Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6

Today is National Chocolate Milkshake day, a good excuse to indulge in frothy, creamy, chocolate-y goodness.

But it’s also a great reason for kids to celebrate their grandparents.

Grandparents are always cheering on the soccer sidelines, picking up grandkids from school, going to piano recitals, surprising grandkids with birthday presents and just-because treats, and hosting the best-ever sleepovers.

But a grandparent is so much more than a cheerleader, a babysitter, a gift-giver, and the go-to person when the schedule gets a little complicated. Grandparents are an incredible source of wisdom for life. And like everyone else, they love to be heard and valued.

“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” Job 12:12

In my church community, ninth graders pair up with older adults. They spend time asking them questions about the older generation about life and their insights. It’s a great way for two different generations to build relationships and a chance to let the teens in on the godly legacy they have.

You can do the same right in your own family by helping your your son or daughter “host” a chocolate milkshake date with their grandparent.

Getting ready for the chocolate milkshake date

  • Have your child invite their grandparent on a chocolate milkshake date.
  • Explain the gift of a grandparent and how they can learn from them. “Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out” (Proverbs 20:5).

Questions for grandparents on the chocolate milkshake “date”

Questions for both younger and older kids to ask:
What’s your favorite flavor or ice cream?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
What’s the bravest thing you ever did?
Did your family ever talk about God? What did you learn from them?
What’s your favorite verse in the Bible? Why?

Questions for older kids to ask
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
What did you like to do on summer vacation?
Did you ever have trouble in school?
Did you ever disagree with your dad or mom? About what?
What does it mean to be real with people? Why do some people pretend to be what they’re not?
What’s one thing you really appreciate about God?
What’s one way He helped you when you were younger? Now?

Chocolate Milkshake recipe

You can always go out for a chocolate milkshake but here’s a recipe to make it yourself. Original milkshakes were made with heavy cream (and whiskey too, believe it or not). I’ve left those out 🙂 and added a few of my own ingredients.

6 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
1/4 c. of milk
1/3 c. of chocolate syrup (or several tablespoons of cocoa)
3-4 T. malted milk powder (optional) Look for this near the hot cocoa in the grocery store.

Mix in a blender. Add more or less milk depending on how thick you like your milkshake. Makes two servings

At our house, we love pulling out Bugle snacks to eat with chocolate milkshakes, something my grandma taught us to do. The combo of salty and sweet is sooo good!

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