As a proud grandma, let me tell you that my grandkids are my world. They bring me more joy than I can express, and I’m always looking for ways to make them laugh and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Let’s face it, being a grandma is the best gig ever – I get to spoil them rotten, make up silly stories, and sneak them treats when their parents aren’t looking! But being a top-notch grandma takes more than just being a pushover. It takes creativity, patience, and a little bit of mischief to really win their hearts.
In this list, I’ll share some of my own grandma-approved ideas on how to be the best grandma ever, based on my own experiences and some hilarious mishaps along the way!
1. Spoil your grandkids with treats
One surefire way to win over your grandkids is to spoil them with their favorite treats! Whether it’s baking cookies, making ice cream sundaes, or whipping up a batch of their favorite candy, your grandkids will love you even more if you give them something sweet to indulge in.
2. Create fun traditions
Creating fun traditions with your grandkids is a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime. What will it be? A special game you play together? Maybe a yearly trip you take? Or how about a secret handshake you share? Whichever you choose, having something special to look forward to with grandma will make your grandkids feel loved and cherished!
3. Be silly and playful
Grandmas who aren’t afraid to be silly and playful with their grandkids are the ones who are truly unforgettable! Whether it’s dressing up in costumes, telling funny jokes, or doing a silly dance, letting loose and having fun with your grandkids will make them feel like they have the coolest grandma ever.
4. Teach them something new
You, dear grandma, are a wealth of knowledge, and sharing your skills and expertise with your grandkids is a great way to bond with them and leave a lasting impact. Whether it’s teaching them how to knit, sharing your favorite recipe, or passing on a beloved family tradition, your grandkids will appreciate the time and effort you put into teaching them something new!
5. Always be there for them
Above all, the best way to be the best grandma ever is to always be there for your grandkids, a la being a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, or a cheerleader at their big game. Being a constant source of support and love will make your grandkids feel like they can conquer the world with grandma by their side!
6. Take them on adventures
Explore a new park, go on a road trip, or take a trip to the museum, as grandmas who take their grandkids on adventures are the ones who create the most unforgettable memories. Exploring new places and trying new things together will create bonds that will last a lifetime.
Grandmas have lived through so much and have so many stories to share. Sharing your life experiences with your grandkids is a great way to connect with them and give them a glimpse into the past. Your grandkids will appreciate hearing about your life and learning about the world as it was when you were their age.
8. Create a special space
Creating a special space in your home that’s just for your grandkids is a great way to make them feel welcomed and loved! Make a cozy reading nook, a playroom, or a special bedroom, as having a space that’s all their own at grandma’s house will make your grandkids feel like they have a second home.
9. Celebrate milestones
Grandmas who celebrate their grandkids’ milestones with them are the ones who are truly special. If there’s a graduation, a birthday, or a big accomplishment, take the time to acknowledge and celebrate with your grandkids and show them how proud you are of them and how much you care.
10. Be a positive influence
The best way to be the best grandma ever is to be a positive influence in your grandkids’ lives. Encouraging them to be kind, work hard, and chase their dreams is a gift that will stay with them forever. Being a role model and mentor to your grandkids will make them feel loved, valued, and empowered.
11. Create crafts together
Crafts are a great way to bond with your grandkids and create something special that they can keep forever. Whether it’s painting, making jewelry, or creating a scrapbook, working on a project together will create lasting memories and provide a creative outlet for both you and your grandkids.
12. Have a movie night
Hosting a movie night with your grandkids is a fun way to spend quality time together! Choose a classic movie from your childhood or a new release, snuggle up with some popcorn, and enjoy a good movie in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.
13. Stay in touch
Staying in touch with your grandkids regularly is a great way to show them how much you care. Call, text, or video chat – whichever you choose, making time to check in and catch up on their lives will make them feel loved and valued!
14. Take them on a trip
Taking your grandkids on a trip, whether it’s a day trip to a nearby attraction or a vacation to a new place, is a great way to create new memories and strengthen your bond. Exploring new places and trying new things together will create an unforgettable experience that your grandkids will treasure for a lifetime.
15. Listen and give advice
Sometimes all your grandkids need is someone to listen to them and give them advice. Being there for them when they need a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on will make them feel supported and loved! Providing guidance and wisdom from your life experience will also help them navigate their own challenges and make important decisions.
And remember, grandmas, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to being the best grandma ever. Every grandkid is unique, and what works for one might not work for another.
Don’t be afraid to get creative, try new things, and embrace your inner goofball! Dance like nobody’s watching, sing at the top of your lungs, and never forget the power of a good, old-fashioned tickle fight. The best memories are made when you let loose and have fun with your grandkids.
And who knows, maybe one day they’ll tell their grandkids about the legendary grandma who always knew how to have a good time!