grandma, I do believe it is essential for me to become a "student" of my grandchildren. It is my job, my "role", to get to know them and what makes them "tick".
This matters so much, for several reasons. Consider the following . . .
- I want to know them and what makes them "tick", because I love them. Why wouldn't I want to know these things? Of all the people in the world, my three grandsons are three of the people I most want to know!
- If I do not know them and what makes them "tick", how will I hope to spend time with them in ways which are meaningful? I don't want to just let them play video games and watch tv when they are at my house, I want to engage with them and to do this, I need to know who they are and what makes them "tick".
- Most importantly, I want to hand down my faith to them and by knowing them and what makes them "tick", I am able to connect faith to the things in which they are interested. For example, my grandsons love science projects, so I know if we work on science projects, I'll have their attention. I love science projects, because they are very easy to connect back to God and give me wonderful teaching opportunities!
- I want them to know I love them and by showing an interest in who they are and what makes them "tick", they are able to see and experience the truth of how I love them!
Are you a "student" of your grandchildren? Do you know them, really know them? Do you know what makes them "tick"? Do you see this as part of the "role" of grandma? Why, or why not? What do you consider to be the "role" of grandma?
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