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Balancing Act Archives
August, 2006: Family Snack Smarts
July, 2006: Cooperative Co-parenting
June, 2006: Street Proofing Teens 101
May, 2006: Harmony is in season: Harmony is in season: Warm Weather Activities To Bring The Family Together
April, 2006: Caregiving: Sensible Steps To Success
March, 2006: Healthy Eating In A Fast Food World
February, 2006: Stress Busters to Stay Lighthearted
January, 2006: Brain Gain in Life's Later Years
December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
October, 2005: Eating Away at Colds and Flu
September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
July, 2005: Nutrition Tips for the Healthiest Summer Ever
June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
February, 2005: Pumping Fitness into Your Day
* January, 2005: Remedies for Financial Holiday Hangovers
* December, 2004: Time Out: Making the most of the holidays
* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
* October, 2004: Dealing with Peer Pressure
* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
* August, 2004: The ‘Be-tween’ Transition, 2004
* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
* June, 2004: A family-friendly balance for working fathers
* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
* February, 2004: Keeping Your Financial Future in Check
* January, 2004: Here Comes the Flu
* December, 2003: Communicating with your Teen
* November, 2003: Eating for Energy
* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
* August 2002: Vacation Relaxation
* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
* October, 2001: Halloween Safety Tips
* September, 2001: Back to school

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Generation Relations: Uniting Grandparents and Grandchildren

Despite the age difference, the relationship between grandparent and grandchild can be a special one: it makes elders feel young again and gives little ones a richer view of the world. So how can you, as the parent foster this kind of relationship and bridge the generational gap? The tips below offer a few suggestions:

  • Agree on the ground rules. Everyone has their own take on childrearing so it's wise to discuss what you feel are appropriate activities, TV programs, discipline etc., before they become an issue.

  • Be flexible. Let go of minor style discrepancies. Children understand that different households have different rules and so should you. Bend to meet grandparents halfway on less significant rules, but stand your ground on issues that are really important to you.

  • Give grandparents and grandchildren an opportunity to connect. Set up a regular visiting time for the whole family to get together. If grandparents live further away, then encourage your child to e-mail, phone or write on a regular basis and make an effort to gather for major holidays or celebrations.

  • Embrace traditions. Most grandparents relish the opportunity to pass on cultural and family traditions and share customs from another era or country. Not only can these celebrations be a fun and bonding experience, but they may also pique children's interest in their heritage and family history.

  • Take a walk down memory lane. Encourage children to ask their grandparents questions about their own childhood and life experiences. Pull out old photo albums and home movies and let kids conduct a Q & A with grandma or grandpa. This kind of communication affirms the older generation's wisdom and lets children in on a well-kept secret: grandparents were kids once too.

  • Invite grandparents to sporting events, school plays, graduations, etc. Including your parents or in-laws helps them feel involved and provides kids with extra support during big and not-so-big moments in their life. If grandparents live far away, videotape or take pictures of the activities and be sure to send them off with an accompanying note (or scribble if they can't yet write) from the grandchild.

  • Get kids to help out at grandma/grandpa's house. Whether it's washing grandpa's car or cleaning out grandma's garage, encourage your children to lend a helping hand to their elders. It teaches them to be considerate of others and makes grandparents feel special.

  • Keep in touch after the divorce. Unless there's a good reason not to stay in contact, try to maintain a good relationship with your in-laws after a divorce. An on-going, stable relationship with grandparents can help kids adjust during this difficult time.

  • Celebrate Grandparent's Day. Encourage your kids to make a card or gift for their grandparents the first Sunday after Labour Day (September 8 this year). Missed it? Then let your children create their own special day to honour grandma and grandpa.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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