How to Be a Grandparent
About the Author
Are You a Grandparent?
Charlie stood in front of the glass wiping the tears from his face. Did it bother him that a grown man was crying at the hospital? Not at all! Celebrating the birth of his second child was a miracle in progress. He thought the birth of his first was overwhelming but after being told that he and his wife likely wouldn’t have another made this birth so very special! The only thing missing was sharing this joyful occasion with his parents. Carol’s parents lived out of state but his were just across town. How he wished he could turn back time to before Carol and his mom butted heads. Carol was a new mom of a high risk infant. As an only child and thinking this would be her only grandchild his mom was over-sensitive and expressed her desire to help in a “pushy” and “overbearing” way. If only he could mend those fences. . .
The best chance of avoiding a situation like Charlie’s is to not let it happen in the first place. There are all kinds of circumstances that can drive a wedge between adult children and their parents. It really doesn’t matter what the details are, the saddest thing about a scenario like this is that nobody wins. Not the seniors, not the parents and not the children.
There is something devastating about a situation where parents of adult children are unable to connect with the parent(s) of their grandchildren. No grandchild should have to deal with an empty hole where the connection to their “grands” should lie. The adults should be able to resolve their differences in order to enable the family to function.
This situation usually comes up when someone feels slighted. Either the adult child feels snubbed by the grandparent(s) or they feel as though the grandparent overstepped their bounds.
Heck, I get it. Can you remember way Okay, we didn’t say it was rational. When dealing with emotions sometimes rational thought has to take a backseat to reality. And, does anyone ever forget hearing over and over again how your precious new bundle of joy was just like their child (you pick which one).
Again, it doesn’t matter if it’s logical. Throw a massive bundle of hormones into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. These situations usually blow over as time marches on. However, what if it doesn’t and how do you move on? Well, only you have the answer to that question. However, if you are looking for some guidance before things reach that point, then you are in the right place.
So how are you going to help me?
Good question and the answer is a guide written for grandparents of newly born grandchildren. It isn’t some psycho-babble about the latest and greatest whiz bang deal that will create happily ever afters.
As a matter of fact, it’s probably just the opposite. Our author is a grandma who has had the insight to take her own “bad actions” and recreate them in a thoughtful manner.
She retraced her own experiences and created a footpath from infant to teenage and presented those experiences in a guide that can help you navigate your own grandparent experience.
Now, Cecily doesn’t claim to be an expert, just a senior who has “been there and done that.”
- It’s an easy read.
- It contains practical information.
- It can be put to work immediately.
- It’s a bargain and well worth the small price.
What will you learn . . .?
- Learn how to give advice . . . or not
- Find out how to get permission to ask
- Discover what the ground rules are
- Uncover how to guide a toddler through learning
- How to help curb your bragging rights
- Identifying how you might be holding a child back
- Dealing with bullies
- And much, much more.
Cecily didn’t write this guide for the family who has no problem communicating. She wrote it for the family who may have a troubled past or for a newer family who wants to avoid any possible pitfalls.
This is written for the grandpa who has an overbearing personality who wants to “take control” of every situation. Or, for the grandmother who believes either “her way or the highway.”
Again, this was written for the family who may have a challenge in their family dynamic or who anticipate that there might be one forthcoming. The chances are you already have things well in hand and will never need this bit of advice. But if you do . . . it’s good to know it’s sitting on your digital bookshelf…….. And at just $9.97 it’s a small price to check it out!
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