Giving Thanks for Grandparents

As grandparents we are given new opportunities to play, love and appreciate seeing the little ones grow, mature and develop into loving human beings. Not that we didn’t see that with our own children but the stresses of parenthood, lifestyles and jobs sometimes got in our way. As grandparents we can find new ways to strengthen family ties, and provide joyful memories and valuable life lessons, in no particular order!

So why appreciate the grandparents?
• We provide the children with an opportunity to share in the things that we are passionate about and have the time to share. For example, we could read lots and lots of books or watch many movies over and over again the ways little kids like to. At the same time, we get to see the world through younger eyes.
• We may have hobbies or special skills that parents have no time for. We could find the time to bake or sew or garden and build things or fly kites and go fishing. We could provide kids with the time and tools needed to learn these skills.
• We teach them how to respect elders and that it is healthy to have a close relationship with someone at the opposite end of the age spectrum. They learn positive attitudes towards aging and lifestyles.
• We provide expanded support and encouragement to the children. We will cheer them on to the ends of the earth.
• Sometimes, we provide wisdom and input that only comes from experience that parents do not yet have.
• We get to interact with the children on a level that is once removed from the day-to-day responsibilities of parents so we could bond very nicely.
• From near or far (don’t count us out even we are in another state) we can provide continuity in a child’s life, visits, phone calls, skype. We do make ourselves available.
• We are the historians of our family and children do listen. The older we get, the more we remember. Both younger and older kids enjoy learning about their ancestors and relatives. We can even provide paper and drawing supplies so they can chart the family tree.
• We’re usually the cheapest babysitters you’ll ever find.

No one can ever describe to you what it feels like being a grandparent and I guess it’s different for each of us. For me, it is comparable to being a parent in that I feel all the love, but I have a very small cut of the work and duties. Parenting is as tough as it gets, grandparenting is easier.
Although our role as grandparents is important– offering significant and valuable input to both our children and grandchildren– truthfully, most of the time it is just plain fun! So, be grateful for grandparents because we are certainly grateful for grandchildren.

Happy Thanksgiving.

By Staten Islander Marianna Randazzo, author, educator, and grandmother.



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  1. Family Storytime: Spanish Read Aloud – Cuentos y Cantos

    April 25 @ 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  10:30 am - 10:30 pm
    South Beach Library
    Children and their parents/caregivers can enjoy stories, and songs in Spanish. Acompáñenos a compartir y cultivar nuestras raíces con otros padres y niños de la comunidad para fortalecer el aprendizaje de los niños a través de canciones y lectura en
  2. Story Time For All

    April 25 @ 11:00 am
    April 25, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Richmondtown Library
    Join us for interactive stories, songs, and coloring followed by play time for children to socialize. For Ages 18 months to 5 years.
  3. Clay Day

    April 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    SI Children's Museum
  4. Mechanical Wave Machine

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    South Beach Library
    Participants make a large-scale machine that demonstrates how waves work using wooden dowels, duct tape, and gummy candy. We will also demonstrate a simple oscilloscope that uses a laser beam to show how sound waves look. For ages 13 -18
  5. Lego Club

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library
    LEGO CLUB GET CREATIVE AND BUILD!!!! The library will supply legos, while you provide the imagination All materials must stay at the libray —- so bring a camera to document your creations!! first come— first served recommended for age 8-14
  6. Family Storytime: Stay & Play Storytime

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Tottenville Library
    First, we’ll share some fun, interactive stories together. Then we invite you to stay, play and enjoy the library’s toys & exploration stations. Meet other families in the neighborhood! Recommended for ages 3 and up. No pre-registration required.
  7. Bookcraft

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Stapleton Library
    Have a blast listening to stories and making a fun craft!
  8. Family Storytime: Picture Book Time

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    New Dorp Library
    Enjoy hearing books read aloud, fingerplays action rhymes and coloring. For ages 3 years and up with caregiver.
  9. Evening Group Hike

    April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Every Wednesday: Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles. There are some small climbs but it’s fairly easy. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven’t
  10. Peepers: Learning about Nature

    April 26 @ 9:45 am - 10:15 am
    April 26, 2018  |  9:45 am - 10:15 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Thursdays through May 31: Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, 2 year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 non-members/Free for Greenbelt Conservancy members