8. Comparing their grandkids to others
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It’s so easy to see another person’s life and think they have it altogether. The truth is each and every person has unique strengths and weaknesses, and each person develops on their own timeline. It’s an easy lie of the enemy that says the “grass is greener on the other side.” We have to be careful to not see other children and compare them to our grandkids. Comments about other children being better behaved in a certain way can be very hurtful to the feelings of parents and grandchildren.
A better approach is to try to praise the strengths of your grandchildren and encourage them to persevere in areas that they need growth. Give grandchildren the room to be themselves and develop in their own unique way. The words of grandparents have incredible power to both lift the spirits of their children and grandchildren or to tear them down. Comparison almost always leads to discouragement and hurt.
The most important thing about being a grandparent is getting to be a cheerleader for your children and grandchildren. You get to speak life, promote health, pray, and just be present for the growing generation.
Remember, all good things are best in moderation and you are there to support while Mom and Dad take the lead. As long as your goal is to love your people well, then you're doing your job!
Amanda Idleman is a wife, homeschooling Momma to three amazing kids and is passionate about encouraging others to live joyfully. Amanda also loves to write as a freelance writer and on her blog (when she finds a spare moment for it). You can find out more about Amanda at her blog rvahouseofjoy.wordpress.comor follow her on Instagram at rvahouseofjoy.
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