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As a grandparent, you love nothing more than being with your grandchildren. Any excuse to spend time with the grandkids is a good one, especially if that involves taking a lead role in your grandchild’s education. And throughout the COVID-19 pandemic (and even prior), grandparents have stepped up to help mold their grandchildren’s future.
Though schools are now open for in-person instruction, many parents remain apprehensive about sending their kids for reasons that include outrage over vaccine and mask mandates, outrage over the lack of vaccine and mask mandates, COVID learning loss (public school students lost between 4 and 11 months of learning), the stressful back-and-forth of hybrid learning, and the subpar quality of remote education that students experienced over the past 18 months.
Combine all of this with the fact that so many families consist of two working parents, and you see more parents looking to their own parents to help teach the kids — and grandparents, not surprisingly, are coming through in a big way!
If you’re not teaching your grandchildren at the moment, you might be soon! But don’t worry — you don’t need to have a teaching certificate. You just need to love your grandchild and simply be the source of wisdom and inspiration that you already are.
My own mom added a level of wisdom, creativity, and insight into the kids that my husband and I didn't have. She saw things in them we didn't see. And my mom challenged me to embrace my strong-willed child and not squash those qualities in her. In fact, she did things with her grandchild to nurture those qualities.
If you do find yourself promoted to head professor at your grandchild’s homeschool, take a deep breath and remember: You can do this!
More and more grandparents are taking an active, leading role in their grandchild’s education, whether that involves actual instruction, being there for support, or simply keeping an eye on the student to ensure he or she is doing their schoolwork. If you find yourself in that position, embrace it! It’s a wonderful situation for both you and your grandchild that offers more time spent together and the opportunity for them to connect with you as a knowledgeable source of help and wisdom.
For an expanded version of this article, including 5 expert homeschool tips to encourage you and get you started with more helpful information to use during this exciting new homeschooling journey in your life, read Bridgeway Academy’s blog article at