Grandkids seem to have limitless energy. They keep grown ups on their toes, and on the move. But even those young bodies need some quiet time each day. Here are some simple ways for grandparents to enjoy quieter moments with the “grands”: 

  • Let your grandchild pick out a book and find a comfortable spot to snuggle together. Encourage your grandchild to read (or “read” the pictures) to you. You might also ask your grandchild to tell a favorite story. With a little luck, story time might lead to a little nap time too.  
  • Age-appropriate puzzles or board games are another way to slow down for a bit. Sit together at the kitchen table and recharge with a snack or drink. 
  • Side-by-side activities, like coloring or drawing together, can give you both some creative, quiet moments.  
  • Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and invite your grandchild to play nearby. Explain that you’re going to take a short coffee break. When the cup is empty, it will be “together playtime” again.  
  • Quiet time outdoors? It’s possible! Blowing bubbles for your grandchild to pop or providing chalk and requests for your grandchild to play chef and draw you a meal allows you to sit for a bit while your grandchild plays. (Can you draw me some spaghetti? What kind of sauce will it have? I’d like a salad, what vegetables can we put in it?) 

Quiet time may not always last as long as we’d like, but even a few moments of down time can help grown-ups and kids recharge for the day’s next adventure.