Author: Brock Griffin

Pursuing Healthy Relationships with Grandchildren

I remember running across my uncle’s farmyard one day when I was five years old. Minutes earlier my family had arrived at his house. The sun was bright. It was probably hot, too, being in the heart of South Carolina. I don’t remember the heat, though; I only recall the bright sunshine of the day. Crops stood on both sides of the beaten-down, earthy path that ran from my uncle’s house to my granddaddy’s house. The crops were probably cotton, but I paid no attention to them. I was focused on the “big house” ahead—and on my granddaddy. He...

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When Grandchildren Have Disabilities

Our grandchild Hezekiah was about four or five years old when, during the course of our conversation, he looked me in the eye and sincerely asked, “Opa, how old will I have to be before I can walk like the other kids?” The question stabbed me like a knife, but I did not flinch on the outside. Since Hezekiah was born with spina bifida, he is paraplegic. He is now eleven years old and, of course, uses his wheelchair most of the time. We have eleven grandchildren, and during family gatherings he is an active participant in the grandkid...

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What Kids Say About Grandparents …

What do your grandchildren think about you? What memories with you stick out in their minds? They might not ever communicate that to you (or they might), but here are some written comments from other grandchildren about their grandparents to encourage you. Know that your grandchildren would have very similar things to say about you. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grandma helps me do my homework. When I don’t understand things and if she doesn’t know, she tries to figure it out with me. –...

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Ways To Be Involved In Your Grandchildren’s Education

Recently I was with a group of friends, and we were talking about our favorite topic—our grandchildren, of course! It always amazes me how we all love our grandchildren, but many of us don’t really ‘know’ them. For a variety of reasons, grandparents sometimes have little knowledge about what is really going on in their grandchildren’s lives, and that’s especially true when it comes to their education. Many grandparents would like to be more in tune with their grandkids’ schooling, goals, hobbies, friends, accomplishments and struggles. I am fortunate to have 10 of my 13 grandchildren living in the...

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Workaholism – a Slippery Slope

What shapes your identity? In the world of yesterday, we used to say that a man’s identity was mostly locked up in what he does and what he produces, and that a woman’s identity was primarily about their relationships—most fundamentally their relationships at home. Although this is still common, it isn’t necessarily the case for all. Grandfathers and grandmothers may feel that their prime child-raising years are behind them. Even if they aren’t in an employment position where they feel overwhelming respect, the adult world is frequently less chaotic and certainly more predictable than raising children. But children deserve...

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