Loss and separation are difficult experiences to handle. For children, it is an even greater challenge because they are dependent on others for everything they need. Despite the problems they faced in the past, their new situation - living with someone other than their natural parent - may still bring about fear and uncertainty.
Children are often left feeling confused and abandoned. Your grandchildren may even feel a sense of responsibility and blame for the break-up of their family. They want to know what will happen to them; how long they will be separated from their natural parents; and how long your commitment to taking care of them will last.
With love and understanding, you can help them adjust to their new living arrangement. These tips may help as you talk with your grandchildren.
Be patient - it will take time for your grandchildren to heal and adjust. And, always remember that your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. Your grandchildren love and appreciate all your hard work and dedication.