8 Traditions to Start With Your Grandkids Now

Having traditions with your grandkids builds lifelong memories and helps you leave a legacy of love. Here are eight ideas for building meaningful traditions with your grandchildren.

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Are you looking forward to spending some quality time with your grandchildren this holiday season? This is a perfect opportunity to foster your relationship and maybe even start a new tradition! Having traditions with your grandkids builds lifelong memories and helps you leave a legacy of love that lasts long after you’re gone. Here are eight ideas for building meaningful traditions with your grandchildren this holiday season and beyond.

  • 1

    Have Seasonal or Holiday Traditions

    For many adults, the best childhood memories are associated with seasons and holidays. With this in mind, you can establish lasting memories with your grandchildren by establishing beloved seasonal or holiday traditions and enjoying them year after year. For example, you could host an annual Easter egg hunt in the spring, or you could visit a local fireworks display for the Fourth of July. In the fall, you go to an apple orchard, or during the holidays you could see “The Nutcracker” ballet.

  • 2

    Make a Favorite Restaurant a Special Spot for You and Your Grandkids

    Choose a close by, inexpensive restaurant that serves food your grandkids enjoy. Take your grandkids there often—or every time they visit if they live out of town. Use this as an opportunity to ask your grandchildren intentional questions and chat about life. Make it fun and play a game with them while you wait for your food, such as tic-tac-toe, I spy or hangman.

  • 3

    Establish a Birthday Tradition

    Celebrate your grandchildren’s special days year after year with a meaningful birthday tradition. Take them to a special restaurant or on a fun outing to the zoo. Or you could simply give them a call each year and sing “Happy Birthday” in your silliest voice.

  • 4

    Establish a Signature Dish

    Is there a special food that you like to make for your grandkids? Regularly cooking this dish when you see them will surely become a favorite tradition. Whether it’s morning pancakes or gooey macaroni and cheese, it doesn’t need to be complicated or gourmet! Over time, the dish becomes more than just food as it takes on special memories.

  • 5

    Have a Go-To Game

    Playing games is a wonderful way to spend intentional time with your grandkids. Choose a game that your grandkids like to play and make a point to play it every time you visit. Someday, your grandchildren will look back with fond memories of playing this game with you—and they may even carry on the tradition with their own kids and grandkids.

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  • 6

    Be Pen Pals

    In today’s digital age of texting and emails, receiving snail mail feels special—especially for children! Become your grandchildren’s pen pal by sending letters and postcards back and forth. Share what’s happening in your day-to-day life and maybe throw in some stories from your childhood. Your grandchildren will surely look forward to and cherish your letters just as much as you do theirs!

  • 7

    Create Ongoing Memory Books

    Get a notebook for each of your grandkids and record special memories with your grandkids in them. Jot down fun times, silly stories and meaningful moments. You could even turn the notebooks into scrapbooks of sorts and include ticket stubs, pamphlets and photos from your time together. Let your grandchildren in on the fun and have them record in the notebooks, too. Someday, these memory books are sure to be treasured heirlooms.

  • 8

    Have a Special Ritual for Saying Hello/Goodbye

    Whether it’s a routine toot toot of the car horn, an obligatory “See ya later, alligator,” or an expected wave from the window that lasts until the car is out of sight, your grandkids will wait for and be tickled by this simple tradition each and every time.  Having a signature hello/goodbye is also a great way to build a tradition with out-of-town grandkids.

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