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You Are More Than Grand: Social Wellness for Grandparents with DeeDee Moore

• 57 min

When DeeDee Moore became a grandparent, she had a hard time finding resources that would help her with the transition. So, she created one: More than Grand – which has online and downloadable content – covers topics that matter to parents and grandparents, from finding meaningful ways to connect to the latest trends in childcare. DeeDee joins us today as we talk about the importance of diversity in grandparent relationships. What kinds of support do we need in this season of life? Who is the best person for that? Sometimes it’s children or grandchildren – but sometimes it’s not! So often people think the answer to better social wellness is to whittle down connections. I think the opposite is true; the more we cut connections, the more pressure there is on the select few to fulfill ALL our social needs. We are unique, dynamic people that deserve to have social connection in a variety of ways. In this episode you’ll hear about: More Than Grand, which focuses on helping parents and grandparents communicate better with each other and transition new grandparents into their new roleWhat is being a grandparent? What have we been told by society that grandparenting entails, and how are some of those messages harmful?How the hyper-focus of being a grandparent can put a lot of pressure on children and grandchildren to fulfill ALL social wellness needsThe lack of control we have regarding whether or not we become grandparents – and other ways to get the “grandparent” experienceNavigating the grandparent/adult child relationship, which changes when grandchildren arrive, and the importance of sharing expectations with each otherMixing family and friends at gatherings and the importance of being open to letting go of old traditions and embracing new ones Resources & Links Learn about More Than Grand through DeeDee’s website, Instagram, and Facebook, and check out DeeDee’s New Grandparent Essentials kit. See the relationship framework about the types of friends and the roots of connection in your life that I mention in this episode. For even more on this topic, check out Episode 12 of this podcast. Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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