EP – 107 Teaching Gratitude

Our monthly one-on-one conversation

This week’s conversation is about how we, as Grandfathers, can help our grandchildren develop a spirit of gratitude. This is a short conversation (since it is Thanksgiving weekend), but if there is a good nugget here. I think you can use it with your family and grandchildren.

I borrowed much of this information from a fantastic talk my wife, Karen, gave at our church. I figured that she had some good stuff, so why change it?

Teaching grandchildren to have a spirit of gratitude creates a firebreak in the lives of those who adopt that spirit. A firebreak is a physical barrier created to prevent fire from spreading.

Gratitude can create a barrier against the spread of negative thoughts and emotions. Gratitude doesn’t prevent negativity from coming into our lives but can prevent negativity from running wild.

Here are three things you can do to help grandchildren develop a spirit of gratitude:

  1. When they are young, ask them what made them happy today.
  2. Ask them what they are thankful for that day when they are older.
  3. When they hit the early to mid-teenage years, you can start to ask them what they are grateful for.

These questions are based on the grandchild’s development and what they can relate to as the concepts become more abstract. Below is a great graphic on the positive side effects of developing a grateful mindset.

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EP – 71 Building Love and Affection Over Distances

Our one on one conversation

This week, we catch up one-on-one to discuss how we can build up love and affection with grandchildren who live away from us. The basis for this conversation comes from a guest blog that I wrote for Peekabond. Peekabond is a new company building an application to assist people with building and maintaining long-distance relationships with young ones.

In this conversation, I discuss the need to have a plan for communicating and sharing communications with grandchildren. We then discuss four ways to build up and strengthen those long-distance relationships. The four areas are:

  1. Send fun pictures and videos
  2. Video chats when you can (Peekabond can help with this item!)
  3. Virtual playtime
  4. Snail mail

We live in an age where we can take full advantage of voice and video to communicate to those young ones that we hold dear to us. By taking a few intentional steps and making plans with their parents about how and when to share with children, we can build up relationships where those children can TRULY KNOW US compared to us being remote but loving strangers.

To read more on how you can build Love and Affection with Grandchildren at a distance, please check out my guest blog and be sure to check out Peekabond.

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EP – 59 Being An Engaged Grandpa

Our conversation with Rich “Tabasco” Tedesco

Our conversation is with Tabasco. Tabasco sits down with us to discuss his experience of being a grandfather who lives close to his grandchildren. In this exciting conversation, we talk about how Tabasco how hearing the news that he would be a grandfather was like starting a new chapter in his life and a chance to share the world with another child.

We continue to talk about how Tabasco could focus on the grandchild and block out worldly distractions. Tabasco shares with us how to enjoy the early years and not rush them to grow up. As we dive into our conversation further, Tacasco talks about how important it is to make sure that the parents have the opportunity to experience the “firsts” with their children.

Be sure to check out the links below for more information about Tabasco and the fantastic career and wisdom he has to share.

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Tabasco’s interview from Military.com

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