Connect with your grandchildren

In this ever-changing world, we can sometimes feel like our grandchildren are speaking a different language. From new online trends and video games to slang words and fashion choices, we don’t always know where they’re coming from. To help you connect with them, check out these exciting ideas.

1. Bond over your family history
Use technology to help you bond with your grandkids in a meaningful way. These days there are many amazing genealogy companies that, after purchasing and sending off an easy nasal swab kit, can help you discover an ever-growing database of family history. Your grandkids can help you set up your own family trees online and you can work together to research fascinating family records.

2. Play an old-school game
Forget online games; sometimes life is better with a board game. From classics such as Monopoly and Scrabble, to newer ones that have gained popularity in recent years like Catan and Cluedo, there are tons of options. Your grandkids might even be interested in learning timeless card games such as gin rummy, euchre or hearts.

3. Pass on a skillset
Being so young, Gen Z can benefit from lifelong skillsets or hobbies that you can teach them. Think of all the skills that you have accumulated over the course of your life, such as cooking, sewing, knitting and barbecuing, and even more hobby-based talents like fishing, golfing or piano. Ask your grandkids what interests them so you can pass it on. Make regular plans to enjoy these hobbies together.

4. Make a family recipe book
Work with your grandkids to create a book of classic family recipes and beloved holiday traditions. This project presents a unique opportunity to work together and create something special on the computer that can be printed out and passed on for generations.

5. With their support, join the digital age
Think of all the possibilities you have to video chat with your grandkids, send pictures and articles back and forth, and even play games with them online if you boost your comfort with technology. If you’re feeling a bit uncertain, look for online resources that can help you learn the basics.

For example, ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Youth Teaching Adults program offers incredible free digital literacy resources for adults. Learn directly how to chat with your grandkids online, email, FaceTime, Zoom and much more on your computer, tablet or cell phone. Find more information at