Sherry Surratt, Executive Director of Family Strategy at Orange, talks about how grandparents have a great opportunity to influence the lives of the next generation through their grandchildren in today’s episode.

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  • Grandparents, try to be more mindful and open to new ways of parenting.
  • Let grandparents in through glimpses into your life through social media and simply talking to them.
  • Remember the bigness of what you do.



Grandparents have a unique opportunity previous generations never had: They have the chance to have greater influence in the lives of their grandchildren. These days, many grandparents spend more time with their grandkids than their grandparents did with them growing up, giving them more chances to engage this new generation in a meaningful way.

How grandparents can widen the circle of influence

Parenting is hard, but sharing with grandparents the burdens and joys of raising children can be beneficial to the whole family. Grandparents can speak life into their grandkids, showing them life doesn’t get boring and there are adventures to be had even as you grow older.

Grandparents can also leverage their role to be a sense of support for their children. While differing views on parenting can cause some tension in the parent-child relationship, this shift in roles allows grandparents to become a source of wisdom and calmness during the struggles of parenthood.


Sherry Surratt


Sherry is the Executive Director of Parent Strategy for Orange. She is the author of several books including Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears, and Just Lead! A No Whining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church. A shoe freak and coffee lover, Sherry resides in Denver, Co with her husband Geoff who is Pastor of Church Planting at Southeast Christian. She has two grown children and three exceptionally brilliant grandkids.

Kristen Ivy - Parent Cue Live Host


Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, Director of The Phase Project, and co-author of Playing For Keeps and It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It. She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children, Sawyer,  Hensley, and Raleigh, in Cumming, GA.

Carlos Whittaker, Parent Cue Live Host


Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45.

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