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5 Tips for Successful Grandparenting

Paul and I are having a great time in our second year as grandparents. We both remember having special relationships with our own grandparents and want to create those bonds with our own grandchildren. Though we have only had a little experience, we are finding there are certain things we can do to ensure we are able to build the best relationship possible:

  1. Stay physically fit. Those children need someone who will crawl on the floor with them, play “horsey” on your back, and be able to use a stroller, not a walker or cane.
  2. Stay technologically fit. Learn how to use “Facetime”, “Skype”, and “Texting.” Since our two grandchildren live far away, we have had to learn ways to enjoy them through technology. It is so much fun to watch the toddler run away from the phone and then slowly creep back toward it so close that you just want to touch those round little cheeks! As they grow older, it is so exciting to be able to watch their physical progress instantly and help them continue to create memories (albeit digital) with their grandparents.
  3. Turn back the clock when it comes to choosing activities with them. Let their parents play with them on the computer, but you can bring in a board game, take them fishing or camping and create ways that neither of their parents can find the time to do, or may have experienced themselves long ago.
  4. Make banana ice cream, chocolate pudding, carob fudge and BarleyMax popsicles with them. Who says that grandparents have to spoil their grandchildren with junk? We know many grandparents who have spoiled their grandchildren with orange and green mustaches. Remember, what they have learned while young, will stay with them forever.
  5. The greatest gifts you can give these young children are your love and time. They will have many more creature comforts than you most likely ever did. But the relationship you establish and maintain with them will yield greater rewards and benefits for the entire family than any other legacy you could leave for them.

We have another grandchild coming in the Fall and the idea of holding a newborn again brings us both great joy. In today’s busy and stress-filled world, make sure you carve out a place for your grandchildren. With the depth of wisdom, love and comfort you can provide them, you will be an integral part of their life. Enjoy the greatest gift that comes with age—Grandchildren! What tips can you share for successful grandparenting?

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  1. Viv szpakowski May 20, 2015

    Enjoy getting emails with great information but i am afraid its far to many. Less is more the saying goes one every 3-4 days would be better is it posible for that to happen for me
    Thank you regards viv

    • Christy Okon May 20, 2015

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  2. Jan Erne May 20, 2015

    This article about grand parenting was really lovely and I so agree with each of the tips offered! We have a grandchild due in the fall also, October 29 to be precise 🙂 ! The baby will have a 4 yr old brother and 18 month-old sister. I just want to take a moment to say that our lives have been enriched beyond measure because we have done EXACTLY as you suggest in your 5 points. Also please accept our sincere and heartfelt thanks for the work that you do at Hallelujah Acres! BarleyMax has been part of my daily nutritional regimen for 5 or 6 years. The excellent nutritional guidance and encouragement regarding juicing and diet have helped me manage a serious health challenge and I will be forever grateful to our Heavenly Father and to your organization!

    May He continue to bless your work in sharing the knowledge that we don’t have to be sick!

  3. Thank you for the good article reminding grand parents of taking time with the grandchildren. I am now a great grandmother and one of my great granddaughters who is 7 years old just loves the time I spend with her in the kitchen teaching her how to cook; and of course, it is healthy things. I also spent time teaching her how to garden as well. It was so much fun for both of us. I am also planning a homemaking class for her and her older sister on kitchen safety next week. They are being home schooled so it is great when grandma can be one of their teachers. While I am teaching, I am also able to share spiritual guidance and character training as well (things like overcoming complaining). I shared with the girls that they will have to wash dishes and clean up the kitchen the rest of their lives so they had a choice, they could ask the Lord to give them the grace to do it cheerfully or they could complain and be miserable every time they faced this chore. Bless you for taking time to remind grandparents about the really important things in life.

    • Ursula Ott May 28, 2015

      Betty Miller, your family is so very lucky and blessed! My husband and I will be grandparents for the first time in the next few weeks. I love the way you described what you do with your great grandaughter! I homeschooled one of my children and it is so great the way you can incorporate daily living experiences into their learning. Keep up the fantastic job!

  4. This is such a great help for me since I am expecting to become a grandma by the end of the month. I couldn’t wait to carry my first grandson but I was also a bit worried that I might mess up when the he gets older. Though I still can’t do most of the stuffs here, but at least I can now prepare when the time comes. Thank you for this!

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