Leaving your children home alone for the first time is scary. But there comes a time when you realize the babysitter you hired is only a year older than your child. It happens around the age of 12 or 13. We had reached that moment and decided we could leave our children for short periods of time, half-hour, or an hour at the most. These trial runs had been successful. Our children, ages 12 and 7, seemed to handle life at home without us. We thought they were ready for something a little longer.
We are not our grandparents, grandparent! We are a resource! Which leads me to ask, what will our legacy be? How will we influence and care for the future? According to the Legacy Project, our lives will span seven generations. And each of us, in turn, becomes a bridge between the three generations before and the three after we were born. As grandparents, we have the unique opportunity to create meaning in our own lives by informing, inspiring and, reinforcing the foundation from which generations to follow will innovate and thrive.
The Big Life Journal inspired a big life conversation with my 8-year-old granddaughter about why boys think they are better than girls and the difference between equality and respect.