With the aging of our population, most of us can expect to be grandparents and even great-grand parents. Our health may be better than our own grandparents, and we will have the opportunity to play a significant and influential role in the lives of our grandchildren. There are books on how to be a grandparent, but little material on how to prepare for this role. In the previous article, practical ideas were suggested on how to start a legacy and a relationship for the pending grandchild. Now we will move closer to the birth.

As the time for the birth of a grandchild approaches, it was important to communicate with the expectant parents their desires and needs. Some might want you in the birthing room, some won’t, some want you to help at their home after the birth and some won’t. Respect their wishes and do not have your own personal agenda- they are the main players in this drama. Be a welcome help and not an unwelcome intrusion. Remember that birthing procedures and methods change, so be ready to be flexible. As you prepare for your role during and after the birth, you might consider:

Read the rest of this post at the Village of Moms.
(Read Part I here.)
Susan Giboney, MA, CFLE, a Pepperdine University Professor, has over 20 years of experience teaching in college and church settings. In addition to her teaching experience, she is a certified family life educator, and she and her late husband wrote course material and taught marriage and parenting seminars around the nation and in foreign countries. As a couple, they also wrote class study guides for premarital courses which they taught together and Susan continues to teach. Susan is a popular teacher for women's seminars and retreats, parent groups, and premarital classes. She also authors articles on family issues.

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