Define your interpersonal roles in people’s lives and you’ll succeed more in living those roles with zip. You’ll also be less likely to step on the people you care about. Interpersonal intelligence often starts with family, yet carries into all relationships. How so?
You’ve likely heard it too. Parents tell how grandparents give gifts that go against their wishes. Grandparents say that parents fail to negotiate what’s best for all. I say that grand-parenting goes better when two-footed questions follow a birth announcement. What do you say?
When news comes of a grand-baby’s birth, for instance, why not ask:
What were your initial impressions when you first heard news of the baby?
Imagine adding joy that a grandparent can bring to the miracle of birth, even before it happens? When you explore new aspects of the journey together, you create space for parents to share their hopes and dreams for a child. You also hear any concerns they have, which could enhance your grand-parenting experience.
Don’t anticipate their answers, though. Simply encourage expectant parents to engage you in genuine conversations that will guide your role in a new child’s life. With a little reflection ahead, why not launch a winning journey for all. How so?
Smart skill 6 – Question Ahead for Grandparent or Family Roles
Start grand-parenting with an inviting question, and you’ll open different doors to finer communication over the life of a child. Just as the baby grows in a mother’s womb, grand-parenting bones, muscles and sinew grow through questions with the brain in mind.
Here are five questions to help you enjoy grand-parenting roles before the baby’s birth:
1. What would you like your baby to call me?
2. How did an older person inspire you most when you were young?
3. What’s the highest quality of a grandparent as you see it?
4. How would you most feel supported by my relationship with the baby?
5. What gift could we pick out together to celebrate news of this birth?
These few questions could enrich the grandparent- baby ties from the moment a birth is announced. What 2-footed question would you toss into the ring as a way to start a finer journey between grandparent and grandchild – before a birth?
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