Christian Grandparenting Blog
Prayer provides a natural avenue for us to share our spiritual inheritance. It offers us a platform from which we can communicate the love we have for our family and God. It affords us the opportunity to confirm our Lord’s abiding presence and steadfast love, and opens the door for us to teach our grandchildren about how to trust and depend upon Jesus.read more
Do you recall when you first began to feel that your parents didn’t fully understand you?
Perhaps that moment happened so long ago that it’s fuzzy.
This feeling is what social scientists refer to as generational distance. Experiencing generational distance is fairly normal, although it tends to manifest differently throughout the ages.read more
You may live close. You may live far. You may have lots of time with your grandkids or a few precious hours. But I’m guessing that whenever you’re with your grandchildren, you take every chance to share your wisdom and experience. The familiar term “teachable moment” comes to mind. Perhaps more important than teachable moments are “prayable moments.” Taking advantage of prayable moments allows you to model how to pray, confirms the power of prayer, and opens the hearts of your grandkids about the needs of others.read more
Praying for family and friends is pretty common among Christians. Sometimes we pray for safety during travels or for a successful job search. We ask for God’s favor over health care crises or legal challenges. But, some of our toughest prayers are for eternal salvation of loved ones who have strayed from their faith. These are our prodigals.read more
One of the most sensitive topics is whether grandparents should discipline their grandchildren. Close behind is the question of how to handle the situation when our adult children have different discipline approaches or rules than we do. Disputes may arise over things such as food, bedtime, manners, screen time, smart phones, internet usage, and social media. Grandparents had to handle some of these with their own children, but many of them are new challenges for today’s parents.read more
It is true that “ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims”. This truism might never be more applicable than to today’s insistence upon a gender identity ideology based upon “feelings” and the push to “discover yourself”. You need to do your own digging into the truth about gender identity—one based upon reality, not cultural tastes, or feelings.read more
What do sugar and screen time have in common? Dopamine. Whether our grandchildren are digging into ice cream sundaes or swiping the screens on their iPads, the effect is the same. A neurotransmitter called dopamine is released in their brain. This chemical travels via neural pathways to the brain’s reward center, thereby providing a feeling of pleasure. Digital screens are here to stay. So, what are we as grandparents expected to do?read more
As Christian grandparents, we are called to share our faith in Jesus to the next generation. This begins with developing a strong and trusting relationship with our grandchildren, one that is built on an exchange of ideas and interests shared through conversations. When we suffer from untreated hearing loss, our relationship with our grandchildren is affected.read more
When we think of freedom, we often associate it with being free from physical captivity or slavery, but many people today are living in spiritual slavery without realizing it. They chase false gods of money, success, personal comfort, and romantic love. These things leave them with an emptiness that no earthly thing can fill. The good news is that we don’t have to live in spiritual bondage.read more
More than we may realize, children’s brains can memorize the exact wording of popular phrases, songs, poems, and prayers long before they understand and process the meaning. If you sense your grandchild is doing this, you can take full advantage of that teachable moment, especially when it comes to words of a prayer.read more