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8 Skills of Attentive Listening for Grandparents

8 Skills of Attentive Listening for Grandparents

When someone says they want better communication with a child or grandchild, they shouldn’t just jump in and start communicating. The first thing they need to do—and do well—is listen. Active listening is so important. Here are eight great ideas to keep in mind: Face...
Have a Cousins’ Weekend

Have a Cousins’ Weekend

One grandmother and her husband intentionally try to make the most out of their time with their grandkids. Caring grandparents are a benefit to the kids’ parents simply through their involvement, but this couple took it further. They began scheduling cousins’ weekends...
Grandparents are Extra Encouragers

Grandparents are Extra Encouragers

Being highly involved in our grandkids’ lives helps us be better encouragers. Our consistent presence means that we’ll be there during many of their victories and failures and everything in between. We’ll see their strengths and weaknesses, and we can be difference...
Chores to Help Grandchildren Grow

Chores to Help Grandchildren Grow

My good friend Judd Swihart suggested this simple idea to help our grandchildren grow and mature. Pay them to work for you. Of course, these should be tasks they can handle, but they may even have fun. Judd hired three of his grandsons to paint an old shed on his...