Grandparenting: The Joys & Struggles

Every family is unique and has their own dynamics. In our newest Parenting Hot Topics class offering we will discuss expectations for how to best serve your family.

How do you approach a conversation with your adult children that you want to have with them and they want to have with you?

• Are they the boss and you follow or is there a way for a more complex conversation?

• What are the things you want to fight for and what might be a losing battle that you have to surrender to? Still, you want a way to respectfully, honestly, communicate with them even if you don’t get what you want.

• Managing expectations includes coming to terms with new ones that come up and noticing that old ones get better. What works one day may not work the next.

• What is your growing edge in life? How do you fire up the energy to do something you never have? What will add heart and meaning for you at this stage of your life?

This class will include presentations, role-modeling effective communication, group discussion, writing prompts, Natalie’s photos for your personal intuition and Q and A.
You will leave with a better understanding of your role in your family, communication strategies, and possibilities for your personal fulfillment.

Before class, make a list of where you walk on eggshells, what communication hasn’t worked and has worked, what leaves you feeling unsettled as a grandparent? You do not have to share this. It is a preparation for the class but not necessary.

Families go through cycles. In the past, they were dependent now they are more self-sufficient.


Natalie Caine, M.A., is a Speech Therapist, created Empty Nest Support Services to offer support to empty nest families when there was none, and she was becoming an empty nester. Today she is over the moon being “NAN" grandmother to twin girls. Natalie grew her work into LIFE IN TRANSITION because her entire life she has been helping others going from expected and unexpected changes, leaving what they knew and not yet knowing their new role.
Her work offers 1:1, speaking engagements, support groups, mentoring, workshops at top resorts for a repeated week at The Golden Door, Rancho La Puerta, Cal-A-Vie, etc. as well as corporate settings and individual homes. She teaches online courses for Omega Institute and is a delegate for the Global Wellness Summit, meeting this year in Tel Aviv.
She has been featured in Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Maria Shriver Architects of Change, etc., as well as TV and radio. She participated in a yearlong program, Vulnerable Leadership/Communication with the poet David Whyte.
From an early age, Natalie has lived a long list of changes. Just ask her and she is happy to share. Her humor and wisdom sit well in any room. PS. She is a coffee lover, no cream, no sugar, one cup a day and photographs early morning beauty and those unexpected moments that catch her eye.