|Subject: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Perhaps I've missed something at the site! I would love to see an area
here that deals with families like ours.....advice, suggestions, support.
We are raising our nearly seven-year-old grandson. Our youngest child is
21. What we need is an opportunity to discuss issues involved in bringing
a young child into your lives just when you are reaching the years you
thought you'd relax a little! Additionally, we are home schooling him
which we have found to be a wonderful, loving, growing experience.
Just wanted to let you know that your site is WONDERFUL and to ask your
advice on resources for families like ours. Do you think the Natural Child
Project could come up with an area for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren?
The few that we have found don't necessarily have as much appreciation for
children as we do!
Thanks so much for your site!
Thank you for visiting our site, and for the wonderful compliments!
I can certainly empathize with you, because my son (only child) was
born when I was 38. I've discovered many benefits and a few problems. I
feel that I've been more knowledgeable, more personally fulfilled, more
patient, and better able to see what a blessing he has been in my life. I
have also sometimes wished I had more energy and stamina!
There are many similarities, but there are also some important
differences between late parenting and unexpected grandparenting. With the
latter, there is sure to be some feeling of disappointment and regret, and
perhaps even some mourning for having given up previous plans and
expectations on how you would spend this part of your life.
I highly recommend a new article on our site on adoptive parenting,
which discusses the need to recognize and deal with this type of loss
before one can fully accept what else life has brought. The article is
"Affirming the Adoptee's
Reality: A Way to Intimacy".
All the best,