How Grandparents Can Help with Back-to-School Activities
It’s that time of the year again! Roads are filling up with big yellow buses, carting growing minds off to school. Parents are working hard to get the kids back on a schedule that can include hours of classes, homework, after-school activities like sports or music lessons, and then those all-important family dinners at the end of the long day. It’s the perfect time for grandparents to lend a helping hand!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Offer to help with carpool one or two days a week. Not only will it take some pressure off mom and dad, but it will give you some valuable one-on-one time with the grandkids. In a car, they’re a captive audience!
- Drop off a casserole on Sunday night – Mondays are hectic, but being able to pop something already made into the oven at the end of a long day will surely be appreciated.
- Don’t cook? You might consider giving your son or daughter a restaurant gift card. Budgets can be tight after all the back-to-school shopping, and being able to pick up dinner on the way home will be a treat.
- Consider volunteering at your grandchild’s school. It might be best to clear it with their parents first, but getting involved at school is not only a great way to give back to the community, but it’ll also allow you to connect with this huge part of your grandchild’s life. The PTA is the best place to begin for ideas on how to get plugged in.
- Offer to take the kids after school one or two days a week – especially if your child has to rely on babysitters or daycare for younger kids.
While mom and dad might have the primary role in back-to-school activities, there’s still a lot of room for grandparents to get involved. And the whole family benefits!