Welcome to the September newsletter. Between newsletters New Zealand went back into lock down again, masks have become mandatory and a new social norms have emerged. Like most folk we haven't been anywhere for ages and had to cancel a weekend with friends who live only an hour away. Anyway, we are trying again next month and let's hope the world will allow this to happen. Right now I am crafting the text of 'Being a distance grandparent' — a slow, but worthwhile task. Here are some snippets from August.
An article with impact: 'With borders closed our lifelines to family overseas have been cut.'
If you haven't seen this, Daisy Dumas is spot on.
My key reason for writing three books about the three generations of distance familying is to offer us all a chance to read and understand ‘how it is’ for the ‘other’.
Bridget Romanes, a NZ relocation expert, once said ‘Empathy costs nothing, but gives a lot.’
In this COVID time, it is very easy to assume we understand how other generations feel and think, as we each navigate the new playing field of distance familying.
Ageist attitudes and ageism can easily appear in both directions. This article provides food for thought about intergenerational interaction.
Distance families, Covid-19 and Ambiguous Loss
Penning some thoughts from my research.
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