When my grandmother was born in 1896, there were only 4,100 cars in the U.S. The Wright Brothers were seven years away from their first flight. It was 73 years before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would bounce across the moon. The telephone had been invented only 20 years earlier, and it would be many years before my grandmother would have a home phone in rural Texas. Now her great great grandchildren have cell phones in their pockets and access to the world.
With computer technology and the internet, I feel more dated than my grandmother ever did.
Today between 2.6 and 3 million grandparents are parenting their grandchildren either full time because their children are not able to or part time because their children work.
Many are using the same methods that they used with their own children. Some of those tools were helpful and some were not: “Children are to be seen and not heard.” “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”
No one faults grandparents for the way that they raise their grandchildren. Much of what they did with their children and now their grandchildren, they were taught a half a century earlier by their parents and grandparents.
Even though many things have changed since my grandmother’s day and children seem to be slipping through our fingers as their fingers text, tweet and game, somethings have not and never will, all children need love and security.
Circle of Security Parenting, COS-P, offers grandparents a way to build loving, safe relationships with their grandchildren, so they will be secure, confident and resilient adults and reach their potential.
COS-P also offers grandparents away of recognizing their own strengths and challenges as they nurture the next generation.
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