GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012 - (Page 16)

grandparent rights Second chance photo: ©iStockphoto.com/ kali9 The sweet rewards of a sincere apology and a promise to change D By SuSAn HoffMAn ear Susan, It was really hard not seeing our grandson, Charlie, for six months. Our son and daughter-in-law made themselves unavailable whenever we asked to visit. When I finally called and asked my son about it, he told me off. I had no idea until then that I had behaved badly. I decided I needed help. The support and coaching I received from your organization along with the book A Precious Bond gave me the courage to write a letter of apology to my son and daughter-in-law. My apology was carefully worded, ticking off each one of the violations, such as criticizing their parenting style and disrespecting boundaries. I promised them I would change my Share this article with your friends. 16 GRAND problem behavior. I also made sure to say something positive about the good things they are doing as parents. Well, I have to say this approach opened the door, because the response from my DIL was filled with details about what it would take to get back into our grandson’s life. She suggested we needed to listen better instead of ignoring their rules and doing what we wanted, like feeding him junk food and not saying “no.” She MARCH APRIL 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

GRAND – Mar/Apr 2012
Grand View
Safety Buzz: When in Doubt, Run!
Readers Write: Hair Balls and Shark Attacks . . .
Table of Contents
Grand Central
10 Things You Can Learn from Your Grandchildren
Blood & Money (book excerpt)
Grandparent Rights: Second Chance
Is a Prenup Right for You?
Ah, Tweet Mystery of Life
Memories of My Grandparents: Gram
Cover Story: Diane Ladd & Robert Charles Hunter
School Readiness: Wide-Eyed & Full of Wonder
Toys ’n Tech: Gadgets Galore!
Healthy Grandparents: Biopsy: Prostate Cancer
Healthy Grandkids: Smoothies
Bloom with Every Season

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

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