3. Stories Deepen Your Relationship
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“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6
If you’re tired of the shallow ways you’ve tried to connect with your grandkids, through media, entertainment, and the latest toys on the market, consider telling them stories that help them see a deeper side of you.
Let them know you were once young, too, and that you understand some of the things they might be going through. Even though there is a generation gap, and culture has changed over time, you still have valuable pieces of advice to pass on to your grandchildren.
Help them connect with you on a deeper level by sharing personal obstacles and breakthroughs. Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Tell them about a hardship you endured and how it helped shape you into the person you are today.
- Tell them about a time when you were frightened and how you overcame your fear.
- Tell them about a significant world event you experienced, such as a war or natural disaster. Share how God helped you get through that tough season.
As you tell your stories to help deepen your relationship, be sure to engage them by asking relevant questions. Be the type of grandparent who listens well and gives your grandkids the opportunity to share their own obstacles and breakthroughs.
As they grow up, they’ll remember these special times and hopefully feel like they have a trusted person with whom they can share life’s experiences.
Check out these articles to help deepen your relationship with your grandchildren:
The Godly Perspective Only a Grandparent Can Offer
10 Reasons Your Grandkids Need You Just as Much as Their Parents
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