What Role Grandparents Play In Your Child’s Life

April 15, 2013

Are your children close to their grandparents?

Do you sometimes rely on your in-laws or parents to look after the kids? If so, does this put a strain on your relationship with them when you disagree with how they are raising your child?

What exactly do grandparents do? Are they the default babysitters or are they much more than that?

In this week’s show, host Chiao Kee Lim speaks to a medical doctor of over 30 years who co-wrote the book The Grandparents’ Handbook, Dr. Trevor Campbell on all things grandparents-related.

Listen in as they discuss:
• What role grandparents play in the family and why it is important;
• Whether the societal norm that grandparents are meant to spoil the grandchildren is helpful to the family;
• What parents should do if the grandparents have problems like addiction or anger issues that may be harmful to the grandchildren;
• What to do if you have a strained relationship with your parents that may affect your children’s relationship with their grandparents;
• Whether technological advances have created a relationship gap between grandparents and grandchildren, and how that can be addressed;
• Getting grandparents to help caring with your child: where to draw the line between parenting and grandparenting.

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About The Guest

Dr. Trevor Campbell grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where he attended medical school. He subsequently emigrated to Canada where he now lives. Dr. Campbell has been a physician for over thirty years. A good deal of his medical career has been spent doing counselling for depression, dysthymia, anxiety and chronic pain, where majority of the issues relate to interpersonal relationships and communication problems between individuals.

Dr. Campbell uses cognitive behavioural therapy and supportive counselling together with narrative methods, relying heavily on scenarios from literature/movies, which most find insightful and compelling. The narrative/metaphorical approach appears to fast track insights in patients of all educational groups and backgrounds. He is co-author of the book The Grandparents’ Handbook, which is available on Amazon.com here:




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