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Grandparent's rights: Families bond over the holidays

The holidays should be a time of love and joy, especially between family members. Not all families are able to get along, however, and sometimes grandparents are shut out. In some circumstances, there may be legal options that deal with grandparents' rights.

Most families enjoy spending time together during the holidays, and Christmas is a holiday that children tend to remember well for years to come. Spending time together as a family is an important part of the holidays, according to two counselors from Rio Grande Valley. Children need to spend time with members of the family, and they should be able to relax and enjoy the activities as well. It's important for children to get this kind of interaction, especially since it can help them meet their emotional needs to feel respected, loved, and secure.

It's not difficult to find activities that aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents can do with children in order to strengthen their relationships. Playing board games, cooking together, taking a walk, and eating together are just some of the activities that will help fulfill a child's needs. According to the article, children need to talk and have a sense of togetherness with family. This will help discourage them from engaging in activities that could lead to problems later in life.

Understanding the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren is important to both adults and children. Third-party visitation for grandparents and the best interests of the child can be discussed with a court in some cases, and it's important for those involved in such proceedings to look at their legal options.

Source: The Brownsville Herald, "Families can bond during holiday break," Dave Ralph, Dec. 25, 2012

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