For Grandmothers out there....

@coffeebreak (17824)
United States
April 14, 2008 7:27pm CST
What is the best little "tradition" that you have instigated with your grand children? Whether it is the same for all or a different one for each? My 8 yo GD and I do a detective day between school and girl scouts where we pretend to be detectives while having lunch at Burger King We do a thing where I'll always have a little gift for her every time she comes to my house. Nickel and dime stuff, but she loves it. My 2 yo GD, started when she was little and I rock her to sleep. She doesnt' do it for anyone else, just me and she collects her "nanny nap things", Silkie, Softie (2 little square of silk and fur), FuFU (her pacifier, which she only uses at this time and spits it out on her own when she falls asleep) and puppy (beanie baby basset hound). Then crawls up in my lap and tells me to put "nanny blankie" (a crocheted blanket someone made for my daughter when she was born and I brought her home from te hospital in it, my son, and both my GD's and now it is "nanny blankie" for their comfort!) and she pulls her shoes and socks off, sticks her little toes through the holes and laughs then snuggles and falls asleep. All I have to say is Thank God for kids!
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@julievy (595)
• United States
15 Apr 08
My grandson is 6. He loves to bake cookies with me when he comes here for a visit. I don't mind the mess (it's all washable) and he's very proud to be able to bring home some cookies that he made. I have 2 more grandchildren due within the next 2 months! I can't wait to find a new tradition to start with each of them.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
15 Apr 08
You are so lucky! I only get 2! Those are such fun times, aren't they? And you are right, it is all washable so why bother with that part of it, just have fun and make memories (and good cookies) with them! I taught my 2 yo GD to bake sugar cookie cutouts - at age 2,1/2 she had memorized the recipe and could do everything prior to the oven requirements and then once cooled, she'd organize and "control" the decorating of them!
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@julievy (595)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Don't worry, you'll get more grandkids. I only had the one for a long time, now all of the sudden both daughters in law are exploding (literally - they are both huge!) Alex has decorated Christmas cookies here a few times. He makes almost as much mess as his dad and uncle did when they were his age. By the way, both of my sons (in their 20's) still like to make cookies when they're here too. I think it's just because I have a dishwasher though, so they don't have as much mess to clean us as they do when they are at their own homes. Neither of their wives cook or bake.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
17 Apr 08
At 20? that is cool! You are lucky! I would LOVe that with my kids! Nether one of them really got into cooking/baking. They'd do crafts but weren't much on baking. That's be a great family day!
@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
17 Apr 08
I have heard you describe that 'detective day' before. Sounds like sooo much fun, coffeebreak. Yep those are the moments and the little things that help make grandparenting such a joy. I don't really have any traditions per se with my grandkids. I try to do Easter egg painting and Christmas paper chains, Thanksgiving turkeys, etc. fun stuff with them around the holidays. When we look at pictures of their mothers when they were young and I tell them things we used to do together, they get all excited and want to do them with me and Poppa too. I guess in a way we are creating little 'traditions' and fun experiences and I can never wait for the next times we are together. Thanks for starting this thread it has been great to read
@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
17 Apr 08
OOps, sorry. I forgot to tell you ages of my grandkids. My oldest daughter has a 6 yr old boy that we have partial custody of and my younger daughter has an almost 7 year old, a 5 yr old (both boys), a 2 yr old girl and she is due n October with her 4th. Yep, lot's of fun around here when we all get together!