We invite you to read our web anthologies and to communicate with us, and with the authors, about the specific stories and the general themes encountered here. These anthologies are designed for discussion groups and can be used in classes. Their purpose is to help us see different points of views around topics of challenge (and interest) to all of us--for example, the impact of inclusion and exclusion.
STEPPING IN: Raising Our Children's Children
BEGINNING A CONVERSATION
We think the increasing role of grandparents, voluntary or not, in the raising of the next generation is an important one and raises many interesting questions, such as the following:
What does it mean to find ourselves—when we thought we were well beyond our child-bearing, child-rearing years—taking on the same parental roles we played twenty or more years ago? Can we step into our adult children's shoes when, for often tragic reasons, they are not able to fill them? Do the things we learned first time around have any bearing here? Do we need to conceptualize our roles, the experiences that go with them, completely differently from either grandparents or parents? Where does the energy come from? Where are the rewards? Where is the support system? How do the changes in our society make this job easier or more difficult?
Although we did not receive enough submissions from our recent call to create a print anthology, we would like to share two moving submissions we did receive in order to encourage further conversation. If you have experiences of your own you would like to share, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will read and post your comments and stories as well.