Archive for May 20, 2010

Speaking of Grandparents….

Here we are in the brink of…S-U-M-M-E-R!!!!

Ideally, this is the season of down-time, and vacations, and visiting grandparents. Looking back, I would say that my grandparents were some of the strongest people of influence in my life. Children are naturally curious about the way things ‘used to be in the old days’…and this is a great opportunity for children to hear about your parent’s values, to look at wedding pictures, hear funny stories about you,  and to hear the wisdom of the ages from your parents. Encourage these conversations, and maybe even give your children a notebook full of questions to ask their Grandparents when they go for a visit.

At some point, your parents also need to be prepared for some of the issues that come up with computers, late night tv, smart phones, and internet dangers. I think it would be very helpful for you to share with your parents what your family “Message” is about sex, so that they can reinforce that in their conversations….will that be hard for you to do? Very possibly!

It is a different world today than when your parents were growing up…but some things never change, and the love of grandparents for their grandchildren is one of those things! Take advantage of these precious people who love your children to  encourage their influence in positive ways! Long walks on beaches or through mountains are the perfect setting for sharing and making a difference this summer!

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