Grandchildren

Biggest Challenge: Grandchildren

--Dianne

Response from DM:

Dear Dianne: 

I am both a grandmother and a great-grandmother. Being a grandparent is a privilege and at times, a responsibility. When I was a teenager I saw an apron that said, “If I had known grandchildren were so great, I would have had them first.” Of course at that time, I could not possibly understand the concept, but now I certainly see the joy that grandchildren can bring. I think our obligation as the older members of the family is to be role models by sharing the wisdom and insight that comes with having had more life experience. We know the twists and turns and challenges life can present.

We of course do not have a crystal ball to see into the future, but our experiences can help others if we are willing to share our insights and thoughts. There are many avenues you can explore with your family, or even just grandchildren alone, especially if you want to take an educational trip or a vacation. When my granddaughter was studying US government for school, the two of us went to Washington, DC, and explored aspects of the government including its workings, its financial system, and a host of other activities. We did homework every night, took many photos, and made a scrapbook of all our events. She got an A+ for her efforts. The trip was a highlight for both of us. This was not something that happened overnight, but an event that took a lot of planning on my part. All relationships are a result of what you put into them. Enjoy each moment with your grandchildren; they grow up so fast and will soon be on their own. I wish you happy adventures.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion

 

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