I’m super excited to be a guest blogger on Two Late Bloomers where Frieda Dixon encourages senior adults to live life to the fullest. Frieda is an author, blogger, and speaker. She wrote about God’s amazing gift of second chances in her memoir, Born Three Times.
Be sure to share this post with the seniors in your life.
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter officially designated the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This year’s celebration will be held on September 11, 2016—also the 15thanniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. National Grandparents’ Day is a secular holiday celebrated to honor grandparents for their contribution to our lives, and to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
Because of instant communication and easier travel, today’s Grandparents have many opportunities to influence the lives of their grandchildren. One of the most beneficial is to encourage their education. Those with financial means might choose to contribute to a 529 Savings Plan that will provide funds when college time rolls around. Another worthwhile way to support their education efforts is to encourage and support those grandchildren who are home schooled.
The concept of homeschooling can be hard for grandparents to understand since it wasn’t a something they grew up with. Even if they don’t understand why their adult child decided to homeschool, they have an abundance of patience and experience to share with the next generation. Homeschooling is rewarding, but at times, a daunting task. Have you considered how you can help?
5 Ways Grandparents Can Help to Homeschool
- Be a Positive Encourager Live in another state? Dread the idea of helping with school? Truth is, your adult child could be struggling with the decision themselves, but need to homeschool because of a bullying or learning problem. Let them know you support their decision to homeschool. Encouraging words will go a long way to strengthen their confidence.
- Financial Help Homeschool is less expensive than private school, but still isn’t cheap. Consider buying a year’s pass to the zoo, an amusement park or museum. Some grandparents help by paying for music lessons or sporting activities. If that’s too much, consider purchasing school supplies or fast food gift cards for a treat when the kids are on an outing.
- Tutoring Brush up on your skills and teach a new math concept, conduct a science experiment or complete a building project together. Read aloud a favorite book from your childhood—there are multiple opportunities. Out of town grandparents can Skype, use Face Time or text to be part of the learning environment.
- Field Trip! Here’s the chance to share your passion like your favorite museum or hiking trail. Taking the kids on a factory tour while mom stays home would be a nice break for her. Need an idea? Start your search for field trip ideas on the internet.
- Baby Sit If you live nearby, I can’t think of a better way to help then taking your preschool grandchild for a morning or two. Preschoolers are full of love and life but pose a challenge when older kids need a one-on-one lesson.
Grandparents enjoy time with their grandkids and have a role in the family’s activities. More than just spending time and helping out, they’re building a memory. And along with the memory, everyone involved is blessed.
Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.