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Grandparent-edge


SKYPE (and other similar applications) are a big help. It gives us a great opportunity to talk to our grandchildren. Now the challenge is how do I make each conversation interesting and engaging? My wife hunts for interesting riddles, puzzles, etc. and our elder grandson loves them. He has started sharing some of his own puzzles. The younger one loves stories and he makes up his own.

Our only investment is time. Time to prepare, and time to spend. When they come online we must be ready to spend at least 30 to 45 minutes. They don’t like being rushed.

I come back to the question. What role can a grandparent play today? The best role is that of good listening post – we simply listen to whatever they say.  Without judgment, without interruption. Over a period of time we can become their sources of information, entertainment and even become a friend.

‘A friend they love and trust’ is a great role for a grandparent. They confer the role; we have to earn it. And keep it.

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Sridhar Ramanathan is the Founder of IDEASRS, where he is also a Strategic Innovation Coach. Sridhar’s mission in life is “to help those who want to do things better and differently”. His work involves conducting creative problem solving workshops for clients, and buidling competencies in creativity and innovation. He also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.


2 thoughts on “Grandparent-edge

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    Lovely post Sridhar! I have seen a few grandparents around me and what you say rings so true! Children develop close bonds with those grandparents who invest time and try to engage with them on different levels – interests, intellect, emotional, conversations. For kids of today, giving them treats to eat and pampering them with toys does not really work anymore – they demand attention, love and an interest in them.

    In many ways, what you say holds true for parents as well. We can connect better with our kids if we take an interest in what actually happens in their lives rather than simply running their schedules, instructing them, and being task-oriented. But what sets grandparents apart is that they do all this with endless patience, limitless understanding and unconditional love. Little wonder then that grandparents are the go-to people for most children, especially when they want to complain about their parents! :)

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  2. Parameswaran

    Hi Sridhar Paramu here. Why I am giving my name is the e mail will not be revealed. As you know I am a grandparent of a 4 month old grandson it is nice to read about what you have written it is kind of you to share your experience. I will,start working on it.

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