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Author Jerry Witkovsky, MSW, was recently asked for his insights to help grandparents establish solid bonds from the get go, as they prepare for grandchildren to move in with them. Says The Dollar Stretcher, “The change in routines can be stressful, so we reached out to Jerry Witkovsky, author of The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, for some tips on the best way for grandparents to deal with the stress of raising grandchildren.”

“A grandchild moving in with a grandparent is a grand opportunity to build bonds that will transform each generation beyond their imagination,” says Witkovsky. “However, the circumstances leading to this new connection can be difficult or even tumultuous.”

“Perhaps it’s more helpful to assume that everything is unexpected. Whether acknowledged or not, both grandparents and grandchildren have unspoken expectations. Different houses have different rules, so talking about that upfront can start the relationship off right from the beginning.”

Read the full article, “Dealing with the Stress of Raising Grandkids,” here: http://www.stretcher.com/stories/16/16jun13h.cfm