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Being A Grandparent Versus A Parent

Being a grandparent is a whole new ball game compared to being a parent! Finding the perfect balance between offering guidance, stepping back to observe, and occasionally (but hopefully rarely!) stepping in to discipline, can be a real thin line to walk.


Kendra and Grandchildren

Here's Why:


Generational Shifts:  The world our grandchildren are growing up in is quite different from the one we experienced as children. Parenting styles and societal norms change, so it's important to be mindful of respecting our children's (the parents') approach while still offering our own wisdom.


Boundaries Matter:  While we discipline as parents, the role of grandparent often involves more playtime and less punishment. It's important to establish clear boundaries with our grandchildren and with our own children (the parents) about what kind of involvement we'll have in discipline. This involvement often shifts if we are caregivers for any period of time so this can be a factor as well.


Building Trust:  The best grandparent-grandchild relationships are built on trust and mutual respect. By offering support, listening without judgment, and being a source of fun and love, we can create a lasting bond with our grandchildren. Remember, sometimes the best guidance comes simply by being a positive role model and a listening ear.


While it's hard sometimes to stand on the sidelines and observe moments when we may do something different, it's more important to respect that the role we now have is different. Celebrate that!



With Love,


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