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How to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day

How to Celebrate Grandparent's DayWhile nearly everyone knows the dates of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, even the most with-it moms may not know this Sunday, September 13, is Grandparent’s Day. That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on a pricey gift, but it is nice to remember the people who love to spoil your child.

Handmade gifts, or even a phone call or visit, might be the perfect offering. If your child’s grandparents live close, let your child spend the day, or even just a few hours, with them. What else can you do to make the day special for the grandparents in your baby’s life?

Handmade Crafts
While a greeting card is always a thoughtful gesture, if your child is old enough, a handmade card will mean even more. Even a preschooler or advanced toddler can make a card with construction paper and washable magic markers.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you may want to help your little one make this adorable “Cup of Love” mug. Let your child decide what to write on the cup, but you can help him along by suggesting phrases such as “#1 Grandma,” “I love you” and “You’re the best!”

Baked Goods
If your little one loves to help out in the kitchen, why not bake a special treat for Grandma and Grandpa’s special day? Keep in mind any special dietary needs older people may have, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. This recipe for oatmeal cookies, from Prevention’s Sugar Solution Cookbook, is true to its name: “Yummy, healthy oatmeal cookies.”

Unsweetened applesauce replaces butter and also reduces the amount of sugar required. The whole grain flour is absorbed more slowly than refined white flour, making this a safe snack (in moderation) for diabetics as well as anyone watching their weight. Kids can easily help by measuring and blending all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Be sure to keep preschoolers away from the hot oven, though.

Pictures, pictures, pictures
What grandparent doesn’t adore photos of their grandbabies? Ideally, we’d all have time to sit and scrapbook a whole album for every year of our child’s life, and then present it as a gift each Grandparent’s Day. In reality, we’re fortunate just to make time to upload digital images and order prints.

You can select one, two or three of your favorite pictures of your child and his grandparent and scrapbook just one page. Mount the page in a nice-looking frame and you have an inexpensive gift grandparents will love. Let your child select the photos and adornments.

Another creative and inexpensive gift is having pictures put on things like playing cards, a coffee mug, jewelry box or a calendar. Clark Color Labs has great deals on photography gifts as well as giving away free prints and free online storage of your photos!

A Day with the Grandparents
We all know that time with your kids is the best gift you can give to grandparents. Suggest some activities, or let the grandparents decide what they want to do with your kids for the day.

In honor of Grandparent’s Day, here are some more Babies Online articles about grandparents.

Happy Grandparent’s Day!


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