Our grandparental instincts are to give them everything and to simply “tell them what they need to know.” But as grandkids reach their teens, what they really need you to be is a reliable consultant.
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During this Coronavirus Crisis (which is likely to go on for a while) our grandchildren (and our children for that matter) need an extra measure of resilience. Interestingly, several studies have found that the more kids know about their grandparents and great grandparents, the more resilient and safe they feel in a crisis.
Few forces on earth are strong enough to keep loving Grandparents from physically hugging and kissing our grandchildren. But one force that should be strong enough to stop us right now is the coronavirus! Here are suggestions for other ways to stay connected.
The kids are invited to come to Grammie Camp the year they turn five and we look forward to those times together all year. I have tried a lot of ideas to make our time together memorable. If you’re up for it, pick and choose from the smorgasbord of ideas below that might fit the needs and ages of your own grandchildren.
Your Hardest Family Question: My stepdaughter went behind my back to reunite my dying husband and his ex
I had to leave home for a brief time because my mother was dying and while I was away, his daughter called him to say that her biological mother, "wants the three of them to meet up.” My husband agreed that it would be alright, although he was bewildered by the request. I felt disrespected by the request because my input was not considered, nor my feelings.
How does knowing that your grandchildren came from a Premortal existence affect how you treat them and how you respect them? How can we come to know each of them as unique individuals and treat them accordingly?
Your Hardest Family Question: How do I protect myself from my narcissistic husband and still live the gospel?
I would like to try to continue to live with him. I have been protecting myself from his outbursts and other behaviors, but I am not happy at home. I am not being nice to him. I am not living the gospel. How do I do that while still protecting myself?