Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
I also will support via Skype.
There is no membership fee to be part of Bristol Grandparents Support Group.
Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

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Sunday 30 March 2014

Mothering Sunday, just another day?

There will be thousands of Mums and Grandmothers waking up this morning being given posies of flowers from their children, being brought soggy Corn Flakes and burnt toast, for some a very special day.
A day for spending precious time with your family, and for Mums/Grandmothers to sit back and remember.
Remember how is was carrying those little bundles of joy for 9 months, remembering the overwhelming love for the new baby and the years that followed.
The trials and tribulations of family life.
Of course there are also many thousands who will just want this day to be over as quickly as possible.
Mums and Grandmothers who for a variety of reasons won't be recieving flowers or breakfast in bed, they are the Mums aching to hold their children, not just today but everyday. They are the same Mums who carried their children but for now there is a huge void in their hearts.
Grandmothers who were Mums first, will be wondering where it all went so badly wrong, why do their children want to put them through this agony, will this be the last Mothers' Day that they have to face this emptiness.
If I have one wish that could be granted, it would be for everyone who is either causing this pain or those who are on the receiving end to put the past behind them. There may have been hurt and misunderstood words but can it not be put behind them, for the sake of the children. All of these children were carried by Mums and Grandmothers, they are part of one another, just removing them physically will never remove them from the spirit and soul of us all.
Not only is it Mothering Sunday but it is also the beginning of Summertime, a time for new beginnings, new life and a time to look deep into ourselves and to put the children first.


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