- Grandparents Little Dividends: How to Keep in Touch
- Grandparents of Interfaith Children
- Reading and Dyslexia
Sunie Levin, (Education and Psychology) Jewish grandparent as they struggle to create a lasting relationship with their interfaith grandchildren.
Sunie Levin says, “The divorce rate is climbing to over 60 percent. Our families are fragmented, and the security of our children is being upset because of this. Having a grandparent figure can add to a child’s overall security and feeling of comfort, which helps with self-esteem.”
If you have a good relationship with your grandchildren’s parents, cherish it. If you don’t, do whatever you can to heal it. Ask God to help dissolve any residue of anger or blame, and to give you some tools to heal the relationship: forgiveness, love and prayer. Remember that accusation, blame and resentment are not healing tools.
If your adult child is divorcing, don’t get involved and don’t take sides. Simply be there and be supportive. Your grandchildren need a sense of stability in their young lives more than ever before. If, by some cruel hand of fate, you’re denied access to your grandchildren, you can petition for visitation rights. If you are still blocked from seeing your grandchildren after trying every healing and legal tool, continue sending them letters and gifts to let them know that you care.
One grandmother sent gifts and cards to her beloved granddaughter, but the items were returned unopened. The grandmother saved the gifts. For every special occasion, she would buy her granddaughter an age-appropriate gift, wrap it, write a message of love on a beautiful card and then store it away with hope in her heart. When the child grew up, the two reunited and had a party to end all parties.
Books by Sunie Levin