Having survived all these years gives us license to share what we have learned. I find that all I have to do is apply the Dale Carnegie principle of speaking in terms of other peoples interest and they will eat it up.
I had just such an occurrence this morning. Each week when I speak to the grandkids I ask what fun stuff they are doing in school. My 11 year old bonus granddaughter went on a school field trip to Charleston, South Carolina last Read More
When we have the ear of our grandchildren we should have considered how to best communicate with them. This is one area where intention is not enough. The greatest thing humans have to offer another person is our time and attention. This is especially true of these little humans we call grandkids.
It will serve us well to consider several things first. Age Appropriateness; Many things I Read More
It is easy to forget the rules of good human relations when we are talking to our Grandkids. One of the tenants of my Dale Carnegie training is that we should speak in terms of the others interests. This is especially true when it comes to our beloved grands. We tend to miss the part about them growing up. As you know it doesn’t serve us well to talk to an e Read More
As complicated as the Grandparents Rights issue can be most of us still have the ability to add tremendous value to those deserved precious minds of our grands. If you are reading this post on this site you are a Caring Grandparent and that qualifies you as a certified positive influence on the lives of your grandchild.
All of us look for affirmation of our place in society. Young people are often defin Read More
The battle to win Grandparents rights is long, hard and not often rewarding in the short term. That is not to say that it is not worth it. It is only to say that Grandparents Rights may better be seen as Grandparents privileges. Since Grandparents rights aren’t and never will be constitutional it is time for a new approach.
I advocate the approach of preemptive mindful actions that allow us a much better chance to be a part of our grandchildren’s lives going forward. I will be talking more about specifics in coming posts but I think we need to ask and answer a critical question; How much are we willing to pay to be right? I look forward to addressing this in future posts. In the mean time I congratulate you for being a Caring Grandparent. Grandpa NEIL[caption id="at Read More
I have just returned from the VA after getting a Thyroid tune-up and I want to celebrate that with you all. Even though it wasn’t that big of a deal any operation will tend to get our attention about the Gift of Health. I have been so fortunate to have had good health and according to the doctor that should continue. That means I will be sharing more tips on Grandparents rights as well as expanding out to encouraging each of you to do the things that allow you to spend more time and en Read More
Caring Grandparents will go to the ends of the earth to support and Affirm our grandchildren. It is not only the most powerful thing we can do but it is also a Grandparents Right.
I know you care about your grandchildren because you have come to this site. I will warn you that caring isn’t enough. If you are among the 2.5 million grandparents actually raising grandkids then here is an essential bit of advice. If you see disaster coming the wa Read More
In the same family there may be a need for Grandparents rights in one or parts of the family but the other parts of the family are going pretty smoothly.
It is not uncommon to have, say in my case 6 grandchildren with 4 sets of parents. Two of those sets of parents are divorced and two are still together. Even though I work very hard at keeping the lines of communications open with each of my 8 children/step children there are many factors Read More