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. Marian T. Zinicola AKA “Marty the Psychic”

    April 29
    April 29, 2017  |  12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
    Marty, a native Staten Islander of Italian descent, will discuss her new book, “Soul Bonding.”
  2. Movies Under the Stars: Doctor Strange

    April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    April 29, 2017  |  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Clove Lakes Park
    Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film. Know Before You Go You should arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit
  3. The World’s Largest Game of Musical Chairs

    April 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    April 30, 2017  |  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    South Beach
    This is an all borough event. We’re getting together at the South Beach Boardwalk to break The Guinness World’s record & raise funds to promote awareness for Protecting One Young Heart at a Time in memory of Frank J. Reali
  4. NYRR Open Run

    April 30 @ 9:00 am
    April 30, 2017  |  9:00 am - 9:00 am
    Conference House Park
    Join New York Road Runners for free weekly runs in your neighborhood! Open to all ages and experience levels. Walkers, strollers, and dogs on leash are welcome. Cost: Free, no advance registration required. Sign up here.
  5. Nature Photography

    April 30 @ 11:00 am
    April 30, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Silver Lake Park
    Bring your camera and get inspired by the powerful images of nature in winter. Registration Required: www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register On Wednesday, April 19th
  6. Kayak Tour

    April 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    April 30, 2017  |  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Freshkills Park
    Join Freshkills Park staff and Kayak Staten Island for a kayaking experience like no other! This excursion along the park’s waterways will take you into the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge and up close to some of the park’s varied
  7. Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

    April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 30, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Alice Austen House Museum
    Join in a global event! Take your own pinhole photos on the museum’s grounds and process them in our pop-up darkroom. First exposure free; $5 per additional exposure.
  8. Farm Day & Shear Madness

    April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    April 30, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Staten Island Zoo
    It’s hard work running a farm, especially with all the animals that need attention! And spring is sheep shearing time, removing the heavy winter coats from our flock at the Children’s Center! Professional sheep shearers will demonstrate how the wool
  9. Puzzles

    April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 30, 2017  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Arts Vocabulary; create your own jigsaw puzzle.
  10. Animal Time

    April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    April 30, 2017  |  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Join us for this daily program and meet one of the animals from our living collection. Check the white board at the museum for details.