Grandparents gathered for a PEPS quarterly grandparent happy hour to celebrate National Grandparents Day. Jan Faull facilitated the discussion on kids and positive social behavior.
We asked attendees to sit at tables organized the age of their grandchild(ren). Discussion was animated, and grandparents talked about their role being involved. Here’s a look at what they shared:
What do you want your children to know (about you)? What legacy do you want to leave them?
- The love for books.
- To teach them that the key to success is to get up every morning and go to work!
- To teach them to work smarter not harder.
- To transmit my/our heritage.
- To share where our family came from.
- To teach my grandchildren how to fix things.
- To teach them that change is good! Even in your own family.
- I want to be physically connected to my grandchildren; something that we never received from our grandparents or parents.
- I want to talk more about which places I traveled to and what I learned.
- I want them to appreciate the outdoors.
- Laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Value people who are different from you.
- If you fall down, you can get up – the lesson of resiliency.
- Think for yourself, do what you think is right.
- I want to teach them the benefits of knowing the world.
- My Italian upbringing and our heritage.
- I want my grandchildren to know that I lived in a world without technology and what that was like.
- I want them to know that I did accomplish hiking the Camino.
We are so grateful for all these grandparents, who want to play an active and conscious role in their grandchildren’s lives and support their children. As one grandfather stated it at the event, “We want to be in synch with our kids in raising their children.” The next PEPS event for grandparents is December 6.