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What modern grandparents should know

If you can remember the problems you had with your very first baby before you got the hang of it, then it makes it easier to understand why dealing with grandchildren can also be tricky in the early stages.

For some grandparents, when you don’t see your grandkids all the time, it can be difficult to feel totally at ease with how to respond and what activities you can undertake with them.

Now UK’s leading retirement developer McCarthy and Stone have undertaken research to find out what is going on and what can be done by modern grandparents. Having talked to parents and grandchildren about what makes the greatest grandparent, they have compiled an “Ultimate Guide to Grandparenting” which is great for new grandparents and is also be entertaining with lots of good tips for experienced grandparents too.

The guide includes a list of the ’20 things every grandparent should know in the 21st century’, along with memory-making activities for grandparents and their grandchildren to try for themselves.
From laughing at rude jokes, to slipping their grandchildren extra pocket money when their parents aren’t looking, and letting them have chocolate cake for breakfast, the research shows that grandparents today are a mischievous bunch!
According to the research, new-age grandmas and grandpas should know how to play Candy Crush, send a Snapchat, and the words to all the songs in Disney’s Frozen.

And when it comes to spending quality time with the grandkids, the top five suggestions to make every grandparent a great one include baking a cake, taking a trip to the seaside, building a den, kicking up leaves and flying a kite.
Monica Collings, from McCarthy and Stone, comments: “We commissioned the ‘Ultimate Guide to Grandparenting’ because we wanted people to share their memories of their grandparents, and how fondly we all think of them. Having the time and freedom to spend with your grandchildren pays dividends for retirees, and is treasured time that children will remember forever.

“Not only do grandparents pass on valuable knowledge and advice, but as the research shows they take an active interest in their grandchildren’s lives. They teach children that it’s not all about games and gadgets but give them a different take on things that they might not otherwise get – something which is really important for us to cherish and celebrate.

“We hope that our downloadable guide will give grandparents a checklist of fun activities to tick off as they go, and encourage them and their grandchildren to enjoy some precious, quality time together.”

The guide recommends: 

20 ACTIVITES EVERY GRANDPARENTSHOULD DO WITH THEIR GRANDCHILD

1.

Bake a cake

2.

Take a trip to the seaside

3.

Build a den

4.

Kick up leaves

5.

Fly a kite

6.

Share old family photographs/albums

7.

Rock pool fishing

8.

Play pooh sticks

9.

Watch a black and white film

10.

Take a selfie

11.

Go to the park and feed the ducks

12.

Read a bedtime story

13.

Star gazing

14.

Blackberry picking

15.

Camp under a table on a rainy day

16.

Go to the zoo

17.

Play cards

18.

Do a jigsaw puzzle

19.

Paint a picture

20.

Go on a steam train 

The Guide also recommended the following list which here at Laterlife we were not so sure about….our experience with grandchildren is that they are happy to know grandparents don’t place tv programmes and computer games at the top of the important to know list.

18 THINGS GRANDPARENTS SHOULD KNOW IN THE 21ST CENTURY

1.

How to take a selfie

2.

The words to One Direction’s latest hit

3.

The difference between Peppa Pig and Mr Tumble

4.

Never admit to letting your grandchild stay up late

5.

What Minecraft is

6.

The art of photobombing

7.

The words to all the songs in Frozen

8.

The names of all the CBeebies characters

9.

What ‘Derpy’ and ‘Reem’ mean

10.

How to play Angry Birds and Candy Crush

11.

How to FaceTime the grandkids

12.

How to insert emojis into a text or WhatsApp

13.

The name of the latest X-Factor/Strictly winner

14.

Your Khloe Kardashian from your Kim Kardashian

15.

What Grumpy Cat is

16.

How to send a Snapchat

17.

Never admit to buying your grandchildren sweets on the way home from school

18.

How to twerk like Miley Cyrus

To  download a copy of ‘The Ultimate Guide to Grandparenting’, visit: http://www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/ultimategrandparentingguide

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