One writer called grandparenting “the greatest job on earth, handed to you wrapped in a blanket.”
Friends and colleagues of mine who are grandparents tell me it’s a blast.
But they also tell me grandparenting can be a challenge.
Like, how do you stay connected when you live far away from your adult children and grandchildren?
Or how do you maintain a healthy relationship with your adult children? This is a new season of life for both of you. You have an opportunity to deepen your relationship with your child and to have a life-transforming relationship with your grandchildren. You’ve got years of life experience and wisdom to share.
You’ve probably heard the old joke: “Grandparents and grandchildren have a common enemy.” They also have a common love. And with 70 million grandparents in our country, that’s a lot of love and influence to be poured into the next generation.
The trouble is, we hear from a lot of grandparents who don’t know how to make the most of their grandparenting years. They don’t know how to have influence as older, wiser member of the family.
I had a great conversation about this with Chrys Howard, author of the book Rockstar Grandparent: How You Can Lead the Way, Light the Road, and Launch a Legacy. Chrys is the mother of three adult children, one of whom is Korie Robertson, one of the stars of the A&E hit TV show Duck Dynasty. She’s also a grandparent to 14 grandchildren.
Chrys is with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Rocking Your Grandparenting Years” to talk about her experiences. There are boundaries to honor, but a lot of bridges to be built as well.
For a gift of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of Chrys’ book as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. For more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
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