We end with the Y for Yield. We make it a point to yield our time and our resources for overnights, meals, and regular times of togetherness with one or more of the grandchildren. Because we travel so much throughout the year, we cannot really be counted on during any given day or week to always be available for typical, consistent babysitting. But when we are available, we plan separate overnights—a special time, one on one, with each of our grandchildren, complete with their favorite games, special breakfasts, etc. We find that during those special times together, we can concentrate on them as individuals, listening more carefully and treating each one as the unique child of God he or she is. At other times we may have them over all together, which produces an entirely different type of grandparenting experience. Group activities can be great fun!

Looking for regular opportunities for spiritual input and praying over our grandchildren are perhaps our most important tasks. But we also take great pleasure in providing enrichment resources, asking them the kinds of questions that allow us to commend their growth and accomplishments, and yielding both our time and our treasure to get to know each child on a more personal level. 

But most of all, we just love our new role as homeschool grandparents! 

Jane and Steve Lambert began homeschooling in 1981. As a result of their homeschooling adventure, Jane wrote Five in a Row homeschool curriculum for ages 4–8 and Before Five in a Row curriculum for ages 2–4. These programs continue to be some of the best-selling curricula in the world after nearly twenty years.

Jane and Steve have been married more than forty years, and their two daughters are both married and enjoying homeschooling the Lamberts’ five grandchildren. They run a busy set of message forums at www.fiveinarow.com, and each year Jane and Steve speak to thousands of homeschoolers at state conventions around North America. They serve today on the board of directors of First Class Homeschool Ministries, and together with their friends Jay and Heidi St. John they conduct Real Life Marriage retreats for Christian homeschool couples whose marriages need strengthening and encouragement.

Publication date: October 22, 2012