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Grandparents Day 2015

(23 Posts)
annrich Sat 12-Sep-15 09:19:58

Could someone please tell me which day is Grandparents Day this year? I have found one site which says it is the same as the US (tomorrow, 13 September), a florist site which says it is Saturday 3 October, Grannynet which says it is the first Sunday in October and therefore 2 October (NO, the first Sunday is 4 October) and I am utterly confused.

Ideally, I would take an official ruling from Gransnet, but couldn't find an email for their staff, so please could anyone help me?

Indinana Sat 12-Sep-15 09:28:56

I had no idea there was such a day. What's it for? confused

shysal Sat 12-Sep-15 09:29:39

It will only be a made-up day to get money out of us! I won't be expecting the event to be acknowledged by my family, whenever it might be! grin

Teetime Sat 12-Sep-15 09:50:14

Oh no I wouldn't want it.

annodomini Sat 12-Sep-15 10:09:56

I am still honoured by my DSs on Mother's Day. Why on earth should I want a GPs' day as well?

Indinana Sat 12-Sep-15 10:20:09

Exactly anno!

Anniebach Sat 12-Sep-15 10:25:46

Why? I have my birthday , that's my day

tanith Sat 12-Sep-15 10:55:05

Never heard of it and wouldn't want it anyway

trisher Sat 12-Sep-15 11:08:19

Oh come on! another day when you can guilt-trip your offspring (and their offspring) because they a) didn't know about it. b)forgot to get you something. c) got you something you didn't like.
When is it? Can't decide if I should drop loud hints before it or mention it afterwards with a little sigh!
Seriously I'd never heard of it- American I assume.

Nelliemoser Sat 12-Sep-15 11:40:16

It's a day for greeting card producers, florists and restaurants etc to make a bit more money by suggesting we need something we never knew we were missing.

hildajenniJ Sat 12-Sep-15 12:28:26

According to interflora (and they would know) Grandparents Day UK is the 4th October 2015. I agree with you all, it is just a money making scheme. Surely grandparents are parents, and we already have a mothers and fathers day. Why do we need a grandparents day.

LullyDully Sat 12-Sep-15 18:00:48

Must be new....and I've been a Granny for 10 years! Usually get thrown in with Mother's Day/ Father's Day.

midgey Sat 12-Sep-15 18:22:41

It's a day when your grandchild asks you to join them at school for lunch.....think I might be busy!

trisher Sat 12-Sep-15 18:30:13

Bit difficult as it is on a Sunday.

nannienet Sun 13-Sep-15 09:08:39

I think Grandparents day can be very special! When I worked at school as a teaching assistant (only left 2 years ago) we invited Grandparents and older neighbours into school to look around, join in an Activity and a cuppa. It made the children feel special and the older people feel special and speaking to them they seemed to love it! Grandparents don't need to have shop bought things as gifts,Grandchildren can make cards and pictures, you can't buy those sort of gifts from the shop!

Indinana Sun 13-Sep-15 09:19:16

Our DGS's school have an annual Grandparents Day where all the GPs visit for a couple of hours in the afternoon - sometimes the children put on a show, sometimes we join them in the classroom.
Yes I agree with nannienet that it makes the children feel special. But as for it making the 'older people feel special' no, sorry, that is terribly patronising. Many GPs these days lead busy, interesting lives. We certainly don't sit at home with the cat on our lap waiting for our GC's school to brighten up our days once a year with an invitation to their Grandparents' Day confused.

rosesarered Sun 13-Sep-15 10:15:50

Agree totally Indinana. plus we have already had our special day as Mothers or Fathers.

trisher Sun 13-Sep-15 10:17:04

I am just wondering as my mum is still going strong how long before we get Great Grandparents Day?

MaizieD Sun 13-Sep-15 10:26:04

Definitely NO to a vile, commercially driven 'Grandparents' Day'.

LullyDully Sun 13-Sep-15 15:45:07

Took me a while to work out why GPS were at school all afternoon when they are so overworked and its so hard to get an appointment.

aquagran Sun 13-Sep-15 16:21:15

Grandparents' Day at my grandchildren's school is delightful. It is neither patronising nor an opportunity to see a G.P.. Grandparents are alive longer nowadays and this is an opportunity to see our GC in school, something I would suggest most grandparents are interested in. Our children send in family photos ( I am grateful my daughter sent a flattering one!), we have a little concert/ service (Catholic school), then a cup of tea and a cake made by the children. They then take us to their classroom and take pride in showing us everything!!!!! We are introduced to their friends. It is lovely and we now have inside knowledge of school.

jocelyne Mon 14-Sep-15 09:40:23

In France they also have a special day to celebrate grandparents, but the children are/were expected to offer some daffodils on that day or so I believe as I have not followed that one up.

henetha Mon 14-Sep-15 10:26:57

I know what my ex-husband would say.. "HUH, another day to line the manufacturers pockets".
I think I agree with him on this.