March GRG Connections
Issue 9 Volume 9
By Sue Bartolomeo, CYFAR (Children Youth & Families At Risk) Site Coordinator, GRandS (Grandfamily Resilience & Sustainability) Program
Thank you – to all the grandparents who attended and participated in our program meeting with the regional coordinator and the University of Florida team. We are very grateful to all who traveled to the Extension office and shared your influential views on how important the GRandS program is to you. The input and responses were welcomed by the grant funder’s representative as well as the UF team responsible for developing the GRandS program. The numerous kind words that were mentioned on Lisa’s and my behalf will be deeply treasured. The program will continue to move forward as we work each month with our amazing grandparents, your unique wisdom, gifts & noteworthy leadership styles.
KUDOS to Lisa for calling in so many grandparents to participate in this event!
Thank You. It is greatly appreciated!
My Grandson – God’s Gift
By Pamela, a WPB Grandmother raising her 14-year old grandson with autism
On the last day of the South Florida Fair I drove by with my 14 year old autistic grandson. He got all excited and wanted to go in. I was unable to go in because of my medical condition (fibromyalgia). We went home and he cried and cried. There was nothing I could say or do to calm him down. With my cell phone I dialed my home telephone number and left a message saying the Fair was closed. My reasoning was he will stop crying, but he cried even more. I hugged and kissed him and told him “please do not cry because grandma loves you.” I felt so sad and helpless that I started crying with him. He stopped crying then and turned to me and dried my tears. He hugged me, kissed me and told me “grandma do not cry I love you.”
There are no words that could describe my feelings about what happened that day. I could go on and on regarding my grandson’s situation but one thing I am sure off is that with God’s willing I will love and take care of my grandson.
Spiritual Well-Being – A Family Self-Assessment
From Family Treasures by Drs. Nick Stinnett and John DeFrain
“Years ago researchers talked about religion as a family strength, but thinking evolved and the term spiritual well-being seems to work better.”
Take a few minutes to see how you think you’re doing on spiritual well-being as a family.
- Put an “S” for Strength beside the qualities you feel your family has achieved.
- Put a “G” beside those qualities that are an area where your family could grow.
- Put an “NA” for Not Applicable, if the particular characteristic does not apply to your family or is not a characteristic that is important to you.
Each member of the family should fill this out separately by themselves. When everyone is finished, spend some enjoyable time talking together about how your views are similar and how they are different. Everyone has an important idea of what is happening and everyone’s views need to be considered carefully and respectfully.
In Our Family. . .
- We have a hopeful attitude toward life.
- Our home feels like a safe and pleasant place for all of us.
- We have a strong sense of belonging.
- We enjoy learning about our family history.
- We feel strong connections with our ancestors.
- There is a feeling of safety and security.
- We feel connected with nature and the world around us.
- There is a sense of peace among us.
- We believe that love is a powerful force that keeps us together.
- We benefit in many ways from our belief in a higher being or power.
- It is easy to share our spiritual values and beliefs with each other.
- We have very similar personal religious beliefs.
- All things considered, we have strong spiritual connections that improve our lives.