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.ย 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 Chumsย or take her out for a meal.

Did your grandparents help shape your life?ย 

*This post is in collaboration with Chums but all opinions and thoughts are my own

September 7, 2016
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27 Comments

  • Reply 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.

    September 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply 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

    September 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Candice Nikeia

    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
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

    September 8, 2016 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply 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

    September 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply 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

    September 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Nicol Wong

    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 ๐Ÿ™

    September 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply 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!

    September 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    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.

    September 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply North East Family Fun

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

    September 9, 2016 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Anna Nuttall

    Aww a very sweet post. Happy grandparents day. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com

    September 9, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply 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

    September 9, 2016 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Purely Amy

    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

    September 9, 2016 at 11:56 am
  • Reply 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!

    September 9, 2016 at 11:59 am
  • Reply 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!

    September 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply *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

    September 10, 2016 at 5:52 am
  • Reply 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.

    September 10, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Reply 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.

    September 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Hannah Heartss โ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ

    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

    September 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply clairecly

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

    September 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    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

    September 10, 2016 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply 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.

    September 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply 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

    September 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply The London Mum

    No grandparents for me anymore ๐Ÿ™ but I love seeing how little london’s grandparents are helping to shape him. It’s so cute.

    September 12, 2016 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

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

    September 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Lubka Henry

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

    September 13, 2016 at 10:48 am
  • Reply 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

    September 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Laura Haley

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

    September 16, 2016 at 8:17 am
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