As a grandparent, or expectant one, your relationship with your grandchild comes bundled with your relationship with the parents. It can be helpful to reflect upon your own grandparent encounters in order to better understand your expectations and hopes for your grandchildren.

Reflect on your grandparent memories.

  1. What is your fondest memory?
  2. Revisit your experience of a grandparent’s death and funeral – what stands out as particularly painful, awe-inspiring? 
  3. Perhaps you never knew your grandparents, or knew them only briefly – how did that impact you?

Reflect on your parents as grandparents to your children.

  1. What did you most appreciate?
  2. What did you find difficult or frustrating?

Reflect on your future grandchildren.

  1. What kind of relationship do you hope to have with your grandchildren?
  2. What are you doing now to help make that a reality?

Authors: Francine & Byron Pirola

This article featured in the July 2013 edition of the CathFamily eMagazine. For more, check out:

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  1. This is truly wonderful, I am a Grandparent of ten beautiful Grandchildren, some of my own children have fallen away from the faith so I know how difficult and what a sensitive role grandparents have. Your article will create huge awareness for the vital role that Grandparents have to play in the Family, the Church and in Society. Grandparents sometimes do not realise how powerful their influence truly is, physically, emotionally, sometimes financially, but most important of all Spiritually. May St Joachim and St Anne Bless you your families and your Grandchildren. Thank you to the Authors and would they please contact me.

    • kiara


      Thank you so much Catherine! How truly blessed you are with 10 grandchildren! Are you contactable by that email?