Grand Families LogoThank you to Donna Henson with Grand Families for this week’s guest blog. We appreciate you sharing your journey and thank you for all the wonderful things you are doing! 

Happy New Year to everyone! We had a wonderful Holiday! However, after several days of cooking, spending, hurrying and most of all being home with the kids, my husband and I were sounding very pitiful. Early one morning, before anyone was awake, I read this quote on Facebook. It hit me right between the eyes and I began to think about the power we have as Grandparents who are raising our Grandchildren.

“We have the power to change lives! We have the power to teach a new generation to make better choices than their parents did. We have the power to help children go out into the world without addiction. And, most of all, we have the power to prove to these kids that someone does love them and want them. But, it isn’t easy. It takes empathy, commitment, energy, and love.”

Grand Families wants to make 2015 the year of the “Mighty Grands” by offering tools of effective parenting for grandchildren. Every month, our blog will be on a topic that will help with the challenges we Mighty Grands face. In February, my co-founder, Cookie Oakley (the counselor who saves our sanityJ), will write about “Dealing with Birth Parents.” Some of the topics that will follow throughout the year are “Behavioral Challenges of Grandchildren”, “Effective Parenting in Today’s World” and “Internet Safety and Social Media”.

And now for the most exciting news!

Our first meeting will be March 1st, from 3:00-5:00 pm!
The Coop Cafe, 3701 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919
Due to limited space, there will be no child care available. 

Please come and meet other Grands and share with us some of the needs of the Grand Community.

Spread the word to anyone who is raising grandchildren or children of extended family members!

Thank you for being Grand Families.