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Apart from being the constants in your life, grandparents serve as an important support system for your children. Despite their age gap, grandparents will always be your children’s biggest fans. Their unconditional love and devotion surely deserve to be acknowledged and appreciated. Here are some things you can express to your parents to let them know just how much your little ones cherish Grandpa and Grandma.

1. “Please visit us!”

With your family’s busy schedules, your parents will be thrilled at the opportunity to spend more quality time with the little ones. Nothing will make your parents happier than knowing that their presence is always welcomed. 

2. “Your grandchild talks about you all the time.”

Hearing that the little ones are thinking and talking about them even when they’re not visiting would make them very happy. It will also remind them that the role they play in their grandchildren's lives is significant and valued.

3. “I’d love to hear your opinion.”

Asking for your parents' opinion on issues that concern your life or that of your children can make them feel respected and appreciated. It will remind them that, no matter how much you and your spouse have grown as a couple, you will always need them as the guiding light to your marriage. Their years of experience have developed the gift of wisdom – one that can offer valuable insights to help you navigate parenthood. 

4. “Would you like to go out with me?” 

Spending quality time with their loved ones is one of the things that your parents are passionate about. If you haven’t seen them in a while, little gestures such as initiating a lunch date can assure them that you love and care for them. 

5 “Now that I’m a parent too, I respect and value all that you have done for me even more.”

Parenthood is a journey which comes with its ups and downs. Experiencing this stage of life has also changed the way you perceive your parents. They are more than just “Mum” and “Dad”, but real individuals who made sacrifices for you. Take the opportunity to thank your parents for their sacrifices, and let them know how much you respect them for always loving and supporting you.

6. “I really appreciate the gift you got me.”

As children transit into adulthood, they will tend to develop their own tastes and preferences, and a newfound sense of individuality. When it comes to picking gifts for you, your parents may worry if their choice of gifts will be appreciated. Lay their worries to rest by reminding them that their gifts will always be cherished. 

7. “We love you!”

Sometimes, this simple expression is all that it takes to make your parents’ day! Have your children pick up the phone and tell Grandma and Grandpa that they are loved. For all their time, care, and affection that they shower upon you and your family, make it a point to let them know just how grateful you are to have them around.  

Grandparents dedicate their lives to you and your family. Be sure to do your part in making them feel loved and valued. A little appreciation can go a long way in maintaining a healthy and happy relationship between grandparent and grandchild. 

Tags: Family Bonding /3 Generation Family /Grandparenting