Grandparent Tips: How to Be a Good Grandparent, Dealing with Grandparent Issues - FamilyEducation


Being a grandparent can be one of the greatest joys in life. It can also be one of the biggest challenges. Whether you have custody of your grandchildren and need some advice, or you just want some fun ideas for a weekend visit, here are all the resources you need for making the most of this special relationship.

12 Great Activities for Grandparents and Grandchildren

Today's grandparents are more actively involved than ever as childcare providers, weekend hosts, live-in family members, and visiting playmates. Find some fun ideas for outings and activities to enjoy with your grandchildren next time you're together. read more

Grandchildren and Divorce

Just knowing their grandparents are there, always ready and wanting to help in any way they can, is a wonderful emotional anchor for children, even if it's difficult for them to open up. read more

Granddaughter Moving Out

Grandparents are worried that their granddaughter will miss them terribly if she moves across the country. read more

Grandfamilies: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandfamilies: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren So much for spoiling them rotten, then sending them home to their parents. Grandparenting is not what it used to be. At a time when most expect to enjoy the fruit of their life's labor, growing numbers of senior citizens find they are saddled with a burden they never expected to bear: caring for their own children's children. Some facts: read more

Grandma: Acting as a Backup

Grandma: Acting as a Backup Hope Edelman, author of Mother of My Mother (Random House 1999), explains that, "Dependable, predictable adults are the foundation of a child's world. In the child's mind, grandparents serve as backup parents, the nest that will break the family's fall." read more

Grandparent Wants to Help Gifted Grandchild

Grandparents can assume some wonderfully unique and significant roles in the lives of their gifted grandchildren. read more

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenEasing the Burden of "Second Parenthood" More Americans than ever are assuming the responsibility of caring for their children's children. What's causing the increase? According to Martha Crowther, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, some reasons are: read more

How to Handle a Grandchild with ADHD

A grandparent who can provide consistent and firm boundaries for a child with ADHD can be a very helpful force in the life of the child. read more

Preparing Children for a Grandparent's Death

A mother seeks advice on how to prepare her children (ages 8, 11, and 20) for their grandmother's imminent decline and death. read more

Raising Grandchildren

Raising grandchildren can require a different approach than raising your children. read more

Stepfamilies: Trouble in Grandparent Land

Stepfamilies: Trouble in Grandparent Land Sometimes the going isn't so blissful, the wrinkled faces aren't as crinkled with smile lines as they are with frowns, and the kids are little monsters. read more

The "Grand" in Grandparents

The "Grand" in Grandparents To many children, grandparents really are "grand" — as in magnificent and wonderful. After all, Grandma and Grandpa always are happy to see them, let them stay up late and sleep in, cook their favorite foods, buy them a beloved toy, and listen attentively as they recount their dreams and disappointments. Grandma and Grandpa just revel in their grandchild's presence, and vice-versa. "Grandparents and grandchildren are kind of hard-wired to connect in ways very different from parents and children," says Dr. read more

The Rights of Grandparents

The Rights of Grandparents Grandparents don't have a lot of legal rights, though they do have a few. In all states, the courts can grant visitation rights to grandparents (Grands, your partner's parents, or Other Grands, your partner's ex's parents). But just because they petition doesn't mean they will win—it's gotta be in the best interest of the child. Sometimes the grandparents have to prove that they have a deep and lasting relationship with the grandchild. Sometimes they'll gain visitation if the child lived with them for a while. read more

Tips on How to Be a Great Grandma

Tips on How to Be a Great Grandma Don't be a play-it-again mom. It's your daughter's turn. Besides, grandparenting is delicious! Like the 50 million other grandparents in the United States, you will want to spend time and money on these love bundles. And, like many grandparents, you won't live in the same city as your daughter. When you visit, heed these suggestions: read more

Uncovering Grandma's Many Talents

Uncovering Grandma's Many Talents There is no doubt that a mother's love for her daughter's little one, whether boy or girl, is a reflection of her love for her daughter, adds to a daughter's feelings of acceptance, and is deeply gratifying for both women. But that is just the tip of the iceberg! Grandma's Unique Mixture A grandmother is a unique blend of essential and nonessential elements. She… read more

What Children Call Their Grandparents

What Children Call Their Grandparents As your baby gets older and begins talking, she will have to call her grandparents something. Will they simply be grandma and grandpa? Or something a little cuter, like the way your child first mispronounces their names? Or will it be an ethnic name or something from your own childhood? read more

When Grandparents Give Parents Unwanted Advice

When Grandparents Give Parents Unwanted Advice Grandparents can be a source of invaluable advice and support. In addition to raising their own kids, they had years of experience dealing with all the things that help a family run smoothly. Ideally, that would mean that if you have a problem, you could ask one of your baby's grandparents and get some useful advice. read more