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The value that you can add to your grandchild's life

If you ever take time and speak with an adult who was fortunate enough to have a close relationship with their grandparent, they'll likely tell you about the many wonderful pieces of wisdom that they learned from their grandparents while growing up. Grandmothers and grandfathers have an important role to play in helping their grandchildren develop into productive adults. There's so much that you can teach them.

One important thing that grandparents can teach their grandkids is manners. You can encourage them to use those "magic" words like "please" and "thank you" when asking for or receiving items. You can also teach them how to hold doors for others, to help those in need and other courteous things that they can do for those around them. You can also teach them how to set the table and have them do that each time before you sit down for a meal.

You can use those opportunities in which you go out to a restaurant or other public place also as a learning experience for how your grandchildren should conduct themselves. You should let your grandkids know what type of behavior is expected of them before you head out to these places. You should also encourage them to be courteous and to ask for things instead of reaching for them.

Another thing that you can teach your grandchildren is how to have a proper phone conversation. You should practice the appropriate greeting that they may want to give, how to speak clearly and take a message when the caller is asking for someone who isn't home.

You may also want to discourage your grandchild from using technology including their cell phones when they're with you. You may want to have them perform "jobs" around the house or have them engage in more hands-on activities that will nurture their sense of exploration instead.

It's ideal for grandchildren to spend time with their grandparents. The generational difference can be key to equipping them with lost skills and make them feel listened to, loved and appreciated. This can help your grandchild grow into a much more well-rounded person in the future.

You don't have to lose touch with your grandchild simply because their parents here in Hamilton have split up. A grandparents' rights attorney can advise you how you can secure visitation time with your grandkids here in Ohio.

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