I just wanted to start a thread for those of us with difficult grandparenting situations. One to share less complicated relationships with our other grandchildren, not to exclude anyone who isn't as fortunate, but to help all of us to feel better about ourselves.
My oldest daughter has just the one child, now an adult. He suffered with extreme anxiety when first at university and we were all very worried about him for a long period. He persevered despite his mental health difficulties, and graduated with a great degree. Now he is working at a high level in the civil service, in Westminster.
I didn't need to do more than be a Granny who offered only occasional care when he was a child. But at times during his mental health struggles, he ended up staying with me, for complex reasons.
His bond with his Mum is deep and secure, but he does have a secure bond with me too. I offered for him to stop calling me Granny if he felt it a bit babyish, but he chose to carry on doing so.
Have other grandparents here got some positive stories to tell? It's good to share things worth celebrating, as well as supporting each other with more difficult situations I think?
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