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I've heard from so many grandparents that many of their problems with their adult children and grandchildren set up really difficult communication issues. I think in many ways the problems we face in our families are either caused by negative communication patterns, or are made worse by ineffective communication among family members. So I wrote this month's column here on the AARP site about family communication http://www.aarp.org/family/articles/goyer_pitfalls_of_family_communication.html. What do you think? Does your communication style or that of your spouse or adult children - or your grandchildren - cause problems when you try to talk things through? I'd love to know what you think!
Hi, I am new to this site and also fairly new to the whole grandparent raising grandchildren era. My grandchild is 18 now,we have had her for little over a year. There has absoulutley no taking between her parents and us. It was like they dropped off the face of the earth. I finnally called my son and requested a meeting with him. Told him how I was feeling and trying to understand what was going on with them. It has gotten a tiny bit better but nothing like I thought it would be.