Author: Ken Canfield, PhD

Granddaughters and Sports

Even before your grandchildren were born, you may have dreamed about your grandson as a star athlete. Well, you may have gotten it all wrong. Here’s something that some grandparents rarely consider. Granddaughters can be athletes, too! As a matter of fact, girls need to learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship and the thrill of victory just as much as boys. According to a recent article in the Kansas City Star, high school girls who play sports are significantly less likely to get pregnant or take drugs, and are more likely to get their diploma. Here are some specific ways...

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Read With Your Grandchildren

Read a good book lately-with your grandchildren? I have very fond memories of my grandparents reading to me. Here’s hoping that my grandchildren will be able to say the same. The rewards for both of you are immeasurable. I can think of five right off the bat. Reading brings you into close proximity to your young child. You can watch TV from opposite sides of the room. Not so with reading. You share the same book. You look at the pictures together. I believe that’s why God gave us laps. Reading encourages you to be interesting. If you read...

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What’s Your Granddaughter Feeling?

One evening, Drew’s granddaughter came home upset that her best friend had snubbed her, and she unloaded her frustration by yelling at her grandparent. Drew said, “It sounds like she’s not much of a friend.” Those words weren’t what his granddaughter wanted to hear. She bolted toward her room and slammed the door behind her. Does that sound like a common occurrence between grandparents and teenage granddaughters? It probably is. But Drew remembered some good advice he had heard when it comes to relating to granddaughters. It’s this: instead of thinking, “What’s the answer here?” ask yourself, “What’s she...

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Talking With a Teenage Grandson

So it’s time for you to sit down and have a face-to-face chat with your teenage grandson. Actually, there might be a better option. The public service announcements on television make it sound like the best approach is to just start a conversation about drugs or alcohol at the breakfast table. But most teenagers would just roll their eyes-and probably tune you out. Getting your teenage grandson to talk with you can be one of the greatest challenges of your fathering career, but it is doable. How do you bridge the gap? Let’s look at three suggestions. The first...

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How Grandparents Can Help Educate Tomorrow’s Leaders

Grandparents play a unique roll in their grandchildren’s education. We may or may not be the place of overseeing homework and day-to-day decisions about education. But we can all provide a supportive hand for our grandchildren by assisting them with homework, showing interest in the functions at their school, and helping to broaden their learning. REINFORCING SCHOOL LEARNING Research shows that students learn best when adults around them reinforce what’s being taught. Whether or not you have expertise in any of their academic subjects, there are always opportunities to ask questions about what they are learning and help them...

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