Grandparents Day: Celebrating Those Close To You

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I’m the first to admit that I had no idea that Grandparents Day existed (2nd October this year) but thinking about it, it makes a lot of sense. Mothers Day and Fathers Day celebrate parents and their help in bringing up and caring for their children but for most people grandparents play as much of a part in a child’s upbringing as parents do.

When I was a kid my parents couldn’t afford to have my mum off work for too much longer after her maternity ran out because even back 26 years’ ago it was expensive to bring up a child and they needed the income from both my parents. Childcare is incredibly expensive and so with my nan only working part time she helped to look after me (and then my brother 16 months later) as it allowed my mum to go back to work part time.

My Grandparents on my mothers’ side played a huge part in my childhood and would regularly look after either me or my brother to allow my parents one on one time with the other child (this was probably because I was attention seeking and wouldn’t give my brother a look in *oops*). A lot of the memories I have from my childhood stem around my grandparent’s amazing house in Kenton where I’d play out in the garden or play dress up with the massive drawer of scarves my nan kept in the passageway. And special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas’s, anniversaries, the cat’s birthday (literally everything) were celebrated with my grandparents and they were always just part of the family. If we had a family meal or a holiday it was a given that they were invited.

Sadly when I was 8 my grandpa passed away and my nan became even closer to myself and my brother eventually moving from Kenton to be closer to my mum and us grandkids. The idea of Grandparents day is such a special one as it allows people like me to thank those grandparents who helped shape our futures and show them how much we care. This year I am definitely going to be celebrating and making sure my nan knows how much I appreciate everything she has done for me both when I was a kid and now as an adult. There are so many options of what I could do for her, perhaps book a spa trip, treat her to some comfy loungewear from Chums or take her out for a meal.

Did your grandparents help shape your life? 

*This post is in collaboration with Chums but all opinions and thoughts are my own
September 7, 2016
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  • Beautyqueenuk

    This is one I don’t celebrate as I only have one Nanna and she has dementia, so it makes it hard for her to remember who we all are.

  • LaaLaa

    Aw, so lovely. Think it’s good that grandparents when possible play such a huge role in their grandchildren’s lives. Well I live with my grandmother, we’re super close so I celebrate her on mother’s day x

  • this was so sweet to read – it’s amazing how much he made an impact on your life. My grandmother did the same – she’s the reason I am in the fashion industry!

    xoxo, Candice

  • Mellissa Williams

    I love the idea of grandparents day so much. Grandparents can really be a life line to their children, helping out with child care, imparting their wisdom and generally being great

  • Jo Wiggins

    I think it’s great that Grandparents get a special day too. I have such fond memories of all of my grandparents from when I was little, I used to love spending time with them and miss them dearly x

  • i also didnt know this had existed! i wish i could celebrate it but they live in another country and i only see them once every few years :(

  • Francesca Nelson

    How cute is this!! Its great that grandparents have such a profound effect on people! I grew up with no grandparents at all so I’ve nothing to compare it to! My husband though had a very touching relationship with his grandparents before they passed and hes reminded of them every day by the little things!

  • I do think it’s good to do something nice for your grandparents when you can. My grandparents are the reason I even started to enjoy cooking.

  • Oh what a lovely post – I have lots of special memories from my childhood spent with grandparents, they definitely helped to shape me xx

  • Aww a very sweet post. Happy grandparents day. xx

  • Anna

    I have never heard of grandparents day before … It’s a great idea and you’re right, it is and should be just as important as mothers and fathers day (although we celebrate for the grandparents on those days in a joint way already). Apparently there is such a think as ‘children’s day’ too … Though as I told my son, everyday is children’s day when you’re a parent!
    Anna x

  • I’ve not heard of it before but I’m glad it’s a thing, I posted an instagram picture dedicated to my nan two days ago. We don’t spend enough time praising our family.. I love my nan x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I’ve never been a fan of grandparents day, it always seemed like a bit of a commercial way to get people to spend more money!

  • Kira L Curtis

    I remember celebrating grandparents day in primary school! Both of my grandparents on my mum’s side passed away before I was born and my grandma on my dad’s side passed away when I was about 7 years old so I don’t really remember much but I’ve always loved my grandad, he has been one of my biggest supports through life!

  • *Beth Twinderelmo*

    I had no idea either! My parents have played such a huge part of my kids lives but sadly my mom passed away when my twins were just 9 months old

  • Sam Bresnahan

    I never knew there was a Grandparents day, this is great! I always get my grandparents presents on Mothers/Fathers day as they are basically like parents to me.

  • Kelly

    I never knew Grandparents Day existed either but my grandparents also played a large role in helping to look after me and will have to send a card to my Nan and one to my own mother from my daughter.

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I must admit, I’ve never got on with my grandparents (the ones that are still here) and it’s such a shame but they just aren’t interested lol X

  • My grandad was my hero. I miss him and my funny grandmother every day.

  • We rely very heavily on our Grandparents. They help us out so much financially and for support. We never knew there was a grandparents day. What a great idea xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    We lost my last grandparent just a year ago. I am trying to make sure my girls get to spend as much time with theirs as possible.

  • Laura

    I don’t have any of my grandparents any more but I really wish I did. My nana was like a second mam to me xxx

  • No grandparents for me anymore :( but I love seeing how little london’s grandparents are helping to shape him. It’s so cute.

  • Such a sweet celebration. I grew up estranged from my grandparents, but I’m loving watching my in-laws becoming grands!

  • I didn’t know there was such a day to celebrate your grandparents. It’s really good, as they deserve some appreciation too.

  • kitty kaos

    Grandparents day is such a lovely idea especially as I was so close to mine and they really were like second parents. Such a lovely post xx

  • Laura Haley

    I didn’t know grandparents day was a thing. I’ll make sure I spoil my grandma on the day.