For many children, a trip to Grandma’s house is something they find dull. So you need to change this by making your place more exciting for your grandkids. I go all out to make sure my home is prepared for their stay. The idea being that they’ll have a much better time. This will make it more likely that they will want to spend time with you again. So you need to make sure you do this as well.
Get Some Movies
You’ll need to come up with plenty of ideas to keep the grandkids entertained. One of the best ways to do this is to stick on a movie. Speak to mum and dad and find out what the children’s favourite movies are. They might even bring them with them when they come to stay. So make sure you have a DVD player to play the movies.
In addition to movies, you need to have a good selection of games. I try to dig out as many classic board games as I can. These are a fun and educational way to keep the children entertained. We often play for hours and have a great time together. You might also think about things like models to keep the kids occupied. The idea is to generate excitement when they come and stay. They will need constant stimulation, so make sure you provide a selection of entertainment.
Set up the Bedroom
One thing you’re going to need to take the time to sort when the grandkids come is the bedroom. Now, how you set the room up will largely depend on the age of the kids. If there is a toddler or infant in the mix, you’ll need to take a look at a cot bed at Cuckooland. With older children, a regular bed will be sufficient. I always take the time to think hard about the sleeping arrangements.
Talk to Mum & Dad
When the kids are staying away from home many of them can get upset. Don’t take it personally; they just don’t like being away from mum and dad. However, there may be certain procedures or rituals that always have to happen. I always make sure I speak to mum and dad and find out if I need to do anything for the grandkids to make the stay more enjoyable. It’s always useful to have advice and suggestions from the parents to work on.
Make Their Favourite Food
We all know what children can be like when it comes to food. Many of them are fussy eaters, and they may not want to try anything new. I love to cook for all kinds of people, including the grandkids. But often their tastes and palates change on a regular basis. So I’ve stopped experimenting with new stuff for them to try. Nowadays I like to stick to making their favourite kinds of food. This way I know there will be no problems with getting them to eat it all. If you’re unsure about what their favourite foods are consult mum and dad!
If you want your grandkids to come over for repeat visits, they’re going to have to have a good time. Make sure you make your place as kid-friendly as possible. The idea is to turn your place into a home away from home. Somewhere the children can relax, unwind, and have a great time.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.