GRANDPARENT JOURNALS

Children love stories from their family history. They make us feel special, connected and centered in the world. To make sure these stories aren’t lost, brainstorm questions your kids can ask their grandparents. If they’re old enough, kids can do interviews and write down the answers. Or write the questions in blank journals and encourage their grandparents to write out their answers. Your children will get a history lesson in the bargain! For a more interactive project, your family can record the stories and add old snapshots and news clippings. Read about one family’s experience creating grandparent journals.

Talk to your child: What would you like to know about Grandma and Grandpa when they were growing up? How do you think their childhood was different from yours?

Book to share: Our Grandparents: A Global Album by Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade and Cynthia Pon. Ages 4 and up. This beautiful book, with photographs of grandparents and grandchildren from around the world, shows children what’s universal about this unique relationship.