So What’s New?By Sylvia Dickson
What is the deal with so many grandparents now raising their grandchildren? Is this really so different from past generations? In some ways yes and some ways no.
I remember the first time as an adult that I was struck with the knowledge of people parenting the second time around. While visiting my mother and going to her church, I took my own baby to the nursery. Mom pointed out a couple with two children and said, Those are their grandchildren. They are raising them.
I looked in awe and amazement and wondered about this unusual arrangement. So many questions peppered my mind as I walked with mom to her Sunday school class.
Where are the parents? How do those grand parents feel about their own children who aren’t raising these children? Why should they “have to” do this? Are they sad, angry, and feeling like failures? Do they wonder if it is their fault? Or are they happy and excited about the opportunity to pour into these young lives?
I don’t remember asking any of those questions. Maybe I did and have forgotten the answers.
I still have those questions and more, and I’m hoping you can help answer them.
Please send me your stories. Some of your stories will be unique and others will have a common theme. I’ll pull portions from them and add them to the blog. These can be posted anonymously or with your name. Just let me know.
We (French Camp Academy) are hoping that your story—your journey in second-time parenting—will help others as they venture down this path.
In the next blog I’ll explore the old and new of grandparents raising grandchildren. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to hearing from you.