Ask Dr. Joannie: Questions

Grandchild Spending Time with Non-Christian Grandparents

Question: I did not grow up in a Christian home and became a Christian soon after getting married. My parents have been vocal about their disapproval of my husband and …

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Giving Unsolicited Advice as a Grandparent

Question: I’m off to a rocky start with my son and his wife after an early birth of their daughter (37 weeks and first grandchild). I mentioned that the baby …

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Grandchild Says “Don’t Embarrass Me!”

Question: My grandson is 10. He used to love spending the night with my husband and I, and he would beg to stay longer. However, this weekend I told him …

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Teaching Self-Defense to Preschool Grandson

Question: My firstborn grandson is 3 1/2 years old. It seems it’s in the nature of most males to be wired for confrontation and “combat.” I’d like to teach my …

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Lack of Motivation in Adult Grandson

Question: My grandson graduated from college in 2020 and has been unable to find work. To me, it looks like he has just given up and doesn’t seem to be …

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Jealousy Between Grandparents-In-Law

Question: We have a situation in our family where the other set of grandparents is jealous of us. They live nearby our son and his family whereas we live 4 …

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Helping Grandchildren With the Loss of a Parent

Question: My daughter-in-law recently died of cancer and my husband and I are providing before and after school childcare for our 4 grandchildren. All of them are grieving the loss …

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Classmates’ Suicides Affecting Grandchild

Question: At my grandson’s high school, three of his classmates committed suicide this year. He is confused and upset and when he comes over to help me with yard work …

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Discussing Poor Behavior of Grandchild With Parents

Question: What is the best way to address some poor behavior I’ve seen in my grandchildren, with my daughter and son-in-law? Response: It is best to mention what you have …

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Connecting with Pre-Teen and Teen Grandkids

Question: I was very close with my three granddaughters until each one of them reached about 11 years of age. At that point, I noticed that they didn’t seem to …

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