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This blog gives grandparents an opportunity to challenge ideas and be challenged, clarify their own values, and find helpful and rewarding options to ways of grandparenting that enhances their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Today’s youth can’t relate to our experiences, on the farms, small towns, or cities of the 1900s–no indoor plumbing, running water, or electricity, walking to school in the middle of blizzards, creating our own amusements–much less no TV, computers, or smart phones! (When ‘80s music is now “retro,” you know we’ve moved on to another century!) But grandparents can bring valuable perspective to the complexities of growing up today, and we can enjoy our grandchildren in ways that we may not have had time for our own children.
Many parents are working long hours. Many families are one-parent families or blended families. Most young people are growing up in multicultural, pluralistic communities and societies. That means that children see many different ways of behaving and many different parenting styles—no longer are the family and the neighbors reinforcing similar values and expected behaviors. Living in the modern world can be a fun, interesting, and rich experience for young people. At the same time, they can also question the authority of the adults in their lives and resist the expectations of their parents. Sound familiar?: “Jimmy doesn’t have to do chores?” “Annie’s mom lets her do….”