Grandparents Parenting Again
This two-part series focuses on grandparents who face the challenges and rewards of raising their grandchildren. In the past decade there has been a rise in the number of grandparents who step in to raise their grandchildren either temporarily or permanently. As sole caretakers for their grandchildren, grandparents face many difficult challenges and choices and have to balance these difficulties with their love and hopes for their grandchildren’s upbringing and future. Participants will learn strategies that can help grandparents cope with the demands and stresses of their role. Grandparents will have the opportunity to discuss their parenting role, how it affects everyone in the family, and what they can do to lower their stress, feel more successful, and find meaning in parenting again.
YOUR ROLE IN RAISING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
Participants explore their grandparenting role and how this connects to their family history and culture, view of the world today, and ideas about the future. Participants will identify their grandparenting style and discuss changes in parenting since they parented their adult children. Lastly, they will reflect on their family values and create a vision for their future grandparenting.
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL GRANDPARENTING
Participants examine the relationships between grandparents, their adult children, and grandchildren; the factors that influence these relationships; and the impact these relationships have on the grandparents and grandchildren. Discussions will include the challenges and advantages of raising your grandchildren and the demands of parenting again as well as strategies to cope with stress and ideas for how grandparents can improve relationships with their adult children.