This Sunday, Sept. 7, is National Grandparents Day in the United States. Do something to honor your grandparents—and if you are a grandparent, to honor your bond with your grandchildren.
My two rugrats with my grandma, their great-grandma.
Here are a few National Grandparents Day ideas:
- Pass down old family stories to your grandchild. You could fill a notebook, record yourself talking, or fill in a book of prompts such as Stories From My Grandparent.
- Have your children interview their grandparents (here are some helpful tips and questions to ask), or interview your own grandparent, if you’re lucky enough to still have him or her in your life.
- You might know a lot about the lives of your own grandparents, a relatively recent generation, genealogically speaking. Even so, you could focus on fleshing out what you know with newspaper research and local histories, and/or sum up your research and your memories about your grandparent in an essay.
- Recreate a favorite recipe from Grandma or great-grandma. You also could record their recipes on decorative recipe cards or in a book such as From the Family Kitchen.
- Use ideas from the Zap the Grandma Gap book series by Janet Hovorka to engage your grandchildren in family history activities.
- Create a “generations” photo like this one, with a member of your family’s oldest generation holding a photo of his or her child, who’s holding a photo of his or her child. In most cases, the photo is “faked”: You take a picture of each person holding an empty frame, then use photo-editing software to add a picture into the frame. Lots of tutorials are available online; here’s one.
How will you celebrate Grandparents’ Day?