When does asking the grandparents to baby sit, to fill in, to pay for childcare, to pick the kids up from school and chauffeur them to ball practice become a ‘practice in disrespect?’ Are you taking advantage of the grandparents?
When the children are all young, they don’t really notice that perhaps grandma or grandpa seem to gravitate more to one child or the other. Yet as the children grow, it becomes obvious.
The decision to include grandchildren in your will is completely personal. Even though you may have conversations with your grown children and talk to them about your wishes, the only real way to make sure that they are carried out is to draft a will that specifically includes your grandchildren.
With no living grandparents, children are forced to get to know them through the other people around them. They may know they have grandma’s eyes or that they can sing just as beautifully as grandpa did – but they don’t understand it as you do.
There is this ideal created that all children will instantly and always be in love with their grandparents. But what happens when your children don’t like their grandparents?
When your see your first grandchild for the first time, recognizing your own child in their eyes, you will feel like you have been given a second opportunity at life and love.
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