Grandparenting: Please Help Me!

generationsMy Great-Grandfather, My Sister, My Mother, Me. 1959.

When I was a child, I assumed everybody’s family was just like mine. I still recall the shocking discovery that  a second-grade classmate and her family lived in an apartment. I didn’t get it.

Everybody knew that families live in houses, right? 

Sometimes I think I know something when I really just suppose it. I’ve learned that asking questions helps to isolate the suppositions before they organize into a union of greedy grabby arrogant assumptions.

I made up this simple little six-question survey. I would be so grateful if you would take a minute–just one minute–and complete it. The results will help me understand the topography of relationships across generations.

Respond from your perspective as a grandparent, a parent, or a grandchild–you pick.

Can you spare a minute to help me? And maybe one more minute to pass the link on to your friends and family?

Thank you. I’m humbled. And honored. 

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Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 13:16 (ESV)

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On Tuesdays, we’re talking about families and the joys and challenges that arise when we stretch across three (or more?) generations (child, parent, grandparent). The conversation began on January sixth  and we’ll continue until we run out of things to say. Everyone is welcome, and I hope to hear from each generation’s perspective.  Being family is by turns effortless, impossible, blessed, challenging, hurtful, joyous . . . . Let’s talk about it.

Please join us.


  1. So where is the link to the survey, Sheila? Can’t seem to find it.

    • Diana, I’m sorry it’s hard to see! (And I’m learning a whole, whole lot about how people see stuff.) It’s the words “simple little six-question survey” in the paragraph that begins “I made this . . . ” Or there is a tab at the top of the page that reads “Grandfamilies: The Survey.” Or: here is the direct link:

      Thanks for your help, Diana. I am grateful. Very, very grateful.

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