Grandparents are special, and that is why it is important to show them that you care.  September hosts Grandparents Day, so it is the month across the nation where we go out of our way to celebrate these special people!  What do you plan to do to support them and demonstrate your love?

We know it can be hard to find ways to help the grandparents in your life. Often times this is because of two reason: grandparents appear to have everything and they do not want to inconvenience you.  Need help getting started? From our family to yours, here are our ideas for how you could help your grandparents if you are stumped.

1. Pay them a visit. There is nothing more valuable than spending time with your loved ones. This is how you can show your grandparents that you truly care. They would love nothing more than to see your smiling face.

2. Share a meal together. Take the grandparents out to their favorite restaurant, or better yet cook them a meal yourself. Getting the grandkids involved is a great way for everyone to participate in this project. Wondering what recipe to use? Take a look in grandma’s own cookbook if you need a few ideas.

3. If grandparents live far away, pick up the phone and call them, or try sending them a letter. While phone calls are nice, there is something about a handwritten letter that makes the heart much happier, especially when it includes drawings from the grandkids.

4. Help them clean. Everyone knows that grandma loves a clean home. Surprise her by showing up with a broom in hand, ready to help. This will make your grandparents feel extra appreciated. Live far away? Hire a trusted company to come in and clean for them monthly.

5. Mow their lawn. Just like your grandmother loves a clean home, your grandfather loves a clean yard. Show your grandfather that you care by volunteering to help clean the lawn on.

6. Teach them how to use the latest technology. It means alot to your grandparents whenever you take the time to teach them something new. Show them how to update their phone, or maybe give them some insight on social media. The latter will help them stay connected to you and your kids as well.

7. Take the time to talk about the future. Although it can be a difficult conversation to have you all need to have a plan for the future. Making health care decisions, paying for long-term care, stepping in to help pay bills, will all be made easier if you all are able to plan early together. What better time than a month where the focus is grandparents?

Don’t hesitate to take the time you need to choose think what you could do for your grandparents this Grandparent’s Day; we hope these tips will help. This is an opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care and that you are there for them, don’t miss out! 

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Kevin Snyder is a husband, father, and an Orange County estate planning attorney and elder law attorney at Snyder Law, PC in Irvine, California. He is all about family and has a passion for educating his community about trust and estate planning, veterans issues, and how to protect what matters most.

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