One of the greatest gifts to your children is to teach them to show love and respect to the elderly. One of the greatest ways to honor the aged is to bring children to love on them. Here is a picture of my niece Cede visiting my grandmother in the nursing home last weekend.
Now, Cede does not know Gram. She has only met her a few times (and in a 4-year-old's life, that is not many). But Cede has spent plenty of time in the nursing home, visiting the elderly, and has been shown how to give her affection freely.
My mother used to regularly take us to visit her aunts and uncles (or maybe they were her GREAT-aunts) in the nursing home when we were really little. Many children develop a fear of these people or places because they just don't have the opportunities to develop familiarity with the residents living there.
Here's a Mother's day idea: take your child to visit a nursing home this week! If you don't have any relatives you can visit, then go visit strangers. I promise, the residents won't be sorry to see some child-like faces!