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Nearly 600 grandparent and other relative caregivers nationwide gathered today on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol at the Fourth National GrandRally to make their voices heard and raise support for grandfamilies - and they sure succeeded in doing so.
Soapbox alert. I’m neither a parent nor a grandparent. But I have parents and had grandparents, so for the sake of this blog post, that makes me an expert. Now, every few years child advocacy and grandparenting organizations gather on the west front of the U.S. Capitol to remind members of Congress that, well, to put it bluntly, they’re failing to adequately protect and help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
I often meet elders who really blow me away with the things they do – their dedication to causes, their countenance and attitude and their hard-earned wisdom. I use the term “elders” because I believe it does not imply any specific age – it simply refers to people who are “older than you” who are valued for their influence and personal accomplishments in their families, communities and in society in general. It signifies respect for those who’ve forged the path ahead of us. In this …