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Grand Parenting | Part 5

2012-02-05T23:43:08+00:00

Fun And Faith

The amazing Legacy that a grandparent can leave their grandchildren is their faith.  One of the easiest ways to do this is through prayer.  It is an amazing treasure to know that even though I never met him I was prayed for by my great grandfather.  Take the time to pray for your grandchildren, their future spouse and future children.

The next thing you can do is share your faith by modeling what it means to be godly adult.  Even if your children or their spouses are not Christians you can be a role model by living out your faith.

A verse of encouragement in this are is Deuteronomy 6:2, “and so you and your children and grandchildren might fear the LORD your God as long as you live. If you obey all his laws and commands, you will enjoy a long life.”

 

For more on leaving a Legacy for your children/grandchildren listen to today’s podcast.

 

Grand Parenting | Part 5 2012-02-05T23:43:08+00:00

Grand Parenting | Part 4

2012-02-05T23:42:19+00:00

Getting Through Differences

Another difficulty of the parent/grandparent relationship is finding the balance.  Something seems to happen in a grandparents mind the moment their grandchild is born.  They all seem to feel a sense of relief that they do not have to be the one who is in charge an carry the weight of discipline and training but get to be the ones who lavish love on the child.  Like the scripture that we posted earlier this week, grand parenting is one of God’s rewards.  But where is the balance?  Children still need to know that there are boundaries at grandma’s house.  And what do you do when you see your own children being to lax or hard in the discipline area?

Those are difficult questions that must be dealt with.  Continuing to keep an open dialog with your grown children is important.  If it is something that is being done to the detriment of the child then of course speak up.  Just make sure to do it in a loving manner with lots of time set aside to discuss.  Just keep in mind that no parent wants to feel nit picked especially when it comes to how they parent, so pick your battles wisely.

 

For more on the topic of balance in grand parenting listen to today’s podcast.

Grand Parenting | Part 4 2012-02-05T23:42:19+00:00

Grand Parenting | Part 3

2012-02-05T23:41:41+00:00

Long-Distance Grand Parenting

One of the difficulties for today’s grand parent is the fact that many families are separated by distance.  Long gone are the days where family all live on the same block.  So many families are having to get creative at overcoming the barrier of distance.

Today’s technology has been a great asset for this and many grandparents are teaching themselves to be technologically savvy in order to stay in touch. Social media and email can be a great way to send pictures quickly and even communicate with older grandchildren.  Another recent addition which is a great communication tool is the use of skype/facetime.   Many grandparents/grandchildren can have face to face contact even on a daily basis through the use of these tools.

Another fun way to let your grandchildren know you care is sending letters or care packages.  Children love to receive mail and who wouldn’t love to get a package with some of grandma’s home baked goodies.  Creating a lasting bond over the distance may take a little more effort on each family members part but it is well worth it to be involved in your grandchildren’s lives.

 

Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on closing the distance gap for today’s grandparents.

 

Grand Parenting | Part 3 2012-02-05T23:41:41+00:00

Grand Parenting | Part 2

2012-02-05T23:40:51+00:00

Overcoming Conflicts

As a parent, many of us wonder how to engage our parents to be grand parents, or to be the grand parents they should be.  For some of us this is even more challenging because there may be some baggage from our own childhood.  If possible, and safe for your children, take the time to deal with some of the family stuff and overcome conflicts for the sake of the children.  This may mean taking the time for discussion, setting goals and even asking for grand parents involvement.

For some families who live close together this is a no brainer, but for others who are separated by distance and emotional distance this may be more difficult.  It is a relationship worth making time for and effort towards.  I Timothy 5:4 reminds us, “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. “

Take the time, and effort if need be, to make this relationship a priority and even repair relationship for the sake of the children in your home.

 

Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on this topic.

 

Grand Parenting | Part 2 2012-02-05T23:40:51+00:00

Grand Parenting | Part 1

2012-02-05T23:39:51+00:00

The Mission of Grand Parenting

There are many topics that we have to address today that the Bible is seemingly silent about, e.g. dating, social networking, technology in general.  We obviously can take Biblical principles and apply it to all of these topics and are wise to do so.  The topic of grand parenting is not one of these topics.  The Bible has many things to say about not only the worth of the grandparent but that grand parenting in and of itself is a reward and a privilege.

It seems today to be a harder job then ever.  Either families are distanced by miles or conflict or just plain busyness.  But grand parenting is something that like many other aspects of parenting must be intentional on all family members parts, parents included.  One thing that can be helpful for a grand parent to do is to write a their own personal mission statement for what their goals are in grand parenting.  Then apply them to your own personal situation, even if it is over distance or emotional distance.  For some encouraging verses on grandparenting read Proverbs 17:6, Psalms 128:6 and Exodus 10:1-2.

 

Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on the topic of grand parenting.

 

Grand Parenting | Part 1 2012-02-05T23:39:51+00:00