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Grandparenting During the Times of COVID-19

Grandparent looking at tablet in kitchen

Now more than ever, people are missing human connection, seeing their friends and family, hearing the laughter of their grandchildren and enjoying the company of those they love the most. While this is difficult for everyone, it is most often difficult for grandparents who are used to seeing their grandchildren and instead need to keep their distance to ensure they remain as healthy and well as possible.

“Although older adults may be missing their grandchildren greatly right now, it doesn’t mean that they can’t communicate at all,” says Pamela Klapproth, CEO at Kendal on Hudson, the only true Lifecare Community in Westchester County. “In fact, with a little innovation and someone who is tech-savvy, it might be easier than ever to connect!”

Tips for Connecting with Grandchildren During COVID-19

According to NextAvenue.org, there are a variety of ways to remain active and even more involved in your grandchildren’s lives, in spite of not being able to be face-to-face! Consider some of the following ways many grandparents and their families are maintaining a regular presence in their grandchildren’s lives during this pandemic while still staying safely apart.

  1. If you love baking together, host a cooking show over video chat. Schedule a time to meet over video chat and ensure your adult children know the recipe the both of you will be creating. It may not be the same as having your grandchild in the kitchen with you, but the laughs, lessons and quality time are still there!

  2. Schedule plenty of time to chat. Whether you are scheduling phone calls or video chats, setting aside a special time each night to enjoy each other’s company and chat about your day is a great way to stay in touch and bond. If your grandchildren are younger, try building a story together by each adding one part at a time, this is sure to get some laughs and memories made!

  3. Play games together. While it may seem difficult to play games over video chat, it’s actually easier than ever! Play a game of charades, Pictionary, 20 questions or Scattergories over FaceTime. This is the perfect way to get the whole family engaged and involved.

These aren’t the only ways that you can maintain your connection with your grandchildren! The article also lists things like reading bedtime stories, learning a language, assisting with studying, sharing life experiences and more as a fun way to connect and ensure you all stay healthy and engaged during COVID-19.

To learn more about fun ways to connect with grandchildren or to see how we can help you connect with others during this uncertain time, contact the team at Kendal on Hudson. We would be happy to share more information with you and make each day a little easier! Contact us today at 914-922-1000.