Author: Brock Griffin

5 Ways to Be Your Grandchild’s Valentine

We just got done with Christmas, but any store that sells greeting cards or candy moves on to the next holiday, because there’s always one just around the corner. That might make you feel overwhelmed by the commercialism that’s everywhere in today’s world, but this time it’s Valentine’s Day, which is a great holiday for grandparents and grandchildren. Compared to Christmas, expectations are lower. No one is making up gift lists, so there’s much less pressure to buy our grandkids just the right item. Whatever we do to bless them and celebrate our love for them will be greatly...

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3 Meaningful Gifts for Your Grandkids

Is there anything better than giving gifts to our grandkids? It might be one of the best things about the holiday season. As grandparents, there needs to be a balance between the joy of showering them with gifts and not going too far, where our gifts begin to push them toward materialism or become a burden for their parents. We want them to feel special and loved, but not entitled or self-absorbed. Here are three suggestions for meaningful gifts you can give them this year, which could be instead of or in addition to other gifts on their wish...

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5 Grand Roles for Grandparents

Eighteen years ago, my husband and I waited expectantly for the arrival of our first grandchild. We were excited, happy, and curious about grandparenting. Just like new parents, we had no inkling as to how much grandchildren would change our lives. We heard from other grandparents that it was the best thing in the world, and that we could love on the babies and send them home when they cried. This was not nearly enough information. We also found that some of it was false. There are still times when our heart breaks over our grandchildren, just as it...

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Filling the Grandparenting Void

Most of us have no chance to change the world. But any of us can have an impact on our own little corner of the world.  Don Shulz is a 64-year-old retired gentleman who suffered a stroke over four years ago. Now, he’s restricted to a three-wheeled motorized wheelchair. I’m sure some men in that condition would give up on life, thinking they had nothing more to contribute. Not Don. Not long ago, Don got to know a young African American family in his neighborhood while they were outside taking walks. They became friends, and soon the young mother asked Don...

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Helping to Shape a Future Worker

Grandparent, do you find yourself speculating about your grandchild’s future career path? If your grandkids are like mine, people started characterizing them from an early age: “Wow, she has long fingers. She’ll be a great piano player some day.” Or, “He loves to push buttons and figure out how things work. I bet he’ll grow up to be an engineer.” Now, we know that many complicated factors determine our grandchild’s future. And the future is uncertain. But that doesn’t mean we can’t start shaping and visioning with our grandchildren-even at a young age. Grandchildren who are given opportunities to...

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