Caterina Ardiccioni. Kids Room Ideas. April 30th , 2017.
In an online survey I asked 1,500 kids “What do you wish your parents did differently?” The overwhelming response was not what I expected. I expected them to want more freedom, a later curfew, or another gadget. Instead, what teens said they wished their parents did differently was listen to them more often. I received responses like these: “I wish my parents really listened to me instead of just acting like super mom and super dad.” “I would love it if my mom was around more often to hear what was going on in my life. We rarely catch up.” These kids didn’t mean they wished their parents gave them solutions, advice or solved their problems. They simply wanted to be heard and respected. Something technology doesn’t solve.
1. Ask each of the grandkids to draw a picture of themselves enjoying time with Grandpa and to include a note letting him know how they feel about him. This can be an annual tradition, and you can showcase the letters and drawings in a special keepsake album.
2. Write a letter to your father or father-in-law to let him know how you feel about him and about his role as grandfather. Tell him what you admire about him and the kind of effect he has had on his grandchildren. Talk about his legacy as a man and as a grandfather.
Denise Oliveri has been teaching Sunday School for the past 13 years. She is the owner of Preschool Sunday School Central, a leading online resource for preschool Sunday School teachers.
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