Author: Ken Canfield, PhD

9 Creative Ways to Connect with Grandchildren Using Skype or Facetime

Today’s technology gives us all kinds of opportunities to bond with our grandchildren. Do you ever Skype or Facetime with your grands? If so, you know it can be a fantastic way to stay in touch and catch up with them. On a phone or tablet, they can take your conversation wherever they want to go and show you details about where they are. And young grandkids might also set the phone down somewhere and walk away, leaving you stranded. That isn’t the best part, but getting to interact with them is definitely worth it. To make the most...

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3 Things to Remember when Grandparenting is Hard

A Welsh proverb says, “Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.” Many of us have experienced that. Unfortunately, things don’t always seem “perfect” for very long. Every grandparenting story is unique and rich, and some are complex and challenging. There are grandparents raising grandchildren, long-distance grandparents, traditional grandparents, grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren after a divorce or family crisis, single grandparents, estranged grandparents, step-grandparents, surrogate grandparents and even spiritual grandparents. Some of these situations bring real hardships to what should be a joy-filled role. We all know grandparents who are struggling through difficulties—or maybe we...

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5 Grandparenting Tips for Holiday Traditions

Traditions are also very meaningful to just about everyone during the Christmas season. They help us express our family’s uniqueness, they help everyone anticipate being together to celebrate, and they often create memories that last a lifetime. Christmas traditions help to make this season bright, but sometimes other things get in the way. So here are some tips to keep in mind: Lead the way. As grandparents, we should be a unifying presence for the family. That means being proactive about gathering the extended family. Often it’s expected that everyone’s coming “over the river and through the woods to...

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