Grandparent Led Families

In grandparent-led families, grandparents are the primary caregivers of their grandchildren. Consider these tips to help you raise successful kids.

  • Parents who work together are typically most effective at raising kids. Working to improve your relationship with other significant adults in your kids’ lives can be an important long-term investment that really pays off. If the children’s parents are still involved in their lives, being clear about who makes the rules, who enforces them, and who is responsible for discipline ahead of time might help reduce tensions when challenging situations arise.

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  • Have your grandchild’s friends over to the house sometimes. This is a good way to get to know their peer group—and for their peer group to see your family as a family that works great for your grandkids.

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  • Make sure you get the support and relaxation you need for yourself. You may not have been planning to raise a second family, and may at times feel regret at not being free to enjoy yourself as you had anticipated. When you get safety instructions on an airplane, they remind you to put your own oxygen mask on first, before helping others. You can be there for your grandkids in the ways they need you more easily if you have gotten the support and recuperation you need to feel well and balanced.

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