For many children, time spent with grandma and grandpa on vacation can be a treasured time, full of memory-making adventures. If you are one of the many parents preparing to send your child to "Grandparents Camp," during the upcoming vacation break, here are some helpful tips to ensure your child and the grandparents in charge can make the most of the time together.
- Make sure your child knows his grandparents' real names and can recite their contact information. Many younger children may simply know their grandparents as "grandma" and "grandpa," or other traditional family names for grandparents. In case they ever get separated, your child should know his grandfather and grandmother's first and last name, phone number, and address. For toddlers and other young children who may not be able to recite this information from memory yet, be sure to include a contact card with these details inside the child's backpack and luggage. There are also many companies that sell bracelets with child contact and allergy info as well.
Spending one-on-one vacation time with grandparents can be such a wonderful experience for your child. He can learn to build deeper bonds with other adults who love him, while also gaining confidence and independence as he experiences life adventures in a supervised environment outside of his immediate family unit. Reviewing these key points before he embarks on his vacation away can help ensure he has a fun -- and safe -- adventure.
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