In 2010 Pew Research Center released a social and demographical report entitled “More Children Raised By Grandparents.” One child in ten lives with and are being raised by a grandparent and the grandparent is the primary caregiver. Since the Great Recession this has slowly risen among whites, blacks, and Hispanics.
The importance of the family, which includes grandparents, uncles, aunts, godparents, and other adult faith mentors, as well as parents, is crucial in faith formation.
The Pew Research Center is included here for leadership of the congregation to download and study. Also included to download and use are four assessments to see how grandparents are doing in Four Key Faith Practices: Caring Conversations, Devotions, Service, and Rituals and Traditions.
In 2009 Group Publishing published Grand Days, which is filled with ideas for faith sharing moments. There are many good resources to assist grandparents in sharing faith. The FaithTalk With Children cards are excellent and available on this website.
For the following four assessments, circle the answer that is most appropriate. On each separate assessment, total the number that you have circled. If your total is less than 15, keep doing what you are doing with your grandchild. It is important. If your total is 15-20, note what things you could do to improve. If your total is more than 20, this if one of the key faith practices that you need to find ways to practice more.