• What I Wanted to Say

    by Marianne Antczak

    What I wanted to say What I wanted to say (with gentleness): Dad, you’re worrying me. Your breathing doesn’t sound right. It sounds labored and difficult. It scares me. We need to call the doctor and get some help. What I said (out… read more

  • Caring for Aging Parents

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. My dad is in his late 80s and has been in steady decline since my mom passed away a few years ago. My sisters and I all moved away from our hometown and our only brother, who lives just down the street from our father, is his primary caregiver. … read more

  • Advice from Grandparents is Unwelcome & Ignored

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. I’m writing because I’m concerned about my 12-year-old granddaughter’s attitude and behavior. My daughter—her mother—is a single parent. The father is mostly absent and generally unreliable. Ever since my granddaughter… read more

  • Stay Active With Your Grandchildren

    by Kate Wicker

    Eileen Pankow, or Gaba as she is known to her five grandchildren (she’s known as Mom to me), has always been active. She started playing volleyball as a girl and kept up with the sport well into adulthood. Now she shares her love of volleyball … read more

  • Grandparenting isn't for sissies!

    by Thea Jarvis

    I started praying with my oldest grandchild when he was still in his crib. If I were lucky enough to tuck him in at night and still had the energy to complete a rational sentence, I’d take his soft, pudgy hands in my own and make the Sign of the… read more

  • Kids and their Grandparents

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    A very special bondReaders write in with grandparent-grandchild memoriesAdmiration. Inspiration. Adventure. The grandchild-grandparent relationship often brings all of these things into the lives of those who form this special bond. It is a bond that… read more

  • A very special bond

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    Mints bring back memoriesMy grandfather died when I was seven years old. Still, I remember how he would give us peppermints to eat when he took us for drives in his car. I’m now 65, but whenever we eat peppermints in the car, I think of my grandfather. I … read more

  • Grandkids say the darndest things

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    Heading home? I’m often at my parish to attend various events or rehearsals. Once, while accompanied by my granddaughter Ashlie, then 3, another parishioner asked me how much time I spent at the church. “This is my second home,” I … read more

  • I love being a grandmother...

    by Beth Powning

    Of course, as your stories show, a grandparent’s bond with a grandchild is one that needs no holiday or fanfare, but can be celebrated every day of the year.On the day that our daughter-in-law, Sara, was in labor with our first grandchild, I made… read more