THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH IS GRANDPARENTS DAY!
Have you been searching for an idea for a gift for your parents, your grandparents or yourself for Grandparents’ Day? Just kidding. Most of you probably were totally unaware of such a “holiday.” But it’s happening on September 9th. Who knew that it’s always the Sunday after Labor Day?
Just a little heads up for those who would like to honor/celebrate Grandparents Day, (at the risk of self-promoting and with apologies if you have already have these books): Our grandparenting books are on sale at Amazon right now. They can be delivered to your door in two days to help you celebrate this special day.
We did our best to honor my mother by making chokecherry jam with a couple of our grown kids and a gaggle of our grandchildren. The bushes on our property in Park City are loaded with Chokecherries so hey, free fruit! We had so much fun remembering the great old tradition of making jam in the fall with my mom.
Sadly, Grandparents Day is a rather obscure holiday! It is always the Sunday following Labor Day, but who knew? I remember the schoolchildren (with the help of their teachers) honored their grandparents with a little handmade gift for their grandparents, but as a mother, that special day often slipped by without much hoopla or sometimes with a little regret that we missed it!
Grandparents can change the world! What’s up with that???
There are about 80 million grandparents in America…the biggest group on the history of the U.S. So they deserve a shout out once a year too, right?
An organization called Generations United has been trying to do something about it! Since 2011, Generations United has spearheaded an annual campaign to encourage all generations to Do Something Grand and engage with another generation on Grandparents Day. Here is their plea:
Grandparents and Older Adults: We’re asking you to commit to do something grand and share your wisdom, perspectives and key civic values with young people and advocate on their behalf.
Children, Youth, and Younger Adults: We’re asking you to commit to do something grand and connect and serve with your grandparents or older adults in your community.
We have also found a wonderful online magazine called GRAND. For a limited time you can subscribe free online! Check out the great ideas for grandparents HERE. The September Issue is out and includes thoughts from Paul Newman as told by a dear friend about his marvelous legacy of giving back. The magazine has graciously reviewed both of our books and has published our column called Deciding: What Kind of Grandparent Will You Be? Check it out! It has so many great ideas for Grandparents!