Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Importance of Grandparents Day by Josie Riviera

 Grandparents Day in the U.S. is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day.  The history began in 1969 when a 9 year old boy wrote a letter to President Nixon asking that a day be set aside to celebrate grandparents.

In 1978, President Carter signed the proclamation, and, the following year, Grandparents Day was celebrated for the first time.

Here are some interesting facts:

53% of grandparents take care of their grandchildren so that their parents can work.

In 2011, 4.8 million pre-school children, were cared for by a grandparent.

Every year, grandparents spend 52 billion dollars on their grandchildren.

Grandparents are family, and they won't be around forever. Expressing love and gratitude through a postcard, video chat, and/or letter, are always appreciated. A visit, a meal, or enjoying a hobby together such as puzzles or bird-watching, are ways that we can all appreciate and spend more time with our grandparents.

How do you spend time with your grandparents or loved ones? Please leave your comments below.

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  1. My grandparents are all long deceased, but I used to often play cards and spend the night with my paternal grandmother. We would also watch television - my addiction to the game show Jeopardy began at a young age! She played the piano and I would sometimes play in her living room, but it was far more fun to hear her play. My maternal grandparents lived out of town during most of my growing up years, but when they lived nearby I would sometimes spend a weekend with them and, as a child, got to "help" my grandfather restock the candy display at the restaurant he managed (he gave my sister & me free candy for doing this).

    1. Ah, Mary, what wonderful a lovely post. I especially relate to playing cards, as my mother used to love to play cards with her grandchildren. And, the memory of your grandmother playing piano is so special.

  2. As an immigrant living across the Atlantic, after age 5 didn't interact with my beloved Omas. My grandfathers were both deceased before I was born. I have been blessed to spend time with my 4 grandchildren, especially my 9 year old granddaughter. I watched her from age 3 months. Now I take her to school 4 mornings a week.