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.
Tune in on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or listen anytime on our free phone app.
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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