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Grandparents/Grandchildren

John's Most Recent Articles

Today's Grandparent's Deserve Well-Behaved Grandchildren

Posted on 2/23/2016

A recent article on grandparenting.com says that many baby boomers are experiencing difficulties in their relationships with adult children, including “not enough time together, not enough regular...

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Grandparents Raising Grandson

Posted on 12/29/2015

Q: Our daughter died last year—long, sad story—leaving behind a 2-year-old boy. The father—not named on the birth certificate—is not and never has been a factor in the child’s life and gave us...

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Grandma Needs Advice

Posted on 5/12/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: My husband and I need your advice. We are parents to one adult daughter who has three children ages 10, 7, and 4. They live about three hours away...

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Pull-Ups & Adoption Age

Posted on 9/16/2014

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we’re at home. We use a “potty bell” and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we’re away from home, however, he seems clueless. He...

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8 year old Grandson is Lying

Posted on 6/17/2014

Q: We are very concerned about our 8-year-old grandson’s lying. He always pleads innocence and wonders plaintively why no one ever believes him. When someone confronts him with some misdeed...

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Grandparent Boundaries

Posted on 7/30/2013

Q: Our daughter and son-in-law have consented to be the guardians of our first grandchild, due in a few months. In preparation for this momentous event, we want to understand what our boundaries...

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Nanny Interaction

Posted on 7/9/2013

A mom asked me a most interesting and currently pertinent question the other day: "How much one-on-one interaction should take place been a nanny and a child under her supervision?" The...

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3-Year-Old Boy Being Raised by Grandparents

Posted on 8/16/2011

Q. My 3-year-old grandson lives with his grandmother and me. He sees and speaks to his mother on the phone only occasionally. His birth father has never been in the picture. In fact, we don't know...

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Telling 3 YO about real parents

Posted on 8/15/2011

Q: My 3-year-old grandson lives with his grandmother and me. He calls me "Poppa" and his grandmother "Nanna." He sees and speaks to his mother on the phone only occasionally. His birth-father...

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Grandchildren's Behavior at Grandparents' House

Posted on 12/7/2010

Talk to adult kids about grandkids Q. Whenever our two adult children, their spouses and our four school-age grandchildren (tweenagers, all) visit us, chaos reigns. The children are wild. They...

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Recent Questions

How to Spend Time with Spoiled Grandchildren

Posted 1 week ago

We have followed you for 39 years!! Congrats! Time for a grandparent question. Our son who is 38 yr old married has 2 children, 3 and 1 yr. He and his wife have decided not to set boundaries...

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Change takes time.

Posted 1 week ago

Our 4.5 y.o. grandson has recently started having issues with rage and uncontrollable tantrums. Today, in the midst of one of his outbursts (tired and angry about having to leave a fun-filled day...

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Girl Boy Clothes

Posted 3 weeks ago

My 4 year old granddaughter say she wants to be a boy and her mother has started letting her wear “boy” clothes. What advice would you give me as to how to deal with this? I am very upset and need...

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Mom of twin girls isn't having fun being a Mom.

Posted on 8/20/2018

Hi team Rosemond, I need a pep talk. My twins are 4 years old in December, both girls. They have been raised Rosemond style from the start and are good kids. However, for whatever reason, I...

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Grandma custody of 4yro

Posted on 8/3/2018

My 4 year old Grandson who has always lived with me seems to be having some new concerns regarding his Mom. His Mom, has not seen him since Christmas Day, and has not contacted me to do so. Yes,...

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Grandparent protocol.

Posted on 7/23/2018

Would you please put some insight into the grandparent relationship with small children. As in 2 and 4. We are having a terrible time with them when returning home. No manners, not pleased with...

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Preparing children for Grandma's death

Posted on 7/1/2018

We have a 2.5 year old and a 5.5 year old; also have a niece and nephew that are 7 and 11 years old. My mother is dying of a terminal cancer and is now on hospice. We have been slowly telling the...

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4 yo Mean to Grandma When Mom Present

Posted on 5/30/2018

Two times my son has stayed at my parent's house while my husband and I went on vacation for a long weekend. I stay a few days with him to get him adjusted, leave for 2-4 days and return. He's...

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Co-bedding with grandparents.

Posted on 5/30/2018

My parents are coming in one week. They didn’t see their grandchildren quite long time. And their visit will continue couple weeks. During their visit my son(6 years old) would stay in his...

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Grandson handling loss.

Posted on 5/16/2018

37 yr old daughter had massive heart attack in car with husband & 9.75 yr old son....she died several hours later without regaining consciousness. My grandson seems to be doing ok....returned...

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