One Way To Deal With Disappointment
People disappoint us all the time, but when it's a grandchild who causes that disappointment, the pain burns deep.
So what does a grandparent do to self protect?
Release expectations. We set ourselves up for disappointment when we start expecting things from others. When they fail to do what we think they should we are let down.
A part of expectation is the trust that others will keep agreements. There's only one way of keeping agreements that you make: do what you say you're going to do, do it right and do it on time. It's integrity of not only self but both parties, I.E. not only keep the agreement but enforce by "expecting" others to do so. Bottom line, all we have is our word, so don't make agreements with people who don't keep them. Including a grandchild.