Celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day in September, National Grandparents Day has gained awareness over the last few years as the number of grandparents in the United States has risen.
Marian McQuade of West Virginia, a mother of 15 and grandmother to 40, has been recognized as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate youth about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history. She also urged the youth to "adopt" a grandparent, not just for one day a year, but rather for a lifetime.
McQuade worked with politicians across the United States and had Grandparents' Day established as a national observance day in 1978 as a way "to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer."
Here are a few ideas to help honor those special seniors in your life, as well as those who have been forgotten.
- Complete a family tree chart with your children
- Grandchildren can "interview" a grandparent about his/her life
- Grandparents can help grandchildren write names and dates on backs of old family photos to generate conversation about family history and ancestors
- Have you children draw or color pictures of their grandparents
Happy Grandparents Day from Giggles!