5 April, 2017
Summer, though a season hot by nature, is a panacea for the nerves. Children plan pleasure trips with parents and are free from their regular routine and get time to enjoy with their grandparents. We can play games like chess, carom, Ludo and enjoy watching our grandkids playing outdoor games.
One of the activities that count as quality time is book reading. In olden days, where a joint family was the predominant culture, grandparents used to tell stories to their grandchildren. Stories from epics and folklore would come alive in vivid colours.
When we were kids we listened to many good stories about the mighty Hanuman swallowing the Sun God or of Hanuman’s mission of bringing Sanjeevini to save Lakshmana’s life, Lord Krishna’s pranks on his friends, etc. Stories of Panchatantra, walking down the path of childhood, bring a rejuvenating smile and those moments are still fresh in our minds.
Reading to grandkids benefits not only the young generation but also the older adults.
Reading to grandkids is not only restricted to bed time, it can be during a picnic or during a long ride too. So get creative!
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