Grandparents, Mediation, and Love
Michael Lodge, NCPM, CRTP: I have had so many requests from Grandparents to help mediate issues between their children and grandchildren. Sometimes there are breakups in the family, something happens or was said, and they never resolved the issue. Conflict needs to be resolved quickly, or it will drag on, get bigger, and harder to resolve. There are groups out there trying to help grandparents who have been cut out of their grandchildren's lives. When I talk with them I can hear the pain and real desire to see their grandchildren. It's a painful situation when there is a breakup in families. If you have a family breakup, call in a mediator to help resolve the issues, set rules, but try and open the communication within the family.
There is an excellent group out there called "Grand Kids Matter". https://grandkidsmatter.org/ If your a grandparent, sign up for their newsletter. It is a great site to help you become a better grandparent, even being a grandparent takes work on developing solid relationship.
One of the issues is the custodial grandparent. I have a couple come into mediation relating to their custodial grandparent role of the two grandchildren. However, both grandparents were divorced and did not like each other, but they were the custodial grandparents and needed to work out issues between the two of them to raise their grandchildren. Here is a good link for you who are custodial grandparents: https://grandkidsmatter.org/category/hot-topics/custodial-grandparents/
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Michael Lodge is a Nationally Certified Professional Mediator specializing in business disputes, as well as family conflicts. He has written three books and hosts an international podcast on IHeartRadio and other podcast media stations.