How to Have a Great Relationship With Your Grandparents

How To Have Great Relationship With Grandparents

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While you were just a child, you've probably had a chance to spend a lot of time with your grandparents. They were like a second pair of parents since your mom and dad were busy with providing for the family. Once you got older and independent, you started choosing your company and maybe neglected your grandparents. They've got older, and it's not that easy to connect with them now. Modern technology also played its role in this separation since they weren't ready to learn new things and operate smart devices. Whatever caused the distance between you, it's not too late to reconnect once again.

Learn about their interests

This piece of advice was presented in Carnegie's classic "How to wind friends and influence people", and it's still working today. Use the knowledge about your grandparent's interests as a starting point and build your relationships from there. It would be great if they have some hobbies so you can spend some time doing it with them. Your parents might be in love with the outdoors, so you can take a walk with them, or help them prepare their favorite meal during the weekends. These activities can serve you good especially if your hobbies are tightly connected to technology.

Exchange experience

There are so much you can learn from your grandparents and much more you can teach them. As suggested above, seniors are not as good with technology as you are and maybe you should invest some time in teaching them how to search the internet in order to find recipes for their favorite meals or book a ticket for a theater. On the other hand, your grandad can teach you some woodworking, or you can earn knitting skills from your grandmom. They'll be happy to share and probably to learn new things, so give this a try.

Send them a letter

If you have a lot of responsibilities on weekdays, and you're unable to visit your grandparents, it would be great if you'd send them an occasional handwritten letter or a card. They would like to know what is happening in your life, and the best way to communicate with them is via paper and pen. They will be happy if you just give them a call, but the letter will make them think about their youth when that was the only way of communication with loved ones. Your simple gesture will help them to travel in the past and enjoy their memories.

Help them renovate their home

In order to maintain a healthy relationship with your grandparents, you'll need to be there when they need help. Their house may be a little old and filled with outdated appliances, so you can offer them your help with the renovation. They would be glad to accept your help, especially for lifting heavy items. Do everything you can, and if you're unable to complete some tasks, feel free to seek help from professional senior living architects. They will make your grandparents' place much better, and your folks will be happy and filled with fresh energy.

Final thoughts

As you can see, you can do so much for your grandparents by doing really little. Try to be patient with them and answer all their needs and questions. They'll know to appreciate that, so you'll feel much better about yourself. Spend some time with them while they're in good health, and be close once they got really old. If you manage to understand them, your grandchildren will be able to understand you in the future.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."

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Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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How to Prepare an Enjoyable First RV Road Trip

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You felt excited when you bought your recreational vehicle, and now the thrill is even bigger since you are finally going to embark on your very first road trip with it. This vacation is going to be different from everything you have done so far. As it is the case with all firsts, there is a fair chance to overlook some important details, so here is a list of all the things you should check and do prior to setting off on your big adventure.

Take it for a test drive

Surely you have already done this before the purchase, but you could definitely make use of a few more hours behind the wheel. Since this is your first RV, it takes some time to get used to switching lanes, or driving it uphill and downhill. You'll also never forget to secure the drawers if you see anything flying out of them during a sudden turn.

Check the weather

It almost goes without saying, but make sure you always look for the forecast for a longer period than the length of your trip. Experiencing a storm in the middle of your journey is going to make it memorable, though not in a good way. Also, bad weather increases chances of accidents.

Check the paperwork

In short, collect all the necessary documentation. You should have your credit cards, cash, ownership documents, a map (in addition to the GPS device), and emergency telephone numbers. Furthermore, you never know what can happen on the road, so it's highly recommendable you get some kind of insurance, such as Good Sam Extended Warranty Protection, since this type of mechanical breakdown insurance comes with quite a few benefits.

Make a plan

Even though exploring the great outdoors with an RV seems to be a personification of spontaneity, you still need to have some fixed points, especially if you have small kids on board. Campgrounds get booked sooner than you think, so you had better do that on time. They are very convenient because you can find the necessary RV hook ups there, as well as other facilities. Don't take this for granted, though – always ask for details about their electrical, water, and sewage hookups.
As for the Wi-Fi, don't always count on it. Some campsites can be so crowded that it's almost impossible to get a good connection.

Glorious food

Surely you have in mind what groceries and snacks you're going to bring, but is your fridge in order? Turn it on 12 hours before you set off to check it's working properly. In order to cook food, you'll need pots, pans and dishes, too.

Ways to have fun

To make the trip truly enjoyable, think of different ways to entertain yourselves both indoors and outdoors. Bring cards, board games, or tablets. Kids can do some projects or some coloring activities. To really make the most of your vacation, do some research on what is going on in the area you are traveling to. Perhaps there is a festival, a funfair, or some interesting landmarks to be visited. Camping and time in a campsite needn't be the only highlights of your trip.

Necessities and extras

We have already mentioned some documents, but here is what else should be checked off the list.

A Swiss army knife, flashlights and a complete first aid kit are a must. You should also bring some medications just in case, as well as an insect repellent (there probably won't be a pharmacy around the corner when you need one). Toiletries are on the list, too.

RVs are quite spacious, so you can definitely bring your bikes, sleeping bags, hiking boots, as well as pillows for ultimate comfort. You needn't pack lightly when it comes to clothes either, but bear in mind the weather forecast.

So, you can finally get a taste of adventure and satisfy your inner nomad! Prepare well, and you will fully enjoy the whole experience.

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