Grandparents, your role is super special! God has given YOU have the unique privilege of having a deep and lasting impact on your grandkids!
JOSH: People ask me, “Why do you have an emphasis on grandparents?”
Well, I’ve learned over the years that some of the most powerful people in a child’s life are Grandma and Grandpa. Why? Because when Grandma and Grandpa come over, they spend time with their grandkids, and often spend even more time with their grandkids than the parents do. Because of that, they’re a very powerful influence.
I believe that for grandparents to impact their grandchildren, they need to build strong relationships. The grandkids need to know that “Grandma and Grandpa really love me!” You build that trust that by listening to them, by encouraging them, by sharing God’s love with them, and by demonstrating your love for them.
Grandparents: As you build relationships with your grandkids, you should pass on God’s truth. But if you’re not grounded in God’s truth yourselves, you won’t be able to do that!
Some important questions you need to be able to answer:
Have these answers at the ready, because your grandchildren will ask them of you!
If you can’t give intelligent, biblically-based, historically accurate answers, your grandkids will eventually stop coming to you with these important questions. To gain these answers, you can read two of my bestselling books, Evidence That Demands a Verdict and More Than a Carpenter.
I also encourage you to check out these free parenting videos! I cover the topics of Affirmation, Acceptance, Appreciation, Availability, Affection, Approach Their World, and Accountability.
Grandparents: Build loving relationships, be able to share truth within that context, and you will have a deep and lasting impact on your grandchildren! Go, YOU! You were made for this!
In our next Journey Together blog post, let’s look at what real love looks like. It’s certainly not the version that Hollywood tries to sell us as the real deal.
Catch up: The introductory post to this series.