One of the most difficult issues facing grandparents today is what role do we play?
There are no hard and fast rules for being a great grandparent. We don’t have generations of experiences to draw from. For many of us, we are simply constructing relationships with our grandchildren on what we think is right, not from what experience has taught us.
Choosing and defining our roles as grandparents
In this respect we are trend setters, forging new paths. We will be the benchmark which our children will use to create their own relationships with our great-grandchildren. How exciting will it be to witness that!
While we are all individuals and are reliant on our means, there are seven main roles many grandparents fall into.
These are: protector, clown, conformist, Santa Claus, nurturer, guide and mentor.
If you are new to grandparenting then you may not have considered what role you are going to play. Like me, you probably just want to fit and have your new grandchild like you.
Becoming a grandparent for the first time
New grandparents are like new parents. This new experience has them gushing with pride. They are in awe of this new person, and are not afraid to tell their friends all about him or her. While those, more experienced grandparents, look on, nod, and smile. They are thinking, “Was I that over the top, surely not!” But chances are, they were, and that’s okay.
What role will you play?
No grandparents have the choice when this new journey begins for them. For some, it is thrust upon them out of the blue, and for others it has seemed to take a lifetime to arrive. Most of us fit between these two extremes somehow, very few of us actively think about our role as grandparents, and what part we have to play in our grandchildren’s lives.
If you want to be actively involved in your grandchild’s life it is important you decide which role you would like to play.
Choose one which has the greatest impact and most positive influence.
This excerpt was taken from, The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing. Click on the link below to get your free introduction.