The Joys and Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do,” writer Alex Haley said. (Rido/Shutterstock)
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By Jeff Minick From that most prolific of authors, Unknown, we have this aphorism: “A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” That amalgam of those three little bits into “grandparent” creates one of the greatest joys life can bestow on us. Being a grandparent is as different from being a parent as pepper from salt. Delight often replaces the worries we felt as parents, and an indulgence we would never have shown our sons and daug
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