Calling All Grandparents: How to Love Your Grandkids
- Monday, July 16, 2012
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.
Recently an internationally known Christian couple visited our church. This couple has been involved in leadership in the Body of Christ for more than thirty years and is still involved in ministry on several continents. I thought it was interesting to hear the wife’s response when I asked her, “How are all of your children?” (Their four sons and their wives are involved in ministry with them.) Instead of telling me about her children’s ministry goals or health or things that I expected to hear, she exuberantly responded, “We’re about to have our eleventh grandchild!”
That sort of sums it up, doesn’t it?
The season of life in which you get to be a grandparent can be joyful for many reasons. Instead of simply reminiscing about the days when your children were at home and you were on duty 24/7, I challenge you to enjoy the privilege of involvement in your grandchildren’s livesas you simultaneously serve and bless your adult children.
Can grandparents help their children homeschool theirchildren? Yes! In Luke 10:27, the Lord Jesus said:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”
Offering to help your sons or daughters homeschool their children is a way to love them in Jesus’ name, for God’s glory and for their good—and your good too. It’s a way to invest in future generations of your family, to put to use all of that experience and hard-earned wisdom you’ve gained over a lifetime. Come on—get involved!
Even if your grandchildren do not live nearby geographically, I hope that you are involved in their lives—that you faithfully stay in touch via all of the amazing communication devices we have at our disposal today. If you’re not involved in your grandchildren’s lives, whether they’re homeschooled or not, consider applying Jesus’s words of instruction today—with your grandchildren!
Let’s take a look at four broad ways to love them, four areas in which we have potential to influence our children’s children.
Nurture Their Hearts
You love your grandkids with all your heart, and they love you. Yes? I hope that is true in your family. However, if that’s not the case, volunteering to get involved with their home education offers a great opportunity for you to take the first step toward developing those desirable relationships.
Jesus also said “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). The rewards you will receive from investing in your grandchildren’s lives will likely far outweigh your investments of time, energy, and financial support.
Just being availableto your adult daughter can make a big difference, especially if she has babies or toddlers underfoot. Remember how busy you were when your children were toddlers and preschoolers? If your adult daughter knows she can call on you for backup, even if that means doing something as simple as staying with the other children while she takes a sick child to the doctor, that can be a wonderful comfort and support to her. If your children don’t live close by, you can still offer support through phone calls, encouraging email messages, letters, cards, and daily prayer.
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