“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” — Sam Levenson

It goes without saying that grandparents are a special breed. Whether they’re connected by blood or just by love, they deserve recognition for the immense impact that they have on your little ones. National Grandparents Day is September 12, 2021 so why not reflect on the grandparents in your lives to prepare for such a special day?

I’ll start…

As a child, I was blessed with grandparents galore and I have fond memories of each and every one of them. They attended softball games, had sleepovers, came to birthday parties, and showed support at any other tiny event in my life that could have deserved recognition. Often, they travelled a few hours just to do these things… and the best part? They’re still around and making those trips! I’m so happy to have these people in my children’s lives; my grandparents have helped usher in a new generation and have done it beautifully. I’m a better person for having such amazing people in my life and I am forever grateful for that.

“Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven’t thought of yet.” — Gene Perret

An amazing part of becoming a parent was watching my children have those same relationships with their grandparents. I know for a fact that without my parents and in-laws, our lives would be crumbling. I recently went from being a stay-at-home mom to working full-time; this would absolutely not have been possible if we couldn’t rely on grandparents for help. They babysit, they cook, they offer advice, and they show my kiddos love and patience like no one else can. Does my dad teach my daughter ridiculous things that make her look a little silly? Absolutely! Does my son follow grandma around like a shadow and get in the way while she cooks? 100% yes. But that’s part of their special bond now and they are making memories to last a lifetime. I wouldn’t trade those loud, silly, and slightly chaotic moments for anything. 

How to Celebrate?

Homemade cards, a phone call, or making a simple edible treat are some of the easiest ways to show grandparents that you care. Show your appreciation with a handprint keepsake, make them dinner, or even just frame a photo that you took of them with your little ones. I truly think one of the simplest things to do is show your appreciation for all that grandparents do; find what they love about spending time with your kids and focus on that. Do they garden together? Make a unique watering can. Baseball fans? Handprint on a ball or customize a baseball card with birth stats of your little one. Maybe they’re really into pedicures and a gift card to their favorite spa is the best option. Bottom line: give them a gift that reminds them of why they hold the special title that they do! 

“If you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can.” — Regina Brett

So whether you call them Grandma & Grandpa, Nana & Bompa, Nonny & Poppy, or any other unique and loving name… celebrate them and wish them a Happy National Grandparents Day! 

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Kimberly has been a Southern California girl from day one. At age 22, she tried something new…online dating! This proved a success and she met a nice SoCal guy named Max; they married in 2017, traveled to some of the most amazing parts of the world, tried living in different states, and eventually made their way back to the West Coast. Kimberly spent her (pre-mom) time working in childcare and on finishing her degree. In 2020, Kimberly completed school while being a stay-at-home mom and now holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Her and Max currently reside in Newbury Park with their two hilarious, sweet, and full-of-personality babies: Abby (2.5) and Ben (1). Oh, and Bear, their 5 year old dog! She works her part-time side job while spending her days with her little ones and any down time is spent crafting, walking through Target, or re-watching Schitt’s Creek. Weekends are for family and this group of four can be found at the zoo, aquarium, farm, or just spending time with their large and local family.

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