grandchildren are coming to stay. You're excited. But then you
begin to worry. Will they be bored? How will you occupy them when
they leave their mountain bikes and computer games behind? Relax.
it's the differences in the way time is spent with Grandparents
that makes it so memorable. Working Mums don't get much time to
bake cakes and knit doll's clothes. Busy Dads don't get round to
going swimming or having a game of chess. That's not to say that a
few ideas up your sleeve would be wasted. If your home environment
is very different from theirs--i.e., town and country--then there
will be lots to see and do. If not, dream up a couple of walks to
parks or museums they never visit, take the bus if they go
everywhere by car, visit a proper restaurant or coffee shop
instead of fast food outlets.
to find photographs of when you were children and tell them about
your life then. Perhaps you could start a family tree book
together with photographs and a few lines about each person. Older
children staying for a weekend or longer might like to help
Grandad with a day project, putting in a pond or laying a few
paving stones. Boys or girls would enjoy learning how to make
sausage rolls and real lemonade to drink afterwards. You could
teach them how to play some of the old fashioned games like jacks
or marbles, or show them how to press flowers, leaves and grasses
as a lovely reminder of their holiday.