Grandkids should send thank-you notes

As technology changes so quickly, so does childhood. But grandparents often have their own standards of what was important to them growing up, or even when they were raising their own children. They can apply that to what they try to teach the youngest generation.

Grandparents are able to expand a child’s sense of time. While most young children may think of the future in terms of “my birthday’s coming up,” they also need to understand that there were events going on before they were born.

Eileen Flaherty of Westport likes to tell her grandchildren “what the world was like in the ‘olden days’ — their words, not mine.”

Flaherty meets, and commiserates with, many other grandparents in her job as receptionist at Westport Council on Aging. “We agree that grandchildren don’t take the time, for example, in sending thank-you notes. I spoke to them and told them that although it wasn’t important to them, it was important to me, and now I usually get a call and a thank you. Just a little thing, but it matters, because I took the time and it was done with love.”

[Read the full story at South Coast Today]

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