I've always tried to be an intentional parent, building relationships with my kids, and yet giving them the freedom to be who God created them to be.
As a grandmother, I've had to work at separating my ongoing parenting of my younger kids, while being grandma to my older kids' children.
I know many of you are very involved grandparents, taking time with your grandkids, doing fun activities. I've seen friends whose adult children had expectations that their parents would be at every event their grands were doing, and thus not really having the freedom to do anything but that multiple times a week baseball game. How do you be intentional, to build into your grandchildren's lives, and yet have your own life?
Right now, my grands are all young, the oldest is seven, the youngest are 16 months old, and we don't have lots of grandkid activities going on. When Kamryn and Klaire come over, Kamryn is interested in either playing with Kyle or if he is not here, she wants to watch a movie.
So far my grandparenting of her has been more babysitting, and teaching her school. I don't see Isla except when we FaceTime, because they are in South Carolina. So I'm trying to develop ideas to build relationship with her while living at a distance.
I wanted to start a conversation here, in the comments, because I'd like to hear your thoughts on this subject. I know that we all have different circumstances, and depending on where our kids live we may not see our grands that often.
I'm hoping to learn from you and plan to do an ongoing series on this in the weeks to come.
All right, let me hear your thoughts on this!