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Fun summer activities to spend time with your grandchildren

As much as we love our kids, as parents it’s our duty to set boundaries so we can raise children who are able to live happy, full lives. However, as grandparents, we can be more free to use our precious time with our grandchildren to have a bit more fun with only some ground rules that are necessary so we can respect their parents’ wishes.

Grandmothers and grandfathers can enrich children with an invaluable amount of experience. In return we are blessed with seeing our grandchildren grow and learn. With research showing that grandparents who are actively involved in their grandchildren’s lives have fewer symptoms of depression, it is beneficial to keep your family close.
With the end of the school year and the beginning of summer holidays coming, these relationships become even more important as we can help give their parents some much needed time to themselves. As grandparents, we see quality time spent with our grandchildren as far more valuable than any gift we can be given. So, we’ve collected a few ideas for you to try with your grandkids this summer to make the most of your time together.



Help in the garden

Gardening can be messy work but showing children how plants grow can be a rewarding experience that can give them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. Planting, watering, weeding and harvesting fruit and veg from the garden can easily be an experience of a lifetime, especially when you taste the difference between homegrown and store-bought food. Even in bad weather, you can plant seeds or seedlings in pots and place them on the window sill to get sun.

Look at old photos

On rainy days, take a family photo album and tell your grandkids about the people or events captured in the photos. Show that we weren’t always old either. Share with them what your childhood was like, how you lived without the internet, mobile phones and gadgets. We can also talk about what kind of kids their parents were like, what pranks they played at home or at school. Kids are very inquisitive and if we do it well, they will love recalling the past with you.

Make a time capsule

It is a natural human desire to leave a mark on the world and we can develop our relationship with children by creating shared memories that have the excitement of not seeing until many years or even decades later.
To make a time capsule, first get a dry, airtight, preferably dark coloured container. Pick some personal but essential items and maybe even a photo. Get a piece of paper and write a list of all the items. Add a message for your future selves and don’t forget to add the date! Fill the container with the items and the letter and then ceremoniously close it. Decide how long you want to seal your time capsule for. Label your time capsule with the planned date of opening, and even though it’s quite traditional, don’t bury it (a lot of capsules are lost that way). Instead, look for a safe indoor spot for it. Then all you have to do is make sure that no-one forgets about it.

Swim at home

Fortunately, you can go to the beach at home. While the weather is warm you can dust off or buy an inflatable paddling pool. It’s one of the cheapest ways to splash around at home. If you live in a house with a garden, you’ll certainly easily find a place for a soft-walled pool, but don’t be scared if you don’t have enough space for that. Young children shouldn’t be left unaccompanied around water even if it is only a few inches deep so make sure that you have a few fun games or activities to play with them.
A bath can provide a beach atmosphere at home. Let the water cool down in the tub, look for some beach games. Children can get into the bathtubs with the UDOOR Bathtub door easily and safely, and getting out is just as easy.

Camp in the garden

An older but still usable tent can make a wonderful fort or cave. You can arrange the tent in advance for your grandchildren’s arrival, but older children might enjoy helping you set it up, or even be able to set it up by themselves with a little instruction. A private play area, like a tent, makes a wonderful place to play, shelter from the sun and nap. We’re sure that given the opportunity in a matter of moments, it will be loaded with toys, and maybe they will want to even want to spend the night there. A beautiful summer evening under the starry sky is also a wonderful experience for kids.

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Mrs Sprackling 19/06/21

I’m waiting for double hip replacement.
I have been struggling to access the in bath shower , in fact it has been torture!
Contacted UDoor and spoke to Fay who was extremely helpful and was offered a choice of appointments. Fay kept in touch throughout. A week later John came and fitted our door and a grab bar he arrived on time , he was very pleasant and respectful. The job he did was very neat and the bathroom was left in a spotless condition . I used the shower for the first time today and cannot express how easy it was and how safe I felt ! If every company was run like this one life would be much easier , cannot recommend highly enough .

Mrs. Gail Robertshaw 05/20/21

Today we have had our udoor fitted and I would like to say how pleased we are with the service
Louis was excellent got on with the job explained everything to us cleaned up after himself
I would certainly recommend the company
Once again thanks for good work

Mr Vibhaker Kishore Baxi 11/05/20

In our new build apartment we were stuck with a bathtub as it was already fitted to allow a change to accommodate the need for my 97 yr old mother. Alternatives required removing bathtub and replace it with a shower tray or a walk in bathtub. Both expensive options and risking voiding builder's warranty. Then I came upon the U-Door option and I must say it has worked out very well at a relatively less outrageous price. They have been proficient in follow up, their engineer seems very professional and finished the job without any fuss.

Terry Day 30/04/20

We had a udoor fitted in our bath. We were very pleased with the service provided the tradesman who fitted the door was very pleasant and professional we have used it for while now and very pleased with it my wife has been able to shower with no problems.

John Gray 30/04/20

First rate product & First rate service. For a person with mobility issues like myself it makes being able to shower easy again. Two options completely remodel the bathroom or fit a UDoor. No contest. Quality, Cost and speed of installation Would recommend to anyone.

Maureen Brett 08/11/19

Louis came last week and fitted our bathtub door He worked very effectively and left no mess. He was very friendly and polite and ran through the necessary forms explaining everything very clearly. He also demonstrated the workings of the door before input. I have to say it looks amazing and is brilliant in its effectiveness. I'm really pleased with it and it already makes my life so much easier. The company itself appears to be very professional and kept me updated on when they would attend and even rang me to see if I would like an earlier installation date following a cancellation as they were aware of my surgery date. Very impressed overall and would highly recommend. Many thanks

Geraldine Wall 17/10/19

A brilliant solution to mobility problems with bathing! Having a Udoor in my bath has given me easy access but kept all the usual shower/bath options for other users. The family firm was easy to contact, pleasant, friendly and efficient and Joseph who did the installation was courteous, kind and very professional. Much more affordable than replacing the bath with a shower, too. I would recommend this solution to mobility issues to anyone- it’s brilliant!

Kenneth Duckwort 26/06/19

This was a remarkable experience. Firstly, Fay was able to arrange the UDOOR installation on an exact date and kept me up to date on procedure. Secondly, Louis arrived on a chosen time and began work immediately and swiftly. I admired his application and the meticulous attention he gave to every aspect of the door installation and the care he gave to “ no mess, no fuss “ method of working. He is a very diligent and talented engineer. Thirdly, Iam extremely satisfied with the door and thank you on behalf of my wife, to whom the UDOOR will be a boon. Ken Duckworth. Rugby.

Ted 02/06/19

No Fear Bath Time My wife Susan had polio when she was a child and has a couple of tumbles getting in and out of the bath. Our experience of dealing with UDoor was first class. Fay was the point of contact and was great to deal with. Louis came to assess the bath and then came a couple of weeks later to fit the UDoor. We've been using the bath a few weeks now and Susan can face taking a bath without the fear of falling. Thanks UDoor.

Anne 09/04/19

The door is really high quality and the man who came and fitted it was really lovely. From start to finish they have been so friendly and professional. I still can't believe that it only took a few hours to do and now I won't ever get trapped in my bath again.