Author: Ken Canfield, PhD

Grandparent Dreams: Powerful Video

Have you seen the recent commercial featuring a grandfather and his “dream car”? Watch it here: Now, sharing this video is not an endorsement of this company other than to say I appreciate the powerful message for grandparents. But it raises some interesting ideas. Did you have dreams about what you wanted to do during your later years? Some people look forward to retiring or cutting back on working hours so they can travel more. Some think about moving to a warmer climate so they can relax and do things they enjoy. Some, like this grandfather, start planning for...

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Reading with Your Grandkids: 3 Benefits and 6 Tips

We grandparents are uniquely equipped to help our grandchildren with reading. It’s such an important skill, and it’s one that many kids today aren’t all that interested in when they could be playing a video game or whatever. But we know the rewards and the excitement of reading good book, whether it’s for learning or entertainment or something else. This struck me not long ago when my wife Dee returned from volunteering at our grandchildren’s school: she did various tasks to help the teachers, but a lot of what she did was work one-on-one with kids, helping them with...

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6 Ways Grandparents Help to Build Family Strength

Some years ago, a team of researchers came up with 6 qualities of strong families. And while parents have much more influence in these areas, I believe we grandparents have an important role in modeling and reinforcing these values. If we fell short as parents, this is like a second chance to do better and set a positive tone for our extended family. Briefly, here are the 6 qualities of family strength: Commitment. A grandparent’s commitment shows up in his or her priorities, maybe most of all. This means believing that God has a good reason for giving you...

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What Grandkids Matter Is All About

Here at Grandkids Matter, the tagline on our magazine and much of what we do is made up of four words that sum up our mission: “Connecting hearts, uniting generations.” Those words inspire me and remind me what I’m all about as a grandparent, and I suspect you share some of my perspective. So let me break it down a little bit: Connecting hearts is all about the magical and rewarding relationships we have with our grandchildren. It’s making regular investments in their lives, encouraging them, making them feel special, and enjoying them as much as we can. It’s...

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Grandkids Need You to Model a Strong & Lasting Marriage

For Valentine’s Day, have you enjoyed expressing your love to your grandkids with gifts and expressions of your love? Maybe you aren’t done, or maybe you still have plans … and that’s great. Soak it all in! While you’re doing that, I hope you realize that you’re probably doing something even more important that will help them in future relationships, simply through your modeling. Consider this statement from an adult woman: I learned from my grandparents that relationships require not just love, but also dedication, sacrifice, strength, devotion, and prayer. Married almost 67 years before passing, they taught me...

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