- AARP - http://blog.aarp.org -

How 2 b a Totes Hip Gran

We’re wrapping up Grandparents Week with a look at how to be a hip (dare I say “cool?”) grandparent. This seemed appropriate because National Grandparents Day (the first Sunday after Labor Day) was created largely because of one amazingly hip grandmother, Marian McQuade of West Virginia. She wasn’t a sit-on-your-hands grandma. She advocated for recognizing the significant contributions of grandparents all the way to Washington, D.C. In 1978,Congress passed legislation and President Jimmy Carter signed a presidential proclamation designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. You rock, Marian.

Times have changed since then, and so have grandchildren. So how can grandparents stay hip in a changing world? Here are my tips:

YouTube Preview Image

Translation: if you can’t text and use smiley faces appropriately, your grandkids may never communicate with you. How’s that for motivation?!

  Here are some of my fave abbrevs:

   But never, ever  do it in front of their friends. Keep it in the fam gran.

What did I miss? Tell me yours in the comments section below!

Follow Amy on Twitter @amygoyer and Facebook.