GW, TN, writes: Now that the election is over, I am wishing that I could have given my grandchild, who is now of voting age, a better understanding of the importance of civic duty, including why it is important to be informed of the issues and then voting. How might I do that now for the future? (My son and his wife don’t always agree on politics, so I don’t want to get in the middle.)
Contributing positively to society, including participation in political decision making, is important for a healthy world we live in, and it also enriches us. The phrase “enlightened self interest” comes to mind.
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Having spent the last few months staying close to my partner in life to assist her in getting to doctors’ appointments and work after an operation that didn’t go perfectly, I have found the internet to be a good friend. Putting other things on the back burner, the internet has enabled me to keep in touch with family, friends, and a world of information.
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Grandparents have a unique opportunity to help their grandchildren in ways that busy parents may not be able to do. We often see an overview of family dynamics and can see the effects of the media overload, instant-gratification, but not-enough-attention, that plagues our families. Visits to “grandma’s house,” where we can take time for 2-way communication with the children, can be a rejuvenating experience that will help children as they interact with the world.
Goldie Hawn’s Foundation’s program, MindUP (www.thehawnfoundation.org/curriculum), addresses the onslaught of media, the effects of parents working and being away from home many hours of the day, and the resulting lack of ability and opportunity to focus on inner growth and self awareness. Continue reading