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Grandparents Day: September 12

grandparents holding grandchildren all laughing

Marian McQuade first brainstormed the idea of honoring the elderly with a “Grandparents Day,” which later became a nationally recognized holiday in 1978. McQuade, the original founder of Grandparents Day, was the mother to 15 children, grandmother to 40, and great-grandmother to 15.

Grandparents can have a profound effect on a child’s upbringing. Without the wisdom of grandparents, children may not understand what it was like to grow up without the technology and amenities of the modern world, and may not appreciate or value these common household items.

Another reason to celebrate our grandparents is that they help raise and shape their grandchildren. With both parents working in more households, coupled with rising daycare costs, retired grandparents have become a dependable source of daily child care, meaning they can be much more prominent in children’s lives.

Suggest or help make a homemade card, drawing, or crafty story with your child to give during an in-person visit or via mail as a present for Grandparents Day. Help a child make a phone call or video chat with their grandma, grandpa, nana, papa, or another special older adult in their life to let them know how valued and special they are to your family.

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