My daughter was stuck "in between" at family gatherings — older than the playing children and younger than the talking adults. But instead of sitting alone with earphones blocking out any conversation, my daughter and her cousin decided to become our family activity directors. At one gathering, they organized a talent show. The girls taught goofy tricks to the younger kids and encouraged adults to share a few crazy tricks of their own. As family members told jokes, made silly faces, destroyed the Macarena and sang silly songs, the interaction became a bridge between the younger and older relatives.
This article appeared in the December 2013 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Jeannie Vogel. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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