Statistics tell us that male Baby Boomers probably have another 20 to 30 good years ahead of us, and most have grandchildren. But how much time and mental energy will we expend on these living legacies? How much will we prioritize them, and how proactive and deliberate will we be as granddads?
New York Times number-one best-selling author Richard Eyre encourages gradfathers to ask themselves a very important question: what kind of grandfather will you be? Will you be a disengaged grandfather, who downsizes to an adults-only condo in Sun City by a golf course and rarely sees his grandkids? Will you be a limited grandfather, a supportive grandfather, or best of all will you be a proactive grandfather?
Only when we choose to be proactive does grandfathering become effective, consequential, and truly fun. At this level, you deliberately ponder the needs you can uniquely fulfill, and you set goals and plans to enhance your grandchildren’s lives (in concert and in teamwork with the goals and stewardship of their parents). This approach will stretch and test you, but it will also reward you with levels of fulfillment, well-being, love, and peace otherwise unobtainable.