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Grandparenting 101

LifeBalance and Family Priority in the Indian Summer of Life
With Richard and Linda Eyre

The Eyres, after nearly 40 years of writing and speaking to parents throughout the world, have now turned their attention to where their own life is—grandparenting, partnering with and parenting adult children, and finding balance between family, ongoing work, retirement, estate planning, travel, and living the fullest and richest Autumn-Season possible (They prefer to call it “Indian Summer”).

Grandparenting today is where Parenting was 50 years ago—there are few books and resources available to give us the answers and ideas we need. And yet many of us will be grandparents for three or four decades—more than twice as much time as we had while parenting a child in our home! And becoming an effective proactive grandparent is not easy. We have to learn how to communicate with a new generation of kids, and we have to learn to teach and to give to them in ways that do not bypass or step on the toes of the parents.

That’s why Richard and Linda have developed Grandparenting 101, a fun and impactful online Zoom course on the art of developing effective, difference-making relationships with our grandkids.

Doing this well—making the most of this high-priority new role of grandparent—takes a plan. And it’s not just grandparenting—its learning how to live well in this new empty nest (or almost empty nest) season of life. What Richard and Linda do in their latest books, presentations and social media is to explore ways in which we can inventory our skills, our assets, and our opportunities even as we come to appreciate and understand our stewardships and priorities more clearly. And they have distilled the essence of their books and their thinking into the 6-part Zoom Class called Grandparenting 101: The New Frontier.

Here are some of the valuable, difference-making things that are included in the online course:

  • Building trusting, confidence-giving relationships with individual grandchildren
  • Long-distance grandparenting: How to stay close to grandkids who live far away
  • Why the Empty Nest hurts and how to ease the pain and learn the pleasure
  • How to give advice without offending adult children
  • Extending financial help that empowers rather than entitles grandchildren
  • Setting specific goals for the kind of help and support you want to give your grandchildren at different ages
  • How to have fun with grandkids. How to use and develop a sense of humor that works with them
  • How to set boundaries that don’t offend parents but to blend our roles for the greater good of the children
  • Working with and finding compatibility with “the other grandparents.
  • Traveling with grandkids
  • How to impact grandkids values and faith
  • Fun activities for getting cousins to enjoy being together despite the age gaps
  • Finding the energy we need by replacing the “three deceivers” of control, ownership, and independence with Three Authentic Alternatives that bring greater peace and joy
  • How to prioritize relationships over achievements for the rest of your life
  • Making sons- or daughters-in-law a true and real part of your family
  • A questionnaire to draw out the true nature and feelings of your grandchildren
  • How to release your role of manager and replace it with your new role of consultant
  • Why “just over the hill” is the best place to be in life (“the remarkable gifts of age”)
  • Working from the inside out—designing the new YOU
  • Becoming a “gatherer” and planning awesome family reunions
  • The “Ten Empty Folders” approach to planning the rest of your life
  • Why 65 is the new 45
  • Being the “story-link” that connects your grandkids to your ancestors
  • The art and power of Grandparenting: Eight things you can do which parents can’t
  • Seven Decisions you can make now that will enrich the remainder of life
  • How an Empty Nest Marriage is different, and how to make it better
  • “Grandfather’s Secrets” and “Grammie Camps”
  • Helping grandkids overcome entitlement and develop GRIT
  • It takes a village: Forming an efficient partnership with your kids for your grandkids
  • The top-ten “practical practices” and the top-ten “potential pitfalls” of Grandparenting
  • Why Grandparents may be this world’s greatest untapped resource

We all understand that every family, and every grandchild and every grandparent is different, so this course does not try to present one-size-fits-all answers and solutions; rather, it gives you the stories, the examples and the ideas that will help you form your own unique and personal set of grandparenting goals and plans.

The Zoom courses will happen every month for six months, starting in the Summer of 2022. Participants will also receive weekly study guides and materials which lead up to each Zoom course. By registering early, you will receive additional Grandparenting materials prior to the first seminar.

Since the 6 installments each stand alone and since they repeat, you can join at any time and your membership will carry you through all 6 classes. The full cost of the course is $300 per person, or when couples enroll together (which is encouraged) the price is reduced to $500 for two. You can register here:

Single registration ($300)
Couple registration ($500)

Half of your registration fee will go toward the costs associated with the seminars, and the other half will go to the Eyrealm Foundation, a non-profit which is dedicated to helping less fortunate families across the world and to recognizing and promoting efforts that strengthen families.

After you have registered, you will receive Zoom links for each class (Please do not pass these Zoom links on to those who have not registered—so that everyone attending is paying their fair share). Each monthly Zoom class will be recorded so you can access it again whenever you wish.

Prior to each class, you will receive, each week by email, a Grandparenting bulletin filled with ideas and best practices that ties-in to and prepares everyone for that month’s upcoming Zoom seminar. You will also receive additional materials like the 12 Alexander’s Amazing Adventures stories to listen to with your grandkids—each story focuses on one power value, like honesty, respect, and courage.

In summary, here is what the Grandparenting 101 course includes:

  • Six extended, interactive Zoom seminars, one each month for six months
  • A weekly Grandparenting bulletin coming each Sunday for the full six months, each one containing ideas and “best practices” that expand on the Zoom seminars
  • 12 Alexander’s Amazing Adventures audio “values stories” to listen to with grandkids
  • Personal access to the Eyres by email so you can ask and get answers for personal questions
  • The satisfaction of knowing that half of your registration fee is going toward helping less fortunate families across the world
  • Any-time access to recordings of the Zoom classes
  • Free repeat registration for the following six months of new Zoom seminars (once you are registered, you can continue to attend every month for as long as you wish.)

As you can see, we want you to join us in deep involvement in this important thing called Grandparenting. We want to facilitate each of our own expansion and growth in becoming a part of a large coalition of difference-making grandparents, sharing ideas and motivation with each other about this most important and joyful role

Here are some of the books that relate to the online course (and that will be made available at author’s price to those that participate.)

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