Did you have a grandparent who “saw” you and encouraged you in a unique and special way? Did your grandmother make the very best food in the whole wide world? Were your grandparents a “safe haven” if your parents were upset, working or too tired to listen to you?
Maybe you’re the grandpa who showed your “kids” how to fly fish and you all still enjoy those fishing trips every summer! Or perhaps you’re the one all the grandkids come to when they need help “explaining” the latest scrape they’d gotten themselves into?
Back in In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.
Did you know the best teamwork often occurs when a generation is skipped? Many grandparents play the roles of “stress buffers,” family historians,” “arbitrators,” and “keepers of the recipes.”
This Grandparents Day, September 8th, is a very special one for us at www.ParentingOurParents.org as this is the day YOU CAN PRE-ORDER our new book, Parenting Our Parents: Transforming the Challenge into a Journey of Love.
The stories and descriptions above are only a few of those I’ve heard from grateful people on both sides of the “Grandparent Divide” over the years. I’d love to hear yours. Please share it here!”