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Andrew Adesman, MD, Pediatrician

Andrew Adesman, MD, Pediatrician

Vital information is shared in this discussion about what happens when grandparents assume the parent role–short or long term– of a grandchild. You’ll hear guidance on handling worry and overwhelm, how to address a child’s questions when the birth parent is absent, resources for assistance, and suggestions for offering support to or adult children while prioritizing the needs of the grandchild.

  • Resources for financial and emotional support available to grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Avoiding isolation when the other parents at the birthday party are a generation younger
  • Helping children understand a birth parent’s absence with compassion and care
  • The importance of grandparents prioritizing their health and well-being
Byron Katie, Author, Loving What Is

Byron Katie, Author, Loving What Is

Katie has a unique method for questioning the beliefs that cause stress, worry, and disconnection called The Work. You’ll  hear her describe how the process of Inquiry helps turn guilt into healing. And she shares the special joys she experiences as a grandmother, watching her adult children grow and learn as they raise their own children. A touching, heartfelt visit to a world of acceptance and forgiveness.

  • How to deepen connection with older grandkids who are more interested in friends than hanging out with grandparents
  • Fostering trust in grandchildren by honoring their parents–our adult children
  • The risk of siding with grandkids against their parents
  • How to heal from past parenting mistakes and start anew, living joyfully in the present
Alison Bryant, AARP Research

Alison Bryant, AARP Research

This is a fascinating conversation, loaded with surprising statistics and insights based on major research into what’s going on in the lives of grandparents and grandfamilies today. You’ll hear great insights into the important role grandparents play in their adult children and grandchildren’s lives, and ways to foster greater empathy and fewer power struggles between the generations.

  • How parents and grandchildren can better understand and communicate with each other
  • Some of the new ways grandparents are building connection with their grandkids
  • The role grandparents believe is most important in the life of their grandchildren
  • Establishing expectations around finances and childcare
Roma Khetarpal, Founder, Tools of Growth

Roma Khetarpal, Founder, Tools of Growth

While mothering her new baby in her early 20’s, Roma made a promise to her father in law on his death bed that if anything happened to him (he’d had a sudden heart attack), she would look after her mother in law. Thirty years later, she shares how she steered clear of frustration and conflict, establishing a multigenerational home filled with love, respect, and harmony.

  • Rituals that solidify connection between the generations.
  • Managing boundaries and parenting style preferences
  • Making peace with life when circumstances aren’t what you planned
  • How to handle moments when Grandma offers advice that isn’t a fit for you
Rev. Michael Beckwith, Founder of Agape International

Rev. Michael Beckwith, Founder of Agape International

This conversation is filled with gems, insights, and inspiration as Dr. Beckwith reflects on how his life was made richer by the presence of his grandparents, and how he in turn offers that gift of unconditional love to his grandchildren. You’ll hear how essential a grandparent’s role can be in the lives of children as well as practical ways to build connection.

A powerful and extremely easy way to stay connected with grandkids each day

  • “The greatest vice is ADvice”: how to offer support without forcing adult kids to hear our opinions
  • The gift grandparents give to grandchildren when they offer themselves as a safe, non-judgmental confidante
  • The transformative effect a grandparent’s presence and unconditional love can have on grandchildren
Elizabeth Lesser, Author, Marrow: A Love Story

Elizabeth Lesser, Author, Marrow: A Love Story

In this wide-reaching conversation, Elizabeth shares everything from how she has established loving relationships with her daughters-in-law (“daughters-in-love”) to she and one of her sons–who lives next door with his wife and children–have negotiated boundaries around screens, snacks, and bedtime. Elizabeth shares epiphanies she had when she became a grandmother, and how she has stepped fully into that elder role.

  • When to “spoil” the grandkids, and when to stop
  • What to do when well-meaning advice is rejected
  • Should you use your adult son or daughter as an intermediary when upset with your daughter or son-in-law?
  • The kind of help our adult kids need most, especially when they first become parents
Dr. Joshua Coleman, When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along

Dr. Joshua Coleman, When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along

There are a number of reasons that grandparents may end up alienated from their grandchildren, including disagreements or divorce. While there are no guaranteed solutions, Dr. Coleman shares practical steps that can be taken toward healing and reconciliation. This is an important conversation to hear even if there is ongoing tension between grandparents and adult kids and in-laws.

  • The how, why, and what of making amends when there’s been a falling out between grandparents and adult kids or in-laws
  • What a true apology looks and sounds like–and why it can be so difficult
  • The risks of complaining about a daughter-in-law or son-in-law to an adult child
  • Some of the most common cause of grandparental alienation
Jennifer Odum, ONEGeneration

Jennifer Odum, ONEGeneration

Close to three million grandparents in this country are responsible for raising their grandchildren, and these numbers are growing. In this conversation, you’ll hear compassionate ways to help children deal with anger, loss and disappointment. Jennifer also talks about the importance of self-care, and shares agencies and resources that are available to grandparents raising their grands.

  • Helping children manage difficult emotions as they adjust to living with grandparent or relative
  • The importance of setting clear boundaries and expectations with adult child
  • Integrating birth parent into child’s life
  • Meeting grandparent’s need for socialization when contemporaries are no longer raising children
Sue DeCaro, Certified Parent Coach

Sue DeCaro, Certified Parent Coach

Parents whose our “child has a child”, often have complicated feelings. They may be both thrilled at the idea of a new baby, and concerned about how their teen or young adult will cope with parenting. Sue shares how she has navigated the challenges of supporting her daughter and granddaughter while maintaining healthy boundaries for all.

  • Trusting adult children to learn their own parenting lessons when grandparents are tempted to offer advice
  • Discovering how grandparents can share ideas without offending adult kids
  • How to set financial limits when an adult child could use assistance
  • Clarifying roles to ensure the parents are in charge, with loving support from “Ya-ya!”
Rebecca Parlakian, Zero To Three

Rebecca Parlakian, Zero To Three

Although the focus of this conversation is on providing information to grandfamilies in which grandparents provide regular childcare, I encourage all parents and grandparents to tune in. You’ll get  practical tips for negotiating different views on rules and limits, as well as support for getting on the same page around managing screen time, discipline, and more. 

  • Support for grandparents who regularly care for grandchildren
  • Information for grandparents needing current guidelines on screen time, diet, and discipline
  • How grandchildren benefit from being cared by grandparents
  • Negotiating rules and limits when grandparents and parents have different views
Maggie Dent, Mothering Our Boys

Maggie Dent, Mothering Our Boys

In this gorgeous, wide-ranging conversation, Maggie addresses many of the practicalities involved in having respectful, healthy relationships with her adult sons, daughters-in-law, and of course the cherished grandchildren. Our conversation moves into tough areas, like what parents can do if they aren’t comfortable with grandparents spending time with the children, or what estranged grandparents can do to keep alive the heart connection they have with their grands. Tons of practical tips, and as always, lots of laughter in this lively discussion.

  • How parents can handle asking Grandma or Grandpa to modify behavior when they don’t feel comfortable having grandkids visit–without shame or unkindness
  • What to do when grandparents have been estranged or cut out of grandchild’s life
  • How to stay in touch with grandchildren from afar
  • Building healthy relationships with daughters-in-law
Debbie Reber, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

Debbie Reber, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

When parents are raising a differently wired child, the support of their parents and in-laws can be heaven sent. You’ll hear Debbie share some of the special ways her parents have helped her through challenging parenting moments. And you’ll find out how to set expectations for happy grandparent visits.

  • How grandparents can help adult kids cope when raising a challenging child feels overwhelming
  • Special ways grandparents can develop relationships with atypically developing children
  • Ways grandparents can educate themselves about a grandchild’s challenges and needs
  • How to respond when well-meaning grandparents or relatives offer advice, articles, or tips for “solving” a child’s problematic behaviors
Kathy Eldon, Co-Founder, Creative Visions Foundation

Kathy Eldon, Co-Founder, Creative Visions Foundation

Parents, you might imagine that living next door to your mom–Grandma–could generate lots of problems, but Amy and Kathy Eldon’s “family compound” highlights the many ways that parents, grandparents, and children can benefit from multi-generational living. You’ll hear how they avoid conflict, maintain consistency, and add the richness of adventure the grandparents add to the children’s lives.

  • How to handle “helpful suggestions” from Grandma
  • The special contribution grandparents can make to a child’s sturdy sense of self
  • Step-grandparenting, co-grandparenting and more–creating peaceful, supportive relationships with extended family
  • The many ways grandparents can inspire grandchildren to be adventurers and creative activists
Rev. Greta Sesheta, Agape International, 7 Pointed Ministries

Rev. Greta Sesheta, Agape International, 7 Pointed Ministries

With gentle clarity, Greta shares talks about how she and her daughter and granddaughter have created establish a warm and loving home together. She talks about “staying in her lane” and maintaining boundaries. You’ll also hear her talk about the healthy communication practices her multigenerational families uses when there is a difference of opinion.

  • Work through feelings of frustration when grandparents disagree when with a parenting decision
  • Being a safe person for grandchildren to talk to while honoring the parents need to know
  • Maintaining respect, care, and kindness in communications between family members
  • Invaluable questions for grandchildren to ask their grandparents
Amy Eldon, Co-Founder, Creative Visions Foundation

Amy Eldon, Co-Founder, Creative Visions Foundation

Parents, you might imagine that living next door to your mom–Grandma–could generate lots of problems, but Amy and Kathy Eldon’s “family compound” highlights the many ways that parents, grandparents, and children can benefit from multi-generational living. You’ll hear how they avoid conflict, maintain consistency, and add the richness of adventure the grandparents add to the children’s lives.

  • How to handle “helpful suggestions” from Grandma
  • The special contribution grandparents can make to a child’s sturdy sense of self
  • Step-grandparenting, co-grandparenting and more–creating peaceful, supportive relationships with extended family
  • The many ways grandparents can inspire grandchildren to be adventurers and creative activists
Lauren Schneider, LCSW, Clinical Director, Our House

Lauren Schneider, LCSW, Clinical Director, Our House

I was so moved by what Lauren shared in this conversation. In the 25 years that she has worked with grieving children, they have told her that they wish they had been more included and informed as a loved one was reaching the end of life. Death is a part of life and children are resilient. Tune in to find out how to help your children and teens prepare for loss, participate in mourning, and move through grief.

  • How to prepare children and teens for the loss of a loved one
  • How to break the news of a death
  • Guidelines for involving child in end of life visits and mourning rituals
  • How to answer questions like, “Will you die, too, Mommy?”
Trudy Goodman, Meditation Teacher and Psychotherapist

Trudy Goodman, Meditation Teacher and Psychotherapist

Trudy describes the shifts she made–not always easily–when her daughter became a mother as she learned to trust and let go. She shares how she maintains a close relationship with her now teenage grandchildren (the same ones who squealed with delight when she showed up), talks about how she instilled confidence in her daughter’s parenting, and describes how her husband Jack has nurtured his relationship as a step-granddad.

  • The unspoken messages our adult children receive when they sense that we are judging their parenting
  • Offering the gift of freedom and acceptance to growing grandchildren
  • Offering non-biological children our presence as an honorary grandparent
  • Helping grandchildren adjust to a grandparent’s marriage
Dr. Michael Thompson, author of Raising Cain

Dr. Michael Thompson, author of Raising Cain

There’s lots of laughter in this conversation as Dr. Thompson talks about what it’s like to be a respected child psychologist who has authored ten parenting books and speaks to over 100 parenting groups a year has to resist the urge to give parenting advice to his adult daughter. Tune in for reassurance, and practical suggestions to navigating grandparenthood.

  • What our adult children most need from us when they become parents
  • How we can best support our adult kids when they’re overwhelmed by parenting
  • Tips for keeping unwanted advice from leaking out (at least some of the time!)
  • Honoring a daughter or son-in-law’s parenting style when it differs from yours
Harville Hendrix, Author, Getting the Love You Want

Harville Hendrix, Author, Getting the Love You Want

If you’ve ever wished you could eliminate defensiveness and create closeness when conflict arises with loved ones, don’t miss this interview! You’ll actually get to see an Imago dialogue as I play the role of Harville’s daughter, complaining to “Dad” because he didn’t respect the screen time limits I set with my (pretend) son. Helen and Harville show that you can have safe, respectful, loving relationships between grandparents, adult children and in-laws, and grandchildren.

  • Why offering advice triggers defensiveness
  • How to create negativity-free extended family gatherings
  • The power of listening and presence in forging deep bonds
  • Helping even young children learn how to communicate respectfully
Patty Wipfler, Author and Educator

Patty Wipfler, Author and Educator

As joyful as it is for parents to watch their child bask in Grandma or Grandpa’s attention, our adult children need us to beam our love upon them, too. Patty beautifully describes how grandparents can best support parents to do the work of parenting. She also shares a beautiful story about the healing effect of helping a grandchild offload disappointment.

  • The kind of support we can offer our grandchildren’s parents that helps the whole family

  • The importance of deep listening–what it is, and what it isn’t

  • Why it’s hard to resist offering advice, and why it is almost never enthusiastically received

  • The value of not fixing a grandchild’s upsets, instead helping them offload pent up frustrations

Helen LaKelly Hunt, Author, Getting the Love You Want

Helen LaKelly Hunt, Author, Getting the Love You Want

If you’ve ever wished you could eliminate defensiveness and create closeness when conflict arises with loved ones, don’t miss this interview! You’ll actually get to see an Imago dialogue as I play the role of Harville’s daughter, complaining to “Dad” because he didn’t respect the screen time limits I set with my (pretend) son. Helen and Harville show that you can have safe, respectful, loving relationships between grandparents, adult children and in-laws, and grandchildren.

  • Why offering advice triggers defensiveness
  • How to create negativity-free extended family gatherings
  • The power of listening and presence in forging deep bonds
  • Helping even young children learn how to communicate respectfully
Leslie Zinberg, Co-founder GrandparentsLink.com

Leslie Zinberg, Co-founder GrandparentsLink.com

In this interview, Leslie and Kay speak about co-grandparenting with care so that competition between grandparents doesn’t negatively affect the grand family. They discuss the importance of giving adult children the freedom to set their own boundaries and rules, and remind us that if we want to  be a healthy grandparent, we need to remember to take care of ourselves.

  • How to synch up with the other set of grandparents to avoid competition or jealous
  • Being a mom or dad to our adult children even as they move into parenthood
  • The importance of “sharing” between co-grandparents
  • Why grandparents should continue to create meaningful lives for themselves and pursue their passions
Kay Ziplow, Co-founder GrandparentsLink.com

Kay Ziplow, Co-founder GrandparentsLink.com

In this interview, Leslie and Kay speak about co-grandparenting with care so that competition between grandparents doesn’t negatively affect the grand family. They discuss the importance of giving adult children the freedom to set their own boundaries and rules, and remind us that if we want to  be a healthygrandparent, we need to remember to take care of ourselves.

  • How to synch up with the other set of grandparents to avoid competition or jealous
  • Being a mom or dad to our adult children even as they move into parenthood
  • The importance of “sharing” between co-grandparents
  • Why grandparents should continue to create meaningful lives for themselves and pursue their passions
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