Entries by Cavin Harper

Five Ways to Intentionally Grandparent from a Distance – Part 2

GRANDPAUSE: In prayer there is no distance. Grandparenting from a distance does have its challenges. We miss out on so much of the special moments happening in our grandchildren’s lives because they are so far away. And want can adequately replace a real hug or holding a child’s hand as you walk together through the park? […]

Five Ways to Intentionally Grandparent from a Distance: Part One

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3 Not long ago I interviewed Wayne and Marci Rice on our Family Impact Podcast (click here for that interview) about their new reality as long distant grandparents. They understand the loneliness that grandparents who are not geographically close to their grandchildren […]

Five Ways to Cultivate a Healthy Family Environment-Number 4

Unwavering Peacemaker Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 In a world of incivility fueled by individual rights and personal agendas, peace seems unrealistic. Rudeness is not new, but it does seem to be intensifying. Families embroiled in conflict often seem beyond any hope of reconciliation. Perhaps we […]

Five Ways Grandparents Can Cultivate a Healthy Family Environment- Number 3

The desire to enjoy healthy, positive family relationships resides in all of us. Humility combined with patience, where we consciously bear with one another, are key factors towards achieving that kind of mutually beneficial relationship. It is a great start for rebuilding and repairing broken relationships, and for maintaining those that are already strong. There […]

Five Ways to Cultivate a Healthy Family Environment – #2

Who doesn’t want good relationships with their adult children and grandchildren? Sometimes, however, things get in the way of that happening. Whether you are facing obstacles right now, or you have a strong, healthy relationship with your adult children, these five practices matter for both. So, let’s add to humility the second of five ways […]

Seven Things You Can Teach Your Grandchildren-Part Two

In Part One, we examined the first four of seven character builders you can teach your grandchildren: Good reading habits, family heritage, personal skills, and manners. Here are the final three: 5. Teach virtues like integrity, honesty and hard work. Virtues are not learned by lecturing, but by modeling and making the most of teachable […]

Seven Things You Can Teach Your Grandchildren: Part 1

Grandparents have been around the block a few times. Hopefully, that translates into wisdom and godly character. Grandparents are in a powerful position to influence their grandchildren in meaningful ways that produce good character. A quality character is evidenced by a life of prudence (good judgment and self-discipline), knowledge and virtue. In other words, wisdom […]