Summer is a time for family activities, enjoying children and grandchildren, and completing family projects.
We have a couple of oak church benches that we got from an old country meeting house no longer in use. We’ve kept them in our breeze way and front porch for the summer. They are too large for our house, and I wanted them cut down so we could keep them in our dining room.
Saturday was our day to make the long bench into love seats—the right size for the room. My husband and I cut the benches down and reattached the end pieces.
Our for-year-old grandson, Daniel, was very interested in the entire procedure. He watched the measuring process, studied the electric saw, and then covered his ears when my husband started the motor. He wanted nothing to do with it. But when it was time for my husband to use the electric drill, he wanted to help. (That noise was tolerable.)
My husband was infinitely patient with all Daniel’s questions and loved including him in the process.
Daniel was so happy and proud that he had helped rebuild the benches, he jumped around, telling everyone he saw about the drill.
Connecting with the generations is a win-win-win situation for all of us:
Children soak up the love from their Grandparents.
Children learn lessons from their Grandparents.
Children gain confidence from experiences with their Grandparents.
Parents like a break from their children from time to time.
Grandparents love being with their grandchildren.
Grandchildren are the loves of our lives.
Grandchildren bring us great joy!
Bring some joy into your life this week, spend time with your grandchildren.
There are more ideas in Family Talk, How to Organize Family Meeting to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships by Christy Monson. Available on Amazon or at www.christymonson.com