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A holiday with Grandparents

I have been lucky enough to be blessed with a niece in the past year, and with that, my parents became first time Grandparents. The joy that the little girl brings to all in her extended family makes us wonder how we ever survived without her!

One of the best things about being a grandparent is having the benefit of interacting on a level that is once removed from the day-to-day responsibilities of being a parent. I know many Grandparents who relish the opportunity to share the things that they are passionate about with a new audience. Quite often, the grandchild brings a new way of seeing the world to their grandparents, through their younger eyes. Grand-parenting is an opportunity to play all those old games, to love someone new, to appreciate the developing mind, and to really feel needed by someone again.

A fantastic way to spend quality time with a grandchild is to get outside and enjoy nature. Whether that be by taking a walk with the pram along the Fairy Glen river, and reciting the folklore stories that you heard when growing up of fairy rings and castles. Or by taking a trip to Murlough Sand Dunes, to throw stones into the waves as they splash onto the beach. Children really enjoy the simple activities of exploring outdoors, and more importantly, having an adult that has the time to let them do so.

A holiday with Grandparents

Taking a holiday with your grandchildren is another great idea. If you don’t want to have the pressure of looking after them all by yourself, why not bring their parents along too? Rent somewhere big enough to give you all your own space, then take turns getting to spend fun holiday time with the children. The best thing about being away from home is the chance to be free of all the usual chores and commitments. Make sure the place is child-friendly, and provides essentials such as cots and highchairs, to make your holiday as stress free as possible.


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