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Jun022016

To Grandmother and Granddad’s House We Go!

By:  Donna Martin

School’s out!  So what are you going to do with the kids?  How about sending them to Grandma and Grandpa’s house?  Not every day of course.  That would get old.   But be sure and schedule a few days for your children to spend time with their grandparents.  There is only a short window of time when your children can experience the joy of getting to know their grandparents.  This is due to the fact that as children get older they are involved in more activities and have less time to spend with grandparents.  Also, as the years go by, age and illness can make it difficult for grandparents to care for the children.  So begin allowing your children to spend a few days with their grandparents as soon as is agreeable for you and for their grandparents.  If your child feels hesitant to spend the night, do not give in to her fears.  Assure her that she will be safe with her grandparents and that you will see her in a few days.  I remember crying at first when my parents left me with my grandmother, but shortly after they left, my grandmother had calmed me down and I was busy having a great time.  I have the best memories of our time with her.  Our grandchildren sometimes get homesick for mom and dad at bedtime, but after reading a few books, telling some funny stories, and tucking them in, they fall asleep and wake up ready to play the next day.  Then when it is time for them to go home to Mom and Dad, they cry because they want to stay with us.

Children can learn so much from their grandparents.  Only when you are a grandparent will you understand the extent of a grandparent’s love.

Of course, if your parents are ill or do not live a lifestyle that is good for your children, you would not want to leave your children alone with them.  However, in most situations you, your marriage, your children, and your parents will all benefit from a little time at “Nana and Poppy Camp” each summer.  And best of all it’s free!

The Martins currently present “Happy Together” Marriage Enrichment Events for churches and organizations.  To schedule an event call Michael at 940-735-1515. They are certified “Prepare/Enrich” Facilitators and are available to work with couples on an individual basis using the “Prepare/Enrich Assessment.”  They publish a weekly “Happy Together” Blog about family and marriage issues.  You can order copies of their new books Dancing With Death and 366 Tidbits We Have Learned in 14,610 Days of Marriage, read, and subscribe to their “Happy Together” Blog by logging onto the Martin’s website at www.happytogethermarriages.com.

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