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• Do you think your son harbors any resentment about the way he was raised? • Do you and your daughter-in-law and her family differ culturally or religiously? Perhaps your children don’t want to burden you with the responsibility. Or they may have concerns about your present or future health. Let them know you are fit and up to the task. One grandmother I know underwent a thorough physical at the parents’ request to prove she was able to take care of their baby. However, if the parents hold to their original decision, request they create an addendum to their legal document stating that you be allowed weekly visits, overnights and vacations with the grandchildren. I cannot stress the importance of having these visitation rights in a legally binding document . There are too many sad stories of grandparents who have been shut out of their grandchildren’s lives after a death, divorce or remarriage occurs in the lives of the parents. One such case was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, and sadly, the grandparents lost their plea for visitation rights. With your request legally in place, you’ll all have the assurance that your relationship with the grandchildren will remain unbroken and your grandchildren will continue to enjoy the love and family continuity you provide. G Share this article with your friends. mother, Katherine Jackson, has been awarded custody of his three children as stipulated in his will. However, and more relevant to your point, it has been reported that his older sister, 59-year-old Maureen Reilette “Rebbie” Jackson, will raise them. Their grandmother will have the legal right to make decisions on the children’s behalf.) There are many possible reasons that may have entered into your son and daughter-in-law’s decision. Ask yourself some questions, and be brutally honest with your answers. • How would you assess your relationship with your children? • Have you been critical of their parenting? • Do you share similar values? I cannot stress the importance of having these visitation rights in a legally binding document. Click and connect to more resources instantly where you see this symbol:  SEPTEMBER 2009 GRAND 35
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009

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GRAND Magazine - September 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
2009 GRANDparent of the Year Award
Water Babies
“Mom, Meet My Doula”
Legacy
Ask GRAND
Cruel Sleep
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - intro
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - GRAND Magazine - September 2009
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Cover2
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 3
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Contents
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - GRAND Central
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 2009 GRANDparent of the Year Award
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Water Babies
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 27
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - “Mom, Meet My Doula”
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 29
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 30
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Legacy
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 33
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Ask GRAND
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Cruel Sleep
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 37
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Cover3
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Cover4
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Humana
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