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Today, September 13, is Grandparents Day


A Happy Grandparents Day to all you Grandparents! We love you…

In February 1977, Senator Randolph, with the concurrence of many other senators, introduced a joint resolution to the senate requesting the president to “issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as ‘National Grandparents’ Day’.” Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents’ Day and, on August 3, 1978, then President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”.


Super Single Parent Conference


Super Single Parent Conference

Olive Baptist Church – Pensacola, FL

Friday & Saturday, May 1-2

It’s tough being a single parent. James Cruise knows this all too well. Many years ago James lost his wife to a car accident, leaving him solely responsible for three young children. You have the opportunity to hear his story and learn from his struggles.

How can you take care of your children, take care of yourself and still find time to follow Christ’s leading in your life? Find out by joining us May 1-2 to hear from James Cruise, our guest speaker, at the Become A Super Single Parent Conference. The cost for the conference is $10. Payment envelopes can be picked up at the registration table in the foyer, all singles classes, the Singles office and the Main office. Scholarships are available by contacting the Singles office at 850-475-1147.

The Friday evening session begins at 7:00pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Saturday morning begins at 8:30am with a continental breakfast being offered. The event will be held in the Blue Room (#4100).

Free childcare will be provided for birth through fifth grade, but only for those registered by April 22. Pre-registered children can be checked in at the Simmons Building 15 minutes before the event starts and picked up immediately at the close of both sessions.



Visite us at our website http://www.jamescruise.com to learn more about being a single parent.

Tips for Raising Grandchildren

Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

Tips for Raising Grandchildren

Tip 1: Acknowledge your feelings

Tip 2: Take care of yourself

Tip 3: Your grandkids will have mixed feelings too

Tip 4: Focus on creating a stable environment

Tip 5: Encourage open and honest communication

Tip 6: Encourage contact with parents

Next Step:

Get legal, financial, and caregiving support. Raising grandchildren can bring up a range of legal and financial challenges, some of which are quite tricky to navigate.

Grandparents as Parents


Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

5 Things to do when considering to parent your Grandchildren:

  1. Establish Paternity
  2. Think Long-Term
  3. Quit Worrying About Alienating the Child’s Parents
  4. Contact a Lawyer Who Specializes in Family Law
  5. Find a Support Group


“Father, give me the wisdom to make good decisions for this child who needs me.”

Grandparents as Parents

Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

Vickie is a grandmother raising her heroin-addicted daughter’s two toddlers. I asked her what the two or three biggest concerns in her life are, now that she’s a parent again.

“Money comes first,” she said. “Children are expensive. Next I suppose is my legal relationship to the kids. I’m always scared my daughter will show up out of the blue and try to get them back. If I adopt them, she can’t ever get them back, but my “kin-care” money from the state will stop. And I need the money.”

Vickie paused and looked at me. Her eyes were sad and tired. “You know what’s really at the top? I feel alone. Nobody cares about me and these precious babies, What on earth would happen to them if I died? I’m sixty-two years old. I try not to think about it.”

From “Raising Your Children’s Children” by Martha Evans Sparks

Grandparents as Parents

Recommended Reading for Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

“Raising Your Children’s Children” by Martha Evans Sparks

If you are one of these grandparents, your life is changing in major ways. You may be faced with court proceedings, medical expenses, new demands on your time and energy; and the emotional needs of your grandchildren. There are millions of grandparents in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups who are experiencing what you are… and the numbers are increasing.


Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

  • 6.5 Million grandparents in U.S. are raising their grandchildren
  • 71% of grandparents raising their grandchildren are under age of 60
  • 19% of second-time-around parents & their grandchildren live below the poverty level
  • 8% of children under age 18 in U.S. live with grandparents
  • 80%-90% of grandparents raising their grandchildren is due to the children’s parents being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol
  • Many of these grandparents are single parents
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