What Every Grandparent Should Know
by Josef Strong
As a grandparent of six grandchildren, I can tell you for sure that building a relationship with my grandchildren is a lifetime privilege.
As grandchildren grow, the principles of the relationship remain , but the role of the grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren changes. Be sure to enjoy every phase!
Grand Parental Control and Safety of the Grandchildren
All children need to be warned about the limits and must learn to respect boundaries. Grandparents can help grandkids to understand the life limits and boundaries.
When an activity begins you, as a grandparent, must be clear about your expectations. Then you and the grandchild can enjoy the event and stay safe.
When the restrictions are being violated, always remind your grandchildren again about the rules. A very good idea is to write the rules and post them in a visible place. If a rule is violated during your shared activity, ask the child to repeat or read (if the child can do it, of course…) the rules again.
Parents’ Wishes and Rules Must Be Pursued
Anything you do for your grandchild needs to be planned and discussed first with the parents. Helpful grandparents support the parents in their parenting style if possible.
Never keep secrets from the parents and never ask the grandchildren to keep secrets from their parents. And, do not undermine the relationships between the parents and the child by considering that some information should not be shared with the parents!
Successful Grandparenting Requires Proper Planning.
Proper planning makes any activity more successful. It is safer to have a plan and to discuss the activity with the parents. When start planning, discuss with the child and the parents what he or she would like to do.
Before you begin any activities, see what is appropriate for the child’s age. In this way you are giving your grandchildren correct choices and increasing their self-confidence.
The Best Gift for Your Grandchildren Is the “Time Together”
Physical gifts (objects) are an option and do not have to be very expensive. Also, surprise gifts are the best, as a gift is real especially when it is unexpected.
Do not forget that “time together” is the best gift we can give to our grandchildren. A well-planned journey provides time for the grandparent and grandchildren to discover and appreciate each other’s real life gifts. Giving time your will achieve friendship and great success with your grandparenting!
Grandchildren and Grandparents Should Have Fun!
Having fun is good for you, your grandchild and your relationship. Be always ready to share with your grandkids.
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