Author: Ken Canfield, PhD

Teach Your Grandkids with Proverbs and Maxims

“You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” “Many hands make light work.” “Nothing good ever happens after midnight.” “Pretty is as pretty does.” “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” “Take time to smell the roses.” “Trouble shared is a trouble halved.” Did you ever hear your grandparents say any of these? Or maybe your parents? Every family seems to have a collection of much-used sayings. My wife Dee and I undoubtedly made our children sick of a certain adage or two through the years. Some would consider statements these mere clichés, but if you drill down...

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Grandparents Are Examples of Dignity and Strength

As grandparents, we are likely the best examples of a “mature adult” that our grandchildren will see. Of course, maturity has its pros and cons. Barring some tragedy, we’ll become frailer through the years and pass on before our children and grandchildren do. And we are undoubtedly modeling more than how to cope with declining physical health. Anyone living this long will probably have to deal with relationship issues, emotional wounds, and possibly tough family situations. It’s likely our children and grandchildren notice not only how we cope with life’s physical challenges, but also how we deal with these...

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3 Ways to Be a Step Ahead of Your Grandkids

I’m a firm believer that we grandparents need to be thinking a step ahead of our grandchildren to help them be their best. What does it mean to think a step ahead? Three things are part of this: First, we need to be aware of some general things about kids as they grow up, so we can anticipate what’s ahead for them. For some, this will come natural from our years as parents. That knowledge about what kids typically go through as three-year-olds, grade-schoolers and teenagers—and the various challenges along the way—is very valuable as we seek to encourage...

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We Are Grandparenting Future Leaders

When I think about my role as a grandparent, there’s a word picture I keep coming back to: My grandchildren are missionaries that my wife Dee and I will send to a world we may never see. That could become true literally if they are called to reach and help people in some faraway place. But it’s true for all our grandkids in some sense. Thinking about it another way, our world is in great need of leadership. Are your grandchildren future leaders? I hope you view them that way, even if right now they’re spitting up on their...

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Involved Grandparenting Is a Win-Win

Grandparents, if you’re reading a blog on grandparenting then you probably don’t need to hear this, but I want to put it out there anyway, in case you’ve forgotten: There are very good reasons for you to be involved in the lives of your grandkids. Although we can find examples where the grandparent-grandchild relationship does not bring about positive outcomes, in the vast majority of cases, if a grandchild has an engaged, caring, and supportive grandparent, it’s a win-win. When you observe grandmothers and grandfathers interacting with their grandchildren—listening, learning, and growing in love and respect for one another—it’s...

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