Ask Dr. Joannie: Questions

Heartbroken Over Grandchild’s Death

Question: Would you have any words to share with grandparents who lost a grandchild? They already have 2 young adult grandsons, but this was their younger child’s first child. One …

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Desiring One-On-One Time With Family

Question: My daughter and son-in-law have a very close relationship with his family. They are together every Saturday for our grandson’s baseball games, attend the same church, and often go …

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Overcoming Old Wounds to Connect with Grandchildren

Question: How can I encourage my husband when our daughter, who is a prodigal, has words with him that reopen old wounds? We don’t want to lose the connection with …

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Competing with Grandson’s Video Games

Question: My grandchild is not a reader (by choice) nor does he like to talk on the phone or FaceTime. The thing he gets his enjoyment from is his video …

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Transgender Tension with a Grandchild

Question: How do I maintain my faith witness while also keeping a relationship going with my transgender granddaughter? She is an adult now and has legally changed her name. My …

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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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Joannie DeBrito, PH.D., LCSW, LMFT, draws from over 30 years of experience as a family life educator, social worker, and licensed mental health professional to help Christian grandparents navigate tricky family dynamics.

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