Every family reunion is going to involve needing to make special considerations for people with special considerations. You may have an elderly relative that has difficulty getting from place to place. Or, you may have a relative that is physically, mentally, or emotionally disabled. Or, you may simply have a family member with a newborn child – or that has a set of newborn twins. All of these family members will greatly appreciate it if you put a little forethought into the planning and make accommodations for their special needs.
Since not all of your relatives will be able to be as active as other relatives, especially those like I mentioned above, you should try to plan some activities that they might enjoy as well. Having board games available might be a good start. If nothing else, be sure to help them find a seat where they are comfortable and can get good view of the activities taking place around them.
In the case of the elderly relative or the handicapped family member, make sure there is parking available that is nearby. You might also want to assign someone to keep an eye out for these relatives in order to lend them a hand at getting to the building or park location where the festivities are taking place.
For parents with a newborn child, remember that toting all of the baby’s things around can be tiring and time consuming. More than likely, the mom will get a break as relatives pass the baby around and coo and play with him or her. Nonetheless, the baby will inevitably end up back in mom’s arms once it needs a diaper change!
If you are having the reunion at a park, diaper changing can be quite a hassle since many do not include full service bathrooms. Therefore, you might want to consider setting up a baby changing area that can be used by family members with infants. This will certainly be appreciated by parents as they will not have to worry about taking the baby all the way back to the car each time he or she needs a diaper change.
Try to foresee special circumstances or needs that certain family members may have. Often, people with infants, people with disabilities, and the elderly feel left out because they cannot participate in the same way as other family members. By making special arrangements just for them, you will help them to see that they are still an important part of the family and they will appreciate your efforts to make sure they are included.
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