Author: Ken Canfield, PhD

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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Should You Move Closer to Your Grandkids?

I talk with many grandparents whose eyes are opened to the incredible potential of their role in the lives of their grandchildren. Sometimes these grandparents will contact me or talk with me weeks or months later and say with great excitement, “We’ve decided to move closer to the grandkids!” For many, that’s a positive step. However, as I’m sure you’re aware, grandparenting involves a complicated set of relationships, and they aren’t always easy to navigate. When compared to being a parent, grandparenting usually means more distance from your grandkids. Unless you’re raising them or living with them, you probably...

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Overcoming 5 Common Grandparent Barriers

There are so many rewards and joys that come with grandparenting, and I’m always surprised to meet grandparents who have little to do with their grandchildren. Then, when I hear their stories, it makes a bit more sense and I can sympathize. Often there are issues with the middle generation, the grandkids’ parents, since they are the gatekeepers for that relationship. Conflicts and unresolved hurts with the adult children make it much more difficult to be the loving grandparent we want to be. But we grandparents can play a leading role in modeling positive, peace-keeping habits like proactive kindness,...

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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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