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Program shows how to be a better grandparent

Family life educator teaches ways to enhance relationship

Published: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 6:58 a.m. CDT

Grandparents are often thought of as bringing gifts to their grandchildren, spoiling and indulging them. However, grandparents have more important gifts to offer – gifts that cost little or no money, but that build character and create fond memories.

Today’s fast paced lives challenge grandparents as they search for ways to show their special kind of love.

Because of longer life expectancies, families today have the potential for having long-term relationships with multiple generations. It is well worth taking the time to think creatively and find ways to enrich the lives of grandchildren.

A program through the University of Illinois Extension in Grundy program discusses the important roles of a grandparent and strategies to enhance the relationship between grandparents and the grandchild, as well as the parents.

Chelsey Byers, family life educator U of I Extension, will conduct the seminar from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the University of Illinois Grundy County Extension Office (Farm Bureau Building) 4004 N. Division Street in Morris.

Advance registration and $5 per person is needed by Friday, Nov. 2.

To register for this program, call U of I Extension in Grundy County at (815) 942-2725 or send your name and phone number via email to

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please indicate that when registering.

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