I was visiting my daughter and her family, we were able to do several of these and we all had an amazing time.
Encouraging young children to interact with their grandparents (or other older folk) is beneficial for everyone involved. Positive parental (or grandparental) participation is really an important component in building self-esteem and a positive self-image.
My grandson turned three on a Monday and his dad came home early from work so that we could all go for a lovely ride to see the fall foliage. Our destination was Wasserman Park, right in their town of Merrimack, NH.
While Jeremy and his dad played in the beautiful playground, my daughter and I put together the fishing rod and reel that had been one of the birthday presents from Jeremy’s Grampy, an avid fly-fisherman. Parents can purchase fishing rod and reel combos at their local Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart for about $20. You don’t have to buy the real kiddy ones that are more like toys. Just make sure the rod is not too long and the reel is easy to operate. This is a wonderful investment that will provide fun for the entire family and will help build a strong parent-child connection.
Down at the lake, Jeremy settled himself comfortably in my lap and we began to fish. Holding the rod grip in his left hand, he helped me cast out the little rubber worm. “Look, look, there’s my bobber!” he shouted excitedly. As he reeled in the line, the bobber skated across the surface of the water. When the bobber and worm had been retrieved, Jeremy cried, “Let’s do it again!”
And we did…dozens of times.
I’d like to say we caught lots of fish…but, to tell you the truth, no one cared that we didn’t even get a bite.
We all had the best time, enjoying the beautiful autumn day at a lake surrounded by the reds and yellows and greens and golds of the trees ablaze with their fall finery.
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