If you are lucky enough to still have your grandparents, maybe even all four of them – or more (welcome patchwork families!) – then you might want to take the upcoming September 12 as the perfect opportunity to say a big “thank you” to them!

            Did you know that seven % of U.S. children are being raised by their grandparents? That is five million children! About half of all grandparents in the US provide some kind of childcare to their grandchildren. That makes 35 million grandparents providing some kind of childcare to their grandkids. As parents know, many grandparents are an essential part of that village it takes to raise your kids. They help with free babysitting, often on a moment’s notice, watch the house and pets when the family goes on week-long vacations, bring over a homecooked chicken soup when everyone is down with a cold, and take the kids out to the movies on the weekend, so mom and dad can have at least a couple of hours of alone time. Sometimes, they are the designated school drivers for your children, dropping them off and picking them up – after school care included – until mom and dad return home from work.

            Grandma and grandpa can be a great source of knowledge when it comes to child-raising tips and home remedies for anything from diaper rash to stomach upsets. For their grandkids, they bring many years of calm listening to their problems and concerns, and weighing in with their unbiased advice. Not to mention the introduction of soon-to-be shared hobbies like sewing, knitting, painting, woodwork, minor house repairs, gardening and yard work, and so on. The benefits of grandparents in your life are endless.

By the way, did you know that Grandparents Day even has an official song designated to it? It is called “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill.

            It was Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginian, and proud grandmother of 43 grandchildren, who petitioned congress in 1970 to declare a Grandparents Day. After years of lobbying, she succeeded when in 1979, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the National Holiday. Since there is certainly a lot we take for granted about our grandparents, it is a great thing that a day like Grandparents Day was invented. Grandchildren and parents alike should take the time to show their gratitude for everything grandparents do, day-in and day-out! Grandparents will certainly be over the moon about a hand-painted picture or a self-made card and any other crafts that show you put time, effort, and thought into creating something for them. For those of us who are not that handy, we have an extensive list of items that you can personalize and gift to them. You can simply have their name engraved on such a present, or go further and engrave a message with their name, such as “For Grandma Mary, the best Grandma in the world!”. You can also have a small picture engraved. You can find examples and ideas on our website etchergifts.com. We usually don’t charge extra for the engraving, so make this gift a special one for them, one that will always be dear to them.

            How about gifting grandma with a beautiful pen engraved with her name in a gorgeous cursive font? Or how about getting grandpa a handsome Zippo or Zippo-style lighter engraved with “Best Grandpa” for one of the many camping trips he goes on with his grandkids? We have many different present ideas in stock, and we are adding new ones daily. So, keep checking in on our website, and start thinking about which nice engravings you would like to put on a gift item for grandma and grandpa! Remember, Grandparents Day is coming soon, on Sunday, September 12, 2021!