Well it’s certainly true, kids sure grow up fast. One day they are toddlers, and a flash they are all grown. One thing is for sure, some of the most difficult years involve tween & teen years. Here’s the good news… You can do something to help them (but it’s probably different than what you’ve been doing).
There’s no doubt that the end of the summer is rather sad. Those lazy days for kids are kind of over and the back to school season can be a tough transition…so, Grandparents, we decided to repost one of our top articles on “Back to School” from child and adolescent therapist, Bonnie Compton.* We think this advice is valuable enough to repeat year after year.
When your adult child got married, did you envision a wonderful relationship with his/her spouse? Did you draw a picture in your mind of endless visits, traditional family dinners, holidays, and so forth?
Sometimes our dreams and wishes can easily slip into expectations, and that’s what gets us in trouble!
Got your attention huh? You see the legs, a pick-up truck, some jeweled stilettos (with some tell-tale dirt on the heels) and what do you think? What races through your mind? Ah, come-on, grab a smile, chuckle for a second, and join us. We want you to enjoy every moment of this grandparent journey, this part of your life that is richer, fuller, and more exhausting than ever.
Relativity speaking, we all mean well, right? Of course we do! Often times we say things with the best of intentions, but in the end, our words, our delivery, and just the general environment of the conversation fall short of anything but trouble. Hey, everyone is human. So, when we falter as adults and need to take a quick look at ourselves in the mirror, remember these words of wisdom and advice we have collected to share with you.
It’s our belief that sharing is caring; and therefore, we are all about just that! Together we bring you a combination and blend of our grandparenting tips. We hope every moment you’re together with your grandkids, you’re mindful of how truly special this journey is.
Want to be a better grandparent? We are always working on it – are you? Here’s a little something to think about… How we express ourselves to our grandchildren, with our words and tone, can often be confusing.
“We have the opportunity to nurture our children and foster their growth as we learn to let go and allow them to reach their full potential. This is one of the best gifts we can give to our children.” Excerpt from “Mothering with Courage”, by Bonnie Compton
Family dynamics are a funny thing; often times you are better to sit back and take a moment to reflect upon your own experiences so that it is possible to grow and learn from all those experiences in life. Being an awesome mother-in-law is just that
The #MeToo movement is up front and center, and it’s not going away. Although sexual harassment and sexual abuse have been happening for generations, it is now being brought out into the open as victims share their stories, and parents and grandparents converse about topics to educate children regarding sexual harassment.
Reading will make your grandbaby smarter. Here are tips to tune your tot into text.
Do babies really care if you read to them? Absolutely! And it’s never too early to start. “Reading to even the youngest of babies helps their brains establish neural pathways, which are the building blocks to all future learning,” says Linda Nelson, senior curriculum developer for KinderCare, a leading provider of early childhood education and care.