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When grandparents are parents … (a sermon post-script)

May 16, 2011

Another thought to ponder in light of Breathing Lesson #2: Inhaling the Truth about Ourselves.  What happens when grandparents take on the role of raising grandchildren, either because their children are unable to, or because the grandparents play a significant role in childcare?  Do they act like (sound like, talk like) parents, moralizing every story, rather than the source of wisdom among the generations which grandparents should naturally be? 

Let me know what you think?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Jean permalink
    May 17, 2011 2:09 pm

    I read parts of your sermon. As a grandparent that is helping to raise a grandson I would say the story telling takes on a little from both sides. It can be softer then from a parents but still putting a lesson to the telling. I also find that we do little comparing of father and son to the son.

  2. Joellen permalink
    May 18, 2011 8:51 pm

    I think that even when grandparents are taking on parental responsibilities they act more like grandparents…just a whole different perspective informs their actions. You know how people joke about gparents spoiling the grandchildren…well, sometimes I guess they do but to me more often it is more an expenditure of time….I only have one little guy ( so far) but so much of our time is just puttering around outside, like the puddle we spent most of Sunday in!

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