This current school year has been unique - my oldest grandson started at home and was able to move to in-class last Fall (with the occasional two weeks back at home), my middle grandson started school at home for the first trimester and then moved to in-class school (with the occasional two weeks back at home), and my youngest grandson has been in virtual school from home all school year. This is certainly not what any of us thought this school year would look like - it has not been horrible or sad, just different than we expected.The children we love are experiencing things we never experienced when we were their age. Not only have their school year been unexpected, but they do not have as many opportunities to get out and do things with others, so they spend their time together at home (or at my house) which could cause them to "get under the skin" of one another.
We need to help the children we love understand while many things in their lives have changed, our love for them remains steadfast and solid. We need to be sure they understand how we see them as some of God's greatest blessings in our lives and we are ever so thankful for them and for the people God created them to be. Make sure they know you believe God knew what He was doing when He created them and He did not make any mistakes - they are incredible blessings - gifts from the hand of God, and you are ever so thankful for them!
Take a pad of sticky notes and without "unsticking" the sticky notes, write something for which you are thankful about your grandchild on each page of the sticky note pad. Do this for each grandchild and send it to them. Tell them to remove one piece of sticky note pad paper each day to see the things for which you are thankful about them. (Tell them they may not peek ahead!) With their parent's permission, encourage them to put each daily page on the wall by their bed where they will see them and be reminded of how valuable they are to you.
This is just one way to remind the children you love of how very much they are loved - this is an important thing for us to do at all times, but even more so now with so many things in their lives changed due to COVID-19.
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