The phrase “summer vacation” puts a smile on every kid’s face. Grandparents also love summer, because chances are the vacation plans might include them!
We had three days of continuous celebration of summer here in Lititz when our son’s family from Tulsa and our daughter’s family from Lancaster were united at our house. I’ve been planning for those three days even while traveling in Ireland in May. We made up a Google Doc in advance so that all the adults could chime in on the planning. Our son’s family had planned to visit a Dude Ranch and learn horseback riding. However, the ranch was too close to some wild fires, so their plans changed to a road trip in Colorado and New Mexico, followed by visits to Montclair, Lititz, and New York City.
The loss of the horseback experience gave me the idea to suggest an Amish “buggy” ride so that we could be close to horses and so we could view our location in Lancaster County the way eight millions tourists do every year. The idea was greeted with enthusiasm.
Tip #1: Visit the places tourists in your area visit. Trip Advisor is a good resource.
Tip #2 Plan, but be open to the natural rhythms the children create, exploring your space. They enjoy the familiar and love to revisit favorite places.
Tip #3 Have plenty of books available, and not just for bedtime. Younger children love when older children read to them.
Tip #4 If possible, include the larger family — in our case, great-grandmother and great aunts and uncles and second cousins.
Tip #5 Be mindful of, and grateful for, the ordinary wonders of each moment. Capture a few in photos.
What are YOUR tips for summer fun with grandchildren? One of the best rewards of writing a book on grandparenting is hearing the infinite number of creative ideas others have. If you are too far away to get together in person, here are some great tips for doing video chats.