University of Illinois Extension

Idea Corner

Does your grandchild feel torn between a biological parent and you? Most children want to love their parents, regardless of how the parents have treated them or you in the past.

To help children deal with loyalty issues, tell them that they have a big enough heart for both you and the parents. You may even need to give the children "permission" to love their parents.

Grandchildren in this situation have enough problems without having to deal with loyalty conflicts.

Send your ideas to:

Parenting Again Annette Campbell, editor
University of Illinois Extension
4202 Williamson Place, Ste. 2
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Fax: 618-242-9386
E-mail: campbella@mail.aces.uiuc.edu