Leslie and Pam’s book was just launched and we are beyond excited to giveaway two (2) copies of the book!
Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice provides a concise, down-to-earth guide for both grandparents and parents. Each of the 52 straightforward nourishing practices provide methods of mindfulness, along with endearing real-life stories that grandparents can identify with. These stories are warm, poignant, funny, charming, and not-to-be missed.
Grandparents have a role in the lives of their grandchildren, but what exactly is that role? Let your adult children take the lead and discuss your expectations with them.
Becoming a grandparent changes everything. Coupled with incomparable joy is uncertainty about where you fit in. Your role — not always appreciated by society — is vitally important in shaping a grandchild’s life. At the end of the day, you and the parents want what’s best for the child. But, as you may discover you don’t always share the same ideology, and you must take a step back and understand that you’ve entered their world, sometimes feeling like a foreign ambassador. And, what you may really need is a handbook for diplomacy!
It goes without saying that no divorce is easy and the death or dissolution of a marriage is undoubtedly a challenging experience for all parties involved. However, a divorce where children are involved naturally adds a layer of complexity that cannot be ignored. Like all children, those of divorced parents, did not ask to be here. They didn’t ask to be born, and they certainly didn’t ask for their parents to get divorced. In spite of their involvement being completely out of their control, children of divorced parents typically are the biggest casualties of the split.
There, I said it- now it’s out in the open for everyone to know. I’m an out of the closet selfish grandma. Yep it’s true, and I am damn proud about it. “What is this you say to yourself?” Well, let me take a moment and fully explain what this is all about.
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.