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Updated on April 20, 2016
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It's Better The Second Time Around

I remember hearing the expression, "Grand parenting is much more fun than parenting," as a young mother and wondering how this could be true? Although I enjoyed parenting my child and miss having him in the home, I now have to admit it took some work coupled with loving discipline to get through the stages of childhood, preteen and teen years.

My husband and I made some mistakes along the way, but we didn't mention this to him. I guess he figured it out all by himself anyway! It was a bit of a whirlwind at times, and some days I was flying out there solo in space wondering where am I going with this? Parenting does not come with a driver's manual and you have to learn things the hard way: through experience.

However, grandparenting is different. You have already been through the parental journey and can now sit back and enjoy the view. It is your privilege to share with your grandchild what his or her parents did at their age, to the dismay of their moms and dads. Grandchildren bond with you quickly on this point, try it and you will see what I mean!

I will have to say that grandchildren keep you busy and do tend to shadow your every move. They want to be near you, and they consider you their older buddy. We love this in our relationship and find it most endearing. My husband (I disclose nothing on myself) enjoys spoiling our grandchildren and misses them when they are gone. He would never openly admit that his heart yearns for them, but he does have a way of expressing himself in a round about way to friends.

Here is an excerpt from one of his letters:

The grandkids just left Sunday. I can tell you that we've been by ourselves for quite awhile now, so we've been used to a quiet house. Took us about a week to get used to a messy, noisy one again; and now they have gone and the house just seems extra quiet this time around. After taking them to the airport, we spent the day doing absolutely nothing. But, not sure if it was to rest up or because we were bummed because they were gone.

Did I find a couple of things to remember for the next time they come to visit?

  1. The use of toilet paper and Scott towels goes up exponentially with the number of kids in the house.
  2. No matter where you go or what you do, it costs at least a $100 minimum (maybe that's just me?)
  3. Be extra sure the bathroom door is locked
  4. The attention span of kids today is a lot shorter than even the attention span of when my son was a child
  5. Kids don't eat a whole lot during meals, but they do look for a vast variety of things to eat
  6. Everything you thought was yours suddenly becomes community property

.... but it has gotten quiet again.

Poem: Grandmother And Grandfather

Grandmother and Grandfather, when are you coming here?

We really want to see you because to us your are very dear.

You gave us Mom and you gave us our Dad.

If it were not for you, our life would be very sad.

This family would not have been here if it were not for your love and care.

Grandmother and Grandfather, we care for your very much.

Please do not forget us.

Please remember to keep in touch.

God bless you, Grandparents, you are a star in our world.

God placed you both here to bring peace and joy to our world.

by Juliet Wilson, © Capture The Experience Through Poetry, 2010


We Get Better The Second Time Around

Our grandchildren are getting older and we can see the pre-teen years just up ahead. The distance between us limits our ability to physically be there to help guide them. They are fortunate to have parents who love them, care for their needs and provide great parental guidance on life issues.

However, as a grandparent we can give them extra support by gently mentoring. We have learned that children (and their parents) need to have loving support through the early growing years. As Grandparents, we now have the extra time to provide this as often as we desire. We now know how to listen with interest and respond with wisdom from our experience. We have the opportunity to make up for mentoring moments missed with our own children.

Letter writing is an effective communication tool to use in reaching out to children, especially your grandchildren who live a great distance from you. Children love to receive letters and packages and look forward to receiving them with great joy. This is an opportunity to share what you have learned in life with them, helping them to gain some insight about important life challenges.

As you write, keep in mind the age of the child as this will guide you in how basic to keep the content. You may have some difficulty knowing what to write about if your are just starting with this, or it has been some time since you have seen them. Topics to write on can be simple but try to make them specific to the child's interests. Some ideas to consider are:

  • Write about the toys you had as a child, which are similar to ones they enjoy. Talk about how they kept you happy and busy. If they are gamers, talk about similarities developing game skills that helped you to learn values such as patience.
  • Write about your trips to places they enjoy like the zoo and highlight the animals you saw with great enthusiasm. You could use this to talk about caring for animals.
  • Younger children enjoy simple jokes. My hubby had an endless list of "knock knock" jokes.
  • Ask them how their event went at at school (spelling bee, science project, ballet recital, etc.). Share how you enjoyed these events at their age. Winning and losing is a great subject to cover on these activities.
  • Use holidays to talk about events of interest they enjoy celebrating (decorating the Christmas tree, hunting Easter eggs, Fourth of July fireworks) talk about how you view these events and your beliefs in celebrating them.
  • Share your hobby interests and what you have accomplished. This can lead to your sharing of the importance of developing your talents, discipline of learning, or how it helps others.


Grandpa sent this apron with the letter, it reinforces the message.
Grandpa sent this apron with the letter, it reinforces the message. | Source

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Sharing From The Heart

My husband has taken to including a letter to our eldest grandchild, who is pre-teen, with every package we send him. His letters include some encouragement on developing virtues that will not only help him, but also help other people in his life.

Our grandson is beginning to help cook family meals and is enjoying it, especially eating the results of his efforts! My husband recently sent him a package which included a "Chef In Training" apron along with a letter of encouragement. I have included a small portion of his letter to him as an example of how letter writing can help mold and encourage valuable character traits (written as he wrote, bolded sentences and all):

"I have to tell you that cooking for others can be one of the best ways to show that you care for them. If you do it for the right reasons, there can be no better example of serving others. Think about it. Cooking takes time away from things you might want to be doing. It gives people something that they can't do without (everybody has to eat, right?). Not only do people have to eat because their bodies need food, but it is also pleasing to the mind (food can satisfy your sense of taste, smell and touch).

So let me ask you this: When you cook, do you ...

> Make just what you want to eat? Or, do you cook something other people like, even if it might not be your favorite?

> Do you just serve yourself? Or, do you make sure everyone has been served first?

> Do you help clean the table afterwards? Or, do you just clean up your area of the table?

There's a lot more questions I could ask, but I think you get my point, and it's something only you can answer. And your answer will probably keep changing as you get older. But, the question will always remain the same -- Do you cook only to take care of yourself, or do you cook for others? Do you help serve and take care of others? . . . You probably haven't thought about cooking this way before, but if you think about it, there is an opportunity to help others in almost everything we do. . . . And when you cook for the right reasons, you have an opportunity to put the needs of others before yourself. That's what good men do.

. . . So my wish for you continues to be that you'll be working your way to becoming a good man. I expect the way you look about things will keep changing as you grow older. I know that I always have to look back and ask myself if I've been doing the right thing. And I'm a lot, lot older than you! . . . Even though you and I already know right from wrong ... Keep in mind that good men always keep thinking about what they do. Remember that good men help and serve other people."


Letters to a grandchild can be kept and stored in the heart and will have lasting effects over time. Grandparents come from a well traveled road and sharing from personal adventures can help grandchildren avoid the potholes they stumbled upon. Your faith, passions and beliefs can inspire a child to build life values that will help him or her personally, and to contribute positively in society.


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your first-hand experience as a grandparent is inspiring. You say that parenting does not come with a driver's manual but your hubs do form a map to help answer many parents' questions. Well written!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful way to stay in touch with grandchildren and share life experiences with them! I bet they love receiving those letters and treasure the messages they hold. If they don't understand how to treasure them now, they'll certainly appreciate them as they grow older.

      Voted up, useful and beautiful! :)

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Teaches, This was a wonderful hub. I have three grands that live close to me. And I have two in another city. This hub made me realize I really don't give enough attention to the two not living here. This weekend I will take some of your tips, and write them.

      I babysit some time, and we have projects all over the house. Very much like when my children were small, Although I enjoy it, sometimes it get a little chaotic, and I want a little peace and quiet.

      Have a great weekend. Ann

      I had never heard that song before. I liked it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for a lovely idea. Those letters will be invaluable to them in the future. Last year my granddaughter's teacher asked that parents and grandparents write a sealed letter to be opened upon graduation from high school. That's a ways off but I am looking forward to it!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Christy, you are so encouraging to me and I can't thank you enough for the support you give me. I am glad that it will also help parents in raising children. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hi PracticalMommy! Yes, we sometimes do not value letters until much later in life. I have letters my mom and dad wrote me years ago that I did't fully appreciate into well into my later years. Thank you for the support, votes and reflection of this article. You are a great mommy!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Ann, grandparenting comes with many blessings. For one, you get to enjoy parenting without having to be the main disciplinarian. I am glad this helps you with keeing in touch with your grandchildren. Enjoy your grandchildren, I am sure they love you dearly.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Oh, what a great idea! That is a smart teacher who encourages family involvement in raising a child. I am excited for you also, you will have to update us on the letter when the time comes. Be blessed today.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I love this hub! You sound like a great Grandparent, and so does your husband. I think being a Grandparent is a very important role. My boys love being with their Grandparents! Voted up and useful!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Wow, What a great hub! I think the part about getting better the second time around it so true. We get better and calmer.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you for the kind compiments, Kelley. I have to say my husband is a good man and he loves his family. Glad your boys have grandparents to enjoy, it does help the entire family. I appreciate your votes of support. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Skarlet, I have to chuckle on your comment. We do get better and calmer, but then we get to just have fun with the kids. Seriously, we are a little more knowledgeable on what it takes to raise a child with patient love. Thanks for the visit and comments. I enjoy your presence on the hubs.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great legacy you are leaving your grandkids...and your children (son only?). I have yet to experience the joys of grandparenting but I truly am looking forward to it. Thanks for this hub and kudos to you and your husband!

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      My son is only thirteen. Grandkids are, hopefully, not in the very near future. Not that I don't want them, just that I want him to be ready for the experience of raising them. How's that for living in lala land? Nobody is ever ready for that experience. My wife and I had been married for 10 years before his little head popped into our lives. Were we ready for the experience? Not on your tintype. Hopefully we can be helpful with his ordeal as a parent when the time comes. Thank you for allowing us to look into your family life for just a moment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I always appreciate your visits and positive encouragement, Billybuc. I know that you and your wife will make great granparents some day.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It sounds like your family is already ahead of the game and will keep working together as the years come. Don't think anyone is ready for parenting but it does have its rewards. Glad you stopped in for a visit and I appreciate your added insight on parenting. Thanks for the kind comments. Live well and strong, my friend.

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      FirstStepsFitness 5 years ago

      Very informative hub :) my Grandchildren are under 7 years of age and all live on the east coast . I reside on the west coast . Might see them maybe ...once a year for a few days . I will refer to your ideas to keep in touch , as I still have not only my Great Grand Mothers but my Grand Mothers letters and cards to me when I was growing up .

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      You are wonderful indeed. Your grandchildren are lucky to have such a loving and caring grandmother.Voted up.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I have loved being a grandmother and I certainly relate to your experiences. I think it is great that your husband is writing letters to include with packages. People write so seldom anymore and I think letters are nice keepsakes. Great hub. Up and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      FirstSteps, you have the right idea, those letters are treasures! I think you will be a great inspiration to your grandchildren as you reach out to them in this way. Thanks for the visit and supportive comments. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, Vellur, for your sweet comment. I always enjoy your visits and am thankful for your continued support. Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love technology as well, if you read the grandparenting long distance hub you can see our other forms of communication. However, letter writing is something tangible that you can hold and makes the message very personal. I am so glad that you came in for a visit. Thank you for the positive comments(my husband is a special man) and supportive votes.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      now, I can see what a great teacher you are. you are rooted in a strong tradition of a learning environment and it shows. There is nothing stronger than Family love and your cup runneth over. You are a special Grandmother. Great write, Teaches, great write.

      love always

      Michael

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Cleaner3, awwww, I appreciate your kind comments. I love children and am blessed a great family and wonderful grandchildren. I have a passion for learning and hope to help others along the way. Thank you so much for coming in for a visit.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      What a wonderful idea to write to your grandchldren. I will try this as well Thank you for all you do! GREAT ADVICE! Voted-UP!

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Grandchildren are so precious and their love is given so freely. I have a close bond with my 11 grandchildren and thank God for them. I loved your husband's letter and the things to remember when they visit you next. So cute and so true. Enjoyed your reflections!

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      What great ideas for grandparenting, teaches. The letters you included are eminently readable and memorable. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I loved this hub! I'm still waiting for my grand babies; when I reach such hubs as this, it gives me wondeful ideas and inspiration on how to be good grandmother when that day arrives.

      Thank you...you have been indeed blessed, as has your family and grandchildren. :-)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful Hub. As a Grandmother and a Great-grandmother, I enjoy my kids so much. My little greatgranddaughter lives with me, and that took some "getting used to" but I love it. You two are wonderful grandparents, that's easy to see. Goodnight.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, dr pastorcarlotta. I appreciate your read on this hub and the kind comments. You are such an encouragement to me. Blessings. I'll stop by your way again soon.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Mekenzie! Eleven grandchildren is such a big blessing. I don't think that you can ever have enough. It was so nice to see you here and thanks for the support.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I thought it might help other grandparents with different ways to keep in touch with their grandchildren. It is such a great blessing to have a close bond with each other. Thanks for visiting, drbj, and I am deeply grateful for your support.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Genna, you will enjoy grandparenting and I am glad the information is helpful to you. Yes, we are blessed indeed. Thank you for stopping in and for leaving such a positive comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It must be wonderful to have a grandchild so close in your home. I know by reading your hubs, that you truly enjoy each of your children. Thanks for your visit and encouragement. Blessings.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      You are so blessed to have so many grandchildren and such a wonderful husband. His letter to his grandson really touched me. What a wonderful role model he is. Your grandchildren are also very blessed to have such wonderful grandparents.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Your grandchildren are very fortunate to have such loving and wise grandparents. I love the letter. Up, beautiful and awesome.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for such a great hub. If my daughter ever has children at least it gives me some ideas about what I can do to help.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      So glad to see this encouragement for grandparents to reach out to their grandchildren. As you put so well, the impact grandparents can have in the lives of their grandchildren can be very important. Letters to older children can indeed mean a great deal.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Minnetonka, we do feel that blessing in our life, family is important. Thank you for the visit, kind reflection an support. Have a great journey today, my dear friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you for stopping in, breakfastpop. I am glad you found it interesting. Your support means much to me.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Michele! I am glad you found some information from this and hope that, should that day come, you will find it useful. You are so generous in your comment and I am grateful for your support. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      RTalloni, Your comment on older children adds on to the value of grandparenting. Older children, even adults, can benefit from a grandparent's mentoring and loving guidance. I am so glad you stopped in for a visit and appreciate your support. Be well and safe.

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      Sturgeonl 5 years ago

      This is truly a beautiful hub filled with so much wisdom and insight. Wonderful ideas for letter writing to children and the excerpts showed how just how valuable grandparents are. I love the words of wisdom about cooking! I don't have grandchildren yet but I will share them with my boys. Very touching!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Awwww, Sturgeonl, you are of great encouragement to me! I appreciate your reflection on this hub and thankful for you sharing with others. Thank you. Have a blessed walk today.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      What a fantastic hub with so many great ideas for writing letters and questions that will truly inspire children to write back. I have an adopted granddaughter and remember how I use to feel when she left after a week or two It was partial sadness because so often I wished she'd stay forever and other times a little relief. Voted ups across the board and thanks for sharing

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I think it is harder on the grandparent when the children leave than on the children. Keeping in touch with them helps to ease the emptiness for both child and granparent. Thank you for stopping in and for your votes of support, Charlu. Have a great evening.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Seriously, teaches12345 by your profile pix you don't look like a grandparent. I am sure you must be a great one though.

      I agree that grandparenting is much fun than being parents...phew! you got the license to spoil them...hehe

      love this hub and gonna treasure it for when I become a grandparent in the 20 years time :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment on my profile. To tell you the truth, we married and had a family at a very, very young age. Most people our age are just having their first grandchild. We do enjoy being grandparents, it is a license to spoil! Your visits mean much to me and you always know just how to encourage me. Have a great evening!

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      BecauseIloveyou 5 years ago from PA USA

      Soo cool! We need to help the next generation all we can. I wrote a whole book for my grandchildren and made a generic one also, but I have no clue how to publish it. I had so far 3 Christians who wanted to "help" me. However God gave me explicit instructions and nobody could catch the vision. Check out my website: http://web.me.com/beatesmock, if you like.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for your visit, Becauseiloveyou. Your title already shows me that you love people and your grandchildren. Good vision on your book, don't give up, if this is God's plan it will succeed. I will look into your sight. Blessings.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love being a grandmother.. it is the best gift ...I am like you I didn't understand how it could be better because I loved being a mother so much but when i held my first grandchild.. OH WOW...

      great hub

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Glad to see someone else coul relate to this feeling, Deborah. Being a grandparent does have its advantages! Thanks for your vote and the wonderful support. Take care.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely hub, teaches, with such good ideas about how to be an effective grandparent. The letter that your husband wrote to your grandson is wonderful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks. Alecia! My husband enjoys writing the letters and hopes it will make a difference. Your comments are always so supportive to me.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Awww, how endearing! Your grandkids are so lucky to have you both for grandparents. Such a neat hub and I love the idea of "letters to the grandkids" - a priceless memento. Thanks for sharing this. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fantastic idea!!! Your grandkids will so appreciate the letters forever and a day!:)

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      You are a very sweet and kind grandma. I have learned a lot with this inspiring hub. Someday when I become a grandparent, I will remember all of this. Thank you. :) God bless...

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Great hub, great words of wisdom for grandparents. Something grandparents should consider in their life. Thank you for sharing this here at HUbpages. Remain blessed always and best regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks, Ccltgirl! I am blessed to have such wonderful grandchildren. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sunshine, it is always fun to write the letters to them. Hopefully, it will make a difference over time. Thanks for the visit and your support.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad you found some useful information here and that it will help you in the future. So glad you came by and so very thankful for your support.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, Cristina, for such positive support. I hope the hub does bless many others as they use it in reaching out to their family. Blessings!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am so enjoying being a grandparent and can relate to what you have written.

      My grandma sent me a couple of letters when I was young and they are one of my most valued and precious posessions.

      And yet it had never occurred to me to write to my grandchildren, it's a wonderful idea.

      Thank you and voted up

      Best wishes Lesley

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      pipmistress 5 years ago from Qatar

      This is really nice, I will tell this to my mother and also, i will do this to my future grandchildren.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Being a grandmother or "Nannie," as my two beautiful granddaughters call me, and one on the way, is a beautiful blessing. The way you express your thoughts in this piece really are so true. My son blessed me when he was just 19 years old, and my daughter who is 28 is still waiting for the right one, which is just fine with me! There is just something extra special about the grandchildren. My granddaughters and son had to come live with my husband and I for almost two years, and it was the greatest joy having them there everyday. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A truly wonderful read teaches;uniqiue and so interesting.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You will enjoy the communication through letters, Movie Master. I find their letters to me also a great enjoyment. I am so glad that you have a close relationship with your grandchildren. Thanks for the support and the vote of support. Be well and safe!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Pipmistress, I hope you mother enjoys the read through, I am sure she will love being a grandmother to your future children. It was so good of you to stop in and leave such a supportive comment. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Faithreaper! What a great story you have to tell and it is still reaping the benefits of your devoted love. Thanks for coming for a visit, I enjoyed your thoughts on this. Be blessed in your walk today, my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hi, Eiddewen! Thanks for your positive comment. I am blessed by your presence here on the hub. Take care and enjoy your day.

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      This is sooooooooo beautifully written. There are so many precious insights here and so many words just laced with love and grace.

      My favorite part of this hub is when you put your husband's emails and his letters up. So much wisdom there.

      Your grandkids are extremely blessed to have God fearing grandparents like you and your husband. =) I'm so inspired after reading this.

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      Kebennett1 5 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      How inspiring! I can't wait to become a grandparent and ideas like these are being stored for future use! Thank you so much. You and your husband are awesome grandparents!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad that you enjoyed the hub article. His mom just put in a request for grandpa's next letter to our grandson! It is a true blessing indeed to be involved in their lives in this fashion. I always appreciate your visits and your words are so encouraging. Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Kebennett1, thank you for the sweet comment and support. I hope that the information does help you as your approach that stage in life. Have a great evening.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Teaches12345, this is a very touching article. I will remember this when my kids go to college. It may not be a bad idea to write them such thoughtful letters even now for their lunches. I am moved by the amount of time your husband takes to impart value to his grandchildren and to encourage them to think about their actions. Great article. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I like your idea, formosangirl. Yes, writing letters to your kids now is a great idea. I know people who write letters for the 16th birthday and save it for the special day. It is so special and means much to the child. My husband believes in family and in supporting each other through life's journey. Your presence is always a welcome visit and I am deeply honored by your comment and support. Take care.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi teaches

      Very good article.

      It is the same way with my great niece and nephew. I am the crazy uncle who makes everything an adventure and fun.

      God bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I think your niece and nephew are blessed to have an adult in their lives who take interest in them. I am glad that you stopped in for a visit, always a pleasure to have you here. Thank you for your kind comment and blessing. May you be blessed as well.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, teaches12345. I just returned to share this article with my fellow readers.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you formosangirl. I hope it helps. Blessings!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is so sweet. I really enjoyed receiving letters from my relatives when I was a child. I think it is great that even though you are far away, you and your husband are imparting words of wisdom and sharing your values with your grandkids. Being a grandparent certainly seems to bring a whole new perspective on things.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We enjoy our grandchildren and love being a part of their lives. Hopefully, those imparted words will make a difference in their lives. Thanks for your added value to the hub article. I enjoy your visits and appreciate your comments. Be well and safe.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      They say grandparenting is much more fun than parenting. From your hub, I must say it's true. Your husband and you are doing such a great job--your grandkids are so lucky to have such caring and loving grandparents. That said, letters writing is defintely a great way to connect and leave a lasting influence on them. Rated up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We really do enjoy grandparenting, more so because we get to do the fun stuff now! Letters are memorable and can always be reread and enjoyed. Thanks, Anglnwu, for your visit and comments. I am always glad to see you. Blessings!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hopefully those letters that your husband and you are writing will be kept, and even if not, the impact they have on your grandchildren should live long into the future. They are lucky to have such caring grandparents as the two of you are. Wonderful hub and will be SHARING this so that others can learn from it. Also voted up and useful.

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Excellent hub teaches, though I am not a grandparent yet

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      As grandparents, we can share those experiences that will help our children to bypass some of the problems in life. Hopefully, they will recall these values when the time comes. I am always pleased with your visit and comments, Peggy. You are so encouraging to me. Thanks for the votes of support and for sharing this with others.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, MG! I appreciate your reading the hub, even if it still does not yet apply to you. I am glad you found it interesting. Your support means much to me.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      What a great idea! And your husband's letters are just beautiful. I know you grandchildren will keep those letters forever.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, molly! I am so glad you stopped in today. Thank you for your kind comment and yes, they will be treasured forever! BE well and safe.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      teaches12345 Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting! What a wonderful hub about grandparenting and I LOVE the letters! The video is heartful and the music is fantastic. VERY VERY inspiring and full of heart. Grandparent hubbers will rejoice when they read this, it is so genuine, sincere and full of love! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, I enjoyed reading this Hub. As a grandmother (and I have a great) I appreciate everything you say. I adopted three of my grandchildren. The youngest boy is now 17. I wrote a Hub giving advice to my Grandchildren. Check it out when you have some time. May I link this Hub into that one?

      Hope you have a great day!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You are so encouraging and always give me a smile when you visit. I am glad you found it interesting and appreciate your supportive votes, Sparklea. God bless you!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I will check out your hub, Mary. As grandparents, our presence in their lives will help them through life's many trials. You have taken on an imported role and will be blessed through the years. Thanks for linking to your hub and I will do the same with yours. Be blessed in your walk today.

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      Dawnrichard 5 years ago

      Nice info. The 6 points you have mentioned i love so much. Keep up writing teacher. You are good writer.

      Dawnrichard

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Dawnrichard, thank you for your encouraging comment and visit. I am glad you found the hub interesting. Take care.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      teaches - This is such a wonderful Hub! :) I am transitining slowly into grandparent hood or "Shesha-hood."

      Since they already had a grandmother and I simply can't be "granny" (that will forever be my maternal grandmother), we settled on my Polish childhood diminutive, Shesha (pronounced Sheh' shuh). It has the virtue of being easy for two year olds to pronounce and it is one of a kind. :)

      I love everything about your approach to grandparenting, letters, packages, warm advice, encouragement. In my opinion, you and your husband both win the trophy. :)

      BTW, your comment on the hub with the botanical illustrations encouraged me to do another one. :) Have a wonderful weekend. Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Theresa, congratulations on your new role as Shesha. I'm sure your grandkids will become a real joy to you. Sounds like they are getting a pretty cool grandma, too! Awww, thanks for the nice comments. We do love our grandkids. Yes, post another botanical hub-- will look forward to it. Take care.

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      erin montemurro 5 years ago

      what a great way not only to keep in touch with your grandchildren but also create lasting memories for them as well ... I can just see it now them sitting around the dinner table as adults with children of there own saying, "you know your grandma used to write letters to me and I'll never forget the time she wrote about...."

      well done teaches

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Erin. Awwww, that is such a sweet add on -- yes, memories built in this way will make a great difference in the future. I appreciate your coming in to visit and for leaving added insight to the topic. You take care and be safe out there!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I love being a mom...but there is nothing better than being a Grammy! One grandson lives for hours away so every visit from him is extra special..my other grandson lives just a few steps away and I see him daily...also very special...my first granddaughter should be here by the end of the week and she will also live close by....I love spoiling all of my grandkids...I will probably start writing letters to all of them when they are old enough to read...I love the idea of sharing stories of when I was their age...this will be fun!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Congratulations, Justateacher, on your new grandchild. You are indeed very blessed! I am glad that you stopped by and found the hub interesting and useful. Yes, it will be fun for everyone to communicate through letters and stories. Take care, my friend.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      When you are raising your kids, sometimes it is so busy you don't have time to think. I love having my grandkids around now that I have the time to just enjoy them. I wish I could see them more.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We do enjoy the grandkids when they are around, less parenting is required and just a lot of loving. Thanks Barbara for your visit, hope you get to see more of your grandkids this year!

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      Abat225 4 years ago from New York

      This is very well written and reminded me of the special bond i had with my own grandparents. They both have been gone for a number of years now but few days pass without me thinking of them and smiling. Everything you say makes so much sense. Very enjoyable hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Abat225, glad you have these special memories of you grandparents. It sounds like they had a good impact on your life. Thanks for your support.

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      jwinspireme/Juliet 4 years ago

      Dianna,

      Thanks for your guidance for grandparents. I am not one as yet and have a ways to go, but your tips and suggestions are very useful. I do agree that parenting comes with no manual it is learning as you go experience. Your experiences can help others avoid pitfalls and this is where older women can follow the command to teach the younger women. As the poem you posted said we need grandparents. We love them and they play a big role in grandkids lives. Grandparents can impart seeds of wisdom and nuggets from your life experiences to their grandkids.

      a few lines from the poem above states

      "Grandmother and Grandfather, we care for your very much.

      Please do not forget us.

      Please remember to keep in touch.

      God bless you, Grandparents, you are a star in our world.

      God placed you both here to bring peace and joy to our world."

      by Juliet Wilson, © Capture The Experience Through Poetry, 2010

      Grandparents you are a star in your grandkids world. You are encouraged to keep in touch with them because you can make a difference in their world. They are the offspring from your roots. Bless you all.

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wonderful hub. I was under the impression that the art of writing letters is gone for ever. You have pointed out a new use for this art.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vnsatakopan, letter writing is such a treasure and priceless to those who receive them. Thank you for adding insight to the hub post. Be well and strong.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Lovely article,teaches. I have two grandchildren, a girl, 19 now, and a boy, 17. I have letters they have written over the years, and was so touched recently to discover they have kept all of mine. A couple of days ago my granddaughter wrote a lovely long letter to me, sharing details of her nursing courses and studies. I felt so privileged. Being a grandparent is work too, but a wonderful joy. Thanks for writing. I always enjoy your Hubs.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vicki, you are blessed to have such wonderful grandchildren who value keeping connected with their grandparent. It is a treasure! I am so happy you have gleaned some perspective from the article. I enjoy your visits and support. Enjoy your journey, dear lady.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dear Shahpriya, grandparenting is such a pleasure and one that makes my life so complete as a parent. You get to enjoy them without the discipline responsibility (in most cases!). Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I hope your day is going well. Take care.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      We live in India, and still in small towns and villages, even in big cities, joint families pattern is here. and grand parents have a very strong impact on the grandchildren, in fact grand children are more in touch with their grand parents and they take their basic life training from them only.Yes this is a great pleasure to read such a meaning ful content from Dianna and shall help and guide many, God bless.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Girishpuri, India certainly has a wonderful family setting for children. I only wish all nations would follow this pattern. It is from our wise elderly parents, grandparents, that we learn the value of life. Blessings to you as well, dear friend.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Your this hub is very useful for Grand Parents, Parents and children. Voted up and shared.

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      LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

      Inspired by your article, thank you!

      I have two grandsons living in a distant land and send post cards on a regular basis but will start writing letters too using some of your ideas for news items.

      I wrote post cards to my grandmother during my travels and after she died ( age104yrs) all those cards were returned to me. What a read, what memories!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jainismus, if it helps grandparents to connect with their children, then it makes writing worth all the effort. Thank you for your positive feedback. Enjoy your day.

      Lady, you were blessed to have a grandmother in your life for so many years. I had one but she lived across the country and I only saw her on occasion. I am glad to hear your grandchildren are connecting with you even though far away. It will make a big difference to them as they mature. Have a lovely day, sweet lady.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are sure right, grandparenting is a picnic compared to parenting; isn't it and such fun! Sounds like you have a great grandson and I know he will remember the letters and tips with love along with your other grandchildren. Thanks for sharing. ^

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jackie, yes, you know grandparenting is so much more enjoyable than parenting! Thanks for the visit and comment. Enjoy your grandkids!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Dianna,

      my grand parents were dead long before I was born. But when I see my parents' love for my nephew and niece, I know what I missed in my childhood.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am so glad that your children have this blessing, Vinaya. Thank you for your visit here and I hope your day is going well.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Everything about this hub is lovely Teaches...you are always teaching. Your husband's letters are lovely and your thoughts and the points you make cover things pretty well.

      Being a grandparent is a blessing and sometimes I think it's a way for us to make up for the mistakes we may have made raising our kids. We learned as they grew.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tillsontitan, thanks for the support on this post. Being a role model for children is always a good thing. Glad that you are a part of your grandchildren's lives and that they will know the wisdom shared. Be well and safe.

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      Neelum Waqar 4 years ago from Pakistan

      tnks for shearing important information.

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      Neelum Waqar 4 years ago from Pakistan

      i agree with teaches12345

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Neelum, thank you for stopping by here. I hope are having a wonderful day.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Such a sweet hub. I don't have children (and won't have grandchildren) but I enjoyed reading this. It was very touching!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Epbooks, I am sure that your heart embraces that of a child in many ways. You are a truly genuine and special person.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Letters To My Grandchild I don't have any grandchildren but communication is so important to your loved ones. A great hub on this topic. One day I will have grandchildren and when the time comes I guess I will know better. I agree that grand parenting i much better than parenting it also depends on the behaviors of children when raising them.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is a hub full of such valuable advice. I communicate with my grandchildren (of which I have 3, number 4 on the way) often as I'm lucky to have them close by. Even when I don't see them, we often talk on the phone, even the two 3 year olds (the oldest is coming up to 13). I send the oldest emails now and then and we have some good talks; I make sure she doesn't miss out when the little ones demand attention.

      I'm keeping a running diary for each of them - what they do, progress made in lots of ways, etc.

      I love the fact that we can in some ways make up for mistakes made when we were parents (I even discuss such mistakes with my daughters!). I do spoil my grandchildren but I also try to keep in with their parents' rules. My rules apply in my house though (they're mostly the same). It's great to have the time to look after them, guide them and have tremendous fun with them.

      Love this hub; great presentation and lovely, communicative style. Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      DDE, thank you for coming by and please forgive my late appreciation. You will be an excellent granparent when the times come - I can tell. Children are such a joy to be around, especially when you can say good-bye at the end of the day and pass them on to their parents. Just joking of course!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Annart, How wonderful that you keep a diary on each child. Yes, we have a secon chance at making it better for our grandchildren. Love them and enjoy every minute, Annart!

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      Amie Butchko 3 years ago from Warwick, NY

      I loved your hub! It made me laugh... it made me cry! It is clear that you are a very loving mother and grandmother and your husband, a loving grandparent and father as well. As a mother with young children now, this was beautiful to read and I can't help but think how lucky your children/grandchildren are to have you!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hi Amie! We do love our grandchildren and hope to pass on wisdom from our experiences in life. I t sounds as if you are a great mom and will someday enjoy the blessings of grandchildren. Thanks for coming by and may you always know the treasures children bring to our life. Blessings.

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      Barbara Bethard 3 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Hi Teaches! What a wonderul hub! I enjoyed it so much. I am keeping a word doc with words and pics off of FB...so I can share with my two grandchildren in a couple of decades the things that made their mom and dad smile :)

      but you have reminded me that it is important that I give them a piece of my heart as well! Thank you!! Will Do!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      RNMSN, your idea is wonderful. It is these moments we capture that will bond their hearts to ours forever. Thank you for adding interest to the content. Blessings.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      I love beeing a mother and I can imagine that grandmother will be even cooler... A really thoughtful and beautiful hub. Voted beautiful!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am so glad to hear how much you enjoy parenting, Kerlund. Yes, grandparenting is just an extension of this wonderful experience. Thank you for your support. Enjoy your day.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      very interesting write and experience shared.

      children can be fun especially grand children cos they bring the fun back. as you noted, they brought life to the house again and when they left everywhere became lonely.

      I laughed when i came across "Be extra sure the bathroom door is locked"

      yeah that's true cos some just barge in thinking it is still home. lol

      as per communication, letter writing is a very good method even in this hi-Tech society. A little thing from the past is good for the kids.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is such a good idea! I enjoyed every bit of this hub and laughed out loud at #6 on your list of things to remember. The time I spent with my grandchildren are the happiest of all. This was before my son passed away. I have rarely had the privilege of seeing them since. But I know they are growing up to be fine men and women. I miss them and love them with all my being. Thank you. Voted up and across and sharing.

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      HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

      What a great article. I cannot comment it with my experiences as I am not parent nor grandparent but is so nice to read about tips and advice about grandparenting. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences :-)

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Its a wonderful hub. So interesting, though I am not a GP yet

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      The children consider it as a special gift to receive letters from someone closest to them. In our country the bond between the children and their grandparents is even more than their parents. In this technologically advanced age hand written letters are becoming a thing of the past and the grand parents may jolly well become pen pals of their dear ones by sending electronic mails adding beautiful photographs and pictures inculcating in them the knowledge of such essential arts.Thank you very much for the useful hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Ubani, glad you enjoyed the read. Yes, we have had some interesting experiences from leaving doors unlocked. You don't want to know!

      Vocal, it is wonderful you have warm memories of your son. I am glad your grandchildren are reflecting his love and wisdom.

      Happy Mike, I apprciate your visit and comment. I think we can all relate to children in one way or another, regardless of parental status.

      Mg Singh, I hope some day you enjoy grandchildren. They will put smiles and lots of love in your life.

      Arun, I agree. Handwritten letters are so valuable and can be kept through the ages as reminders.

      Thanks everyone for your support. Blessings!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I think your idea is a grand one! Instead of texting or e-mailing your grandchildren, it is good to write a letter to them in your own handwriting. That way, they learn the importance of writing. Your ideas are good ones. I read somewhere recently the "being a grandparent is the gift you are given for not strangling your child in his/her teenage years." Enjoy!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Suzette, I'm chuckling at your quote. It rings of truth. Yes, letters are a good way to communicate with your loved ones. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Meshack Bwoyele Keya 3 years ago from Vihiga County,Western Kenya

      Grand-parenting gives the grand-children great pleasure and the grand-parents have a reason to live and smile.Their stories also are enjoyable

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Your words are filled wisdom, stbrians. Grandparenting is wonderful. Thank you for your comment. Enjoy your day.

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Hello teaches12345 I really like your hub. I can tell that you wrote it with feelings. The best part was that I really liked the Poem Grandmother and Grandfather it really reminds of the years I passed with my grand parents. They were so amazing. I really miss them a lot! Thank you for very nice hub. I am voting you up!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Imtii, I am glad to hear of your good memories of your grandparents. It is a blessing to have had that time with them. Thank you for your words of support. Enjoy your day, dear friend.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I just loved it when my grandchildren were little tikes. As they got bigger we baked cookies and molded chocolate at Christmas. I miss those years. Now they are adults.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Barbara, my grandkids are in their teens now and I am trying to treasure every moment I am with them. Soon they will be off to college and things change for the better, but a bit sad for grandparents. I would love some molded chocolate right now!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      teaches, this article contains so much love and wisdom... thank you for all the ideas, tips, and reminders of the importance of building a great relationship with our grandkids. I have to say that being grandparents is the highlight of our lifetime for my hubby and me. We communicate with our granddaughters on the phone and on-line. They are on G+, email, have made over 100 youtubes with their various dolls and toys (they're 7 and 9) and have blogs, twitter, and who knows what else, mainly because they saw that I did. I actually can't keep up with all the bombardment from various corners... it's a little quieter now that they are back in school. I'm not complaining... they are a delight! My desire, as I know as it is for many grandparents, is that someday we live closer together.

      I also loved how you included the Grandpa's notes and shared wisdom. How rich your grandchildren are for the united tide of love and mentoring!

      Beautiful hub! Voted you up and shared!

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      You are right, parenting does not come with a driver's manual. Every child is different. The hub made me a little bit nostalgic.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      This is wonderful Dianna, I don't have grandchildren, in fact I probably won't get any as my son lives with his girlfriend who already has two grown up daughters, but I would take all the advice you have given here, and what a lovely family you have too, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Techygran, I love how you are communicating with your grandkids. It is important to build these relationships, it takes effort but so worthwhile. Thank you for reflecting these positive thoughts.

      Sanjay, glad this brought some happy memories to your mind today. Be well and safe.

      Nell, thank you for your kind comment and support. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

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      ubrish ali 2 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      It shows your love for kids

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Ubrish, thank you for the comment and your visit. I do love kids! Blessigns, dear lady.

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      ubrish ali 2 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      Welcome .I will love to read your new article.so stay connected always.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Thank you, Ubrish. I will keep in touch, dear lady.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I now have great grandchildren and yes, the children in your life are precious. I miss the time when both my kids and grandkids were small.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Your grandchildren are lucky to have such wise and loving grandparents, who are willing to share their wisdom. I have a feeling they will become fine adults.

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      Kammie Savidge 2 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Such loving and wise advice. You are a great lady and an inspiration to others. Thank you for writing this article.

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good evening, Teaches12345; lovely examples of how to communicate. I wanted to foster a love of reading and writing for my grand children, so they each get a letter monthly. I see them and talk to them on the phone, but let me miss a letter, and I hear about it. So I know they value them.

      Some are just questions about their world and other times, it's a link about their interests, or an article or poem that I know will be special for them. We continue the tradition at holidays and birthdays as well. ~Marilyn

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      This is so adorable. Looking forward to read more of your posts.

      Voted up.

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      sujaya venkatesh 22 months ago

      what love!

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      Dianna Mendez 22 months ago

      Ubrish,

      Barbara,

      Sujaya,

      Akriti,

      Marilyn,

      Save Our Children,

      PawPaw,

      So glad everyone grasped how precious our children are, especially grandchildren. I enjoyed reading your responses and you have brightened my day. Have a wonderful week, dear friends. God bless your home and life.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a beautiful hub! You took me back in time when my grandfather used to write letters to me. I have preserved all of them very carefully. Each letter is precious to me. We always learnt something in their company. Remember those were days of handwritten letters.

      I have yet to become a grandmother but I have plans to become a very grand grandmother. Someone whose company the grandkids would love to have.

      Loved going through your hub ! Very interesting and thought provoking indeed! Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 12 months ago

      Hello ChitrangadaSharan! You are so blessed to have the memory of your grandfather's letters. I know you will be an excellent grandmother (and grand one too!). Have a wonderful week, dear lady.

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      NadineMay 6 months ago

      What a lovely post. You are truly fortunate to see them growing up, even if you are not living next door. They have stayed with you long enough to bond with you both.

      The distance between our grandchildren totally limits our ability to physically be bonding with them. They all live, six of them, on different continents. We do send postcards and we hoped that the internet would make a difference, but sadly it has not. We are strangers to them. We now hope, when they are all grownup that they want to come to South Africa and have a free place to stay while on Holiday. That is if we live long enough.

      What we have attracted in our lives is a mother with her then 15 year old son. They came to stay with us. We have seen Michael who is now seventeen growing in a very loving an mature young adult and he very often cooks for us and helps me in the garden, for which he earns pocket money.

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