Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them as sense of history,” advises Susan Moon.
Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says Patricia Salem.
When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon.
Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem.
“Be careful to foster cooperation, rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turned-parent,” advises Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships.
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