Teens will get busy with their friends, tweens are busy trying to be teens and toddlers usually are not phone friendly, but when it comes to grandparents, they look forward to the connection of hearing the voice of their grandchildren. As a parent, it is our job to encourage our kids (including teens and young adults) to keep in touch. Friends can come and go, however your family is always going to be your family.
Many grandparents do not live in the same cities as their grandchildren. In between visits, they usually will try to keep in contact with the grandchildren through phone calls. Since grandchildren can range in age from toddlers to teenagers, the topics of those conversations can cover a wide spectrum.
Here are few to consider:
- School – For grandkids that are of school age, or even college age, grandparents are bound to ask how the kids are liking their studies and what they’re grades are. It’s any subject to bring up, but may require some very specific questions in order to get much of a response.
- Birthday gifts – Kids will have no trouble talking about this subject. ‘What would you like for your birthday?’ is a question that is to bound peak the interest of a grandchild, no matter what their age.
- Visits – Talking about upcoming visits and building anticipation for that future contact is another common subject. If not the future visit, then it may be reminders of the fun things that they did on their previous visit with the grandparents.
- Sports Activities – If the kids are involved in sports activities, grandparents are bound to ask about new things they’re learning and how their teams are doing in competition.
- Music lessons – Kids, which are taking music lessons such as piano or guitar, will certainly be asked about whether or not they are enjoying their lessons. They may even be asked to play a piece for the grandparents over the phone.
- Holidays – Since holidays are times when grandparents often receive a visit from, or make a visit to, their grandchildren, this may be a frequent topic of conversation as well. If there isn’t to be a visit, the topic may center around the plans of the grandchild and their parents for the upcoming holidays.
- Church activities – If the grandchildren are involved in church related activities, the grandparents will likely want to know what new things the children are learning at church. If the kids are involved musically in church, grandparents will certainly want to know about their participation in that area as well.
- Loose teeth – For elementary age grandchildren, the loss of teeth are important milestones. Grandparents are bound to hear reports on any new loose teeth or loss of teeth for these kids.
- Daily activities – Conversations often start with questions about how the child has spent their time on that particular day. For young children, anything beyond a few hours past may be difficult to recall.
- Friends – Grandparents may be familiar with some of the friends of their grandchildren and inquire about them. As grandkids enter the teen and young adult years, they’re bound to be asked about girls and boys they are dating as well.
The topics of conversation between grandparents and their grandchildren are not really what is important to either participant. It is simply the opportunity to hear one another’s voice that really matters.
Source: Home Phone Service
In March The Florida Times Union of Jacksonville posted an article about what kids say: Parents, grandparents: Tell us funny stories about the kids in your life.
Give your grandparents a story to tell. They are your biggest fans and it doesn’t take much to make them proud. Someday you will wish you took that time to make that call. Do it today, don’t have regrets later.