Below is a list of the Joys and Challenges of Grand-parenting that our group came up with at our first Grand-parenting workshop, led by Family Educator Susan McKane on April 29th. Do any of these resonate with you? Which ones and why? Are there topics/issues that you would add to either list? Would love to hear from you — and would love to see you at our second workshop on Saturday, May 13th, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Siloam United Church, London, ON! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-455-9201.
Joys of Grand-parenting
Grandchild saying my name
re-experiencing the ordinary; seeing things through a young grandchild’s eyes
but still a parent
benefit of experience-wisdom
relationship with – a partner
– a child
Listening to instincts
seeing your child in a new role
seeing yourself in another
Challenges of Grand-Parenting
favouritism (towards one grandchild)
overly protective parents
Sandwiched between caring for elderly parents, adult children and young grandchildren!
sandwiched between needs of parents, children and grandchildren
what are the boundaries of the role?
different ideologies/values from the parents
our own energy and health
giving constructive criticism
parent shares too much information -what do I do?
challenges of doing it right
where do I fit – the world of the future
long distance relationships
anxiety about the future for our grandchildren
Grandparents’ time and finances – how far can/should they stretch?
negotiating with “in-laws” re time/holidays etc
safety of grandchildren – personal/technology