5 Tips for Great Grandparent Memories
1 – Prepare a scrapbook with old photos, the name of the person, and their relationship to your child.
2 – Display photos of grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. on a wall in your home.
3 – Think about your family name, or first names that have been passed down from relatives. Talk about why we remember those departed by using their names for new generations.
4 – If you have possessions that belonged to a deceased relative, mention that it was "Granny Smith’s pitcher" or "my moms favorite chair".
5 – Help your child make a family tree, regardless of how many branches or limbs it may develop. Talk together about this tree, and the importance of being a family.
Elaine Fantle Shimberg, is the author of Blending Families (Berkley Books)