Grandparents' Day will next be celebrated on 2nd October 2016 in the UK and 10th September 2017 in the US.
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."
Grandparents are important to children in so many ways. They have patience and time when parents are often busy. They have stories to tell and interesting games to play. They are also good for treats and spoiling, which we all need from time to time!
In American, National Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter at the instigation of a housewife from West Virginia, Marian McQuade.
You can read the proclamation here
In the UK, some people are now beginning to celebrate Grandparent's Day too!
According to the National Grandparents Day website, the aim of National Grandparents Day is:
- To honour grandparents
- To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children
- To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
"Age is a matter of feeling, not of years"