Not Allowed to See My Grandchildren

Question:

What can I do since one of my daughters will no longer allow me to see my grandchildren?

Response:

I am so sorry to hear that you are experiencing this loss in your life. We usually have no way of knowing why a child chooses to not allow his or her parents to see grandchildren. It is often devastating for grandchildren and for their grandparents.

If one of your other children has a good relationship with their sister and your grandchildren, maybe they would be willing to encourage her to allow your grandchildren to spend some time with you.

While you are not able to see them, I encourage you to pray for other Christian adults to be available to disciple and mentor your grandchildren. Pray also that God would soften your daughter’s heart so she will allow her children to connect with you.

Finally, during that time, you can write letters and put together photo albums or other items for your grandchildren to tell them how much you love them, even though you won’t be able to send them at this time. Often, as grandchildren grow older and reach the age of young adulthood, they will make the decision to re-engage with their grandparents. If that occurs for you in the future, you can then present your grandchildren with the letters and items you put together while you were not together.

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