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As summer draws to a close, most families are preparing their children and teens to head back to school. The flurry of activity this time of year can be tough on a parent’s already busy schedule. In many families, both parents work outside the home. For others, the head of the household is a single parent who works long hours. Both situations can result in families requiring a helping hand to manage daily activities.
In recent years, grandparents have played an increasingly important role in their grandchildren’s lives. They help with tasks that are difficult for a working parent to cover, such as after-school car pool or ferrying kids to and from sports practices and other events. Involving grandparents in back-to-school preparations can help get the new school year off to a great start.
Here are some suggestions for involving the older generation of your family in the process this year.
Ways to Involve Grandparents When Heading Back-to-School
Don’t forget to get grandparents added to the list of people who can pick the kids up from school, and to get a copy of the windshield sign if one is required. Also, review the school’s drop-off/pick-up process together.
Make Time for Some Intergenerational Fun
Finally, don’t forget to make time to enjoy some intergenerational activities together before the days become hectic again. If time and budget permit, schedule a short family vacation to a national park or favorite beach. Even a backyard movie night can be a fun way to end the summer on a happy note!
If you are looking for ways you can all enjoy time together, 6 Activities That Encourage Intergenerational Interaction is a good article to read.