Info for grandparents
Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, so when the child’s parents separate or divorce, it can have a profound effect on grandparents too.
It’s usually a positive thing if grandparents can stay in touch with their grandchildren, and family mediation can play a part in ensuring this happens.
Children benefit from reassurance in times of change and they need to know:
- It is not their fault
- They are loved, and
- They have someone to talk with about their feelings.
Children may feel they are to blame for adult disagreements and a grandparent can play a vital role in helping the children understand the changes they are experiencing are not their fault.
It is important to remember they may feel conflicting loyalties – listening without criticising either parent will help them to continue to talk about their feelings.
How family mediation can help
Grandparents have no automatic right to be part of their grandchild’s life, but family mediation can help reduce conflict between family members after separation or divorce. It’s often the best way to resume contact and secure the relationships you’ve worked hard to build up with your grandchildren.