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In today's world, grandparents are taking on important new roles. Here’s what you need to know about building strong relationships with your grandkids and supporting their healthy development.

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Many grandparents today are taking on bigger roles in their grandchildren’s lives. Maybe you’re shouldering some of the childcare responsibilities while both parents are working or to give a single mom or dad some relief. Perhaps you have needed to step in as the primary caretaker and are wondering about your rights and the possibility of support services. Or you may simply want to strengthen your relationship to make the most of your time as a grandparent.

Whatever your situation, there are practical and emotional issues to consider as you build your relationship with your grandkids.

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: No matter how much you love your grandchildren, taking them into your home requires major adjustments. Find tips for making the transition easier, navigating emotional challenges, and making your grandkids feel secure. MORE »

How to Be a Better Grandparent: Whether you’re a full-time grandparent, step-grandparent, or long distance grandparent, there are things you can do to strengthen the bond with your grandchildren and create joyful memories together. MORE »

Grandparents' Rights and Custody Options: When taking a grandchild in, there are many practical issues to consider, including legal and financial needs. Learn what assistance is available in the U.S. and how to get the help and support you need. MORE »

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