For so long, I was co-parenting with my daughter, merging the roles of grandmother and mother. Being so intimately involved in the raising of my grandchildren and now having them so far away and beyond my daily influence, I feel disconnected and am unable to help as I did for do many years. Haven’t quite gotten the hang of being a long-distance grandparent.

Congratulations on your soon to arrive grandchild! I hope you are physically close and can be involved on a regular basis.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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