Making the Transition into Great-Grandparenthood


How can grandparents pour into the spiritual life of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren? Dr. Donald Joy shared with us his wisdom on early childhood development and how grandparents and great-grandparents can help children grow in love and in the Lord. In this video, he talks about transitioning into the role of great-grandparent.


At 83, Dr. Joy says his vocation is to continue his pilgrimage of obedience to Jesus, celebrating each day as a gift. He enjoys coaching and learning from his great grandchildren. He celebrates interactions by e-mail [] and responds to friends and strangers, reconciling human experience with the Word of God. He is curious about an expanding frontier of "meaning making," consistent with the light of Creation and the suffering, death, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. He loves listening, asking questions, and celebration and thanksgiving prayer, especially through poetry and hymns and scripture song texts.


  1. Bless you, Dr Joy! I love the observation that eye contact is crucial to the development of young children. A warning to us in our screen-centered age.