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May 22, 2017

Advice for Grandparents Who Want More Time with their Grandchildren




Yes, even psychologists like to read advice columns.  Or at least this one does.  My thinking is we need to keep an eye on our competition. Gain a few common sense pointers for those tricky problems that outcome research hasn't studied yet.

My personal favorite is The Washington Post's Carolyn Hax.  I like the way she frames her answers. She takes many variables into consideration rather than jumping to the most obvious, and sometimes the most judgemental, conclusion.

Recently she tackled one of the most common dilemmas posed by grandparents who want to see more of their grandchildren.  When they feel left out, uninvited, unwanted, and unappreciated.  In a word, unloved, but that's certainly not how they put it.

So for any grandparents out there who wish their children would include them more often, I suggest reading, and considering the advice of Ms. Hax, here.  You might also consider scheduling an initial session with a licensed psychologist or licensed marriage and family therapist.  Sometimes the insights of a professional can help open doors with your children and grands.