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Grandfatherhood: Second Chances Really Do Exist

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m in my early 70s now and just retired. I put in long hours and did a lot of travel when I was working, so I wasn’t around for my son and daughter as much as I wish I could have been. But now that I’m a grandfather, I don’t want to miss an opportunity to build strong relationships with my grandkids. The problem is, I don’t know how. Where do I start?

A: With today’s fathers taking on a much more active role in their kids’ lives, you may be part of the last generation that has to ask this excellent (and kind of sad) question. There’s no going back, of course, but building close relationships with your grandchildren is the next best thing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to do that.

  • Keep in touch. Call, email, Skype, text, write, and, if the kids are old enough, follow each other on social media (if you don’t know how, chances are they’ll be able to get you set up).


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Armin Brott

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Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.
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