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Discussion Group - Grandparenting in the 21st Century

Grandparenting can be life’s greatest joy, but like parenting, does not come with a handbook. Together we can explore topics such as grandparenting at a distance, relating to the developmental ages of grandchildren, developing lasting memories, play, travel, caregiving, appropriate gifting, altered relationships with our own children, conveying values, and leaving a legacy.

Instructor Bio:

Facilitator: Yates Nobles received a BA in Philosophy from Hollins University, an M.Ed from Cleveland State University, and the AMI certification from Washington Montessori Institute. She founded, directed, and taught at the (first) Montessori School in Charlottesville as well as the Montessori Center for Children in Lexington, VA. From her observation and work with children, extensive coaching of parents and staff, and as a grandmother to three, Yates is passionate about the importance of grandparenting for the children of today and the legacy that effective grand parenting can bring.

Required Reading:

Participants are asked to have available a recent photo of each of their children and grandchildren at each session. Participants should arrive with the beginnings of a grandparent’s journal that covers his/her perspective on the topics listed below. Journals will then provide a place for note-taking/idea appropriation and self-reflection.
Journal topics for week 1:
    • Summary of your relationship with each of your children and how the grandparenting relationship has affected these relationships
    • Describe relationships with each grandchild, including geographical restraints
    • Describe any active grandparenting care you provide, citing impediments to grandparenting and problematic areas of grandparenting  
    • Questions for class discussion  

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
E15 Yates Nobles July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 Mo 2:30-4:00 pm OLLI Conference Room A

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