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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Thursday 5 April 2012

Is there such a thing as a perfect grandparent?

How do you see the role as grandparent?
I my opinion parents and their decisions must come first, it is not up to us to interfere, after all we learnt by our mistakes when bringing our children up, our children have to do the same.
Be there to give support if and when you are asked to.
As you know I have just become a grandparent again and the love I feel for the little ones is immeasurable, it is the same feeling that I had when our granddaughter was born, it is totally different from the feelings I had when my children were born.
It is difficult to put it into words.
For those of us who have experienced the loss of our grandchildren due to denied contact will understand how hard it is, not knowing if they are ok,safe or happy, that feeling has not gone away just because of the little ones. If anything it is even stronger.
So I must learn lessons from the past and make sure that I am there for my children and grandchildren when they want me to be.
Let me know what you think about the grandparents role.

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