Through the many years that I’ve been listening to grandparents share their hopes and dreams, their regrets and fears, the word “legacy” is one that comes up over and over. It’s a word that carries much weight and many meanings. Most of us, of course, are concerned about our legacy in its most tangible manifestation: a financial bequest or endowment. Regardless of our financial bracket, we hope to maximize whatever we may be able to pass down to our heirs.
The Grandest Love bespeaks an investment in grandchildren’s lives that goes beyond money. We hope that, in some way, the deepest principles that have guided our own lives, will be carried forth by them as they forge their unique paths into the future.
I’m going to give you some ideas on how you can “bequeath” both values and valuables while you’re still around to enjoy it. Learn how to work with your grandchildren and their parents (aka your adult children) to institute Family Meetings. Discuss your Family Values. Introduce The Four Jars. Devise your own family’s “Living Legacy Foundation.”