Writers: Diane Vivian

Diane Vivian

Diane Vivian is the founding member and chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ. When in 1997, Diane Vivian took over the care of her small, traumatised grandchildren, she could not believe the stress she encountered.
Setting about to discover what help or support was available in 1999, she found there was none! The organisation formed to meet this need salutes all Grandparents/kin who have taken in Grand/kin children and put the needs of those precious ones before their own.

Happiness cannot be measured by one simple, single moment

Happiness cannot be measured by one simple, single moment. It comes in many forms. A look, smile, smell, feeling, thought, word or just simply, life.

Happiness cannot be measured by one simple, single moment. It comes in many forms. A look, smile, smell, feeling, thought, word or just simply, life. Continue reading »

New beginnings: The cupboard of dreams

new beginnings

The cupboard of dreams.

High on the top shelf in the linen cupboard are new beginnings for the three children and the two grandchildren we raised – school books to be precise. Started some 40 years ago. Continue reading »

Different ways of learning in life

Learning in life

Having recently celebrated (or not) my 66th birthday, I have had time to reflect on my journey. On many stages of this journey I frequently thought I knew it all, only to be proved over and over again there is so much more to learn and I am very sure more to come yet. And it is OK to change your mind. I guess we keep on learning until we die, even the passage to our death has many learning curves also of a different thoughts or experiences. So from our first breath until our last, our journey begins, constantly learning, constantly changing. Continue reading »

Changing dreams

changing dreams

After 30 years of marriage raising three of our own children and taking in two foster children with all its ups and downs, our nest was finally empty.

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The value of grandparents

The value of grandparents

As a young mother way back in 1969 I simply could not have done without my mum to help me in so many ways. From a baby that would not settle or to teaching me to survive on a budget, she was there. Continue reading »

Challenges for grandparents raising grandchildren

grandparents raising gradnchildren

Grandparents or kin who find themselves in a position of having to raise children at a later stage in life face many challenges: Continue reading »

Growing a family I had never met

growing families

The Napier Grandparents raising Grandchildren group invited me to attend the Christmas lunch with members of this support group. A flight from Auckland down to Napier was upon one of those little planes, I felt quite chuffed as my allocated seat was 1c and no one was sitting next to me. Continue reading »

Top tips for grandparents raising grandchildren

grandparents raising grandchildren

Often grandparents find themselves unexpectedly placed in a position where they are needed to raise their grandchildren. This is a life changing situation for all involved and can leave one floundering as to where to start, stress and family dynamics add to this mix. Uncertainty, where to begin, not to mention the legal requirements, schooling and the necessities of life. Continue reading »

Crepe Paper decorations: Christmases past

christmas decorations

As a child growing up we just simply could not wait for the day when we got home from school to find our Mother had put up the hand-made decorations in the kitchen. Bright colourful ribbons of crepe paper danced across the kitchen ceiling. Continue reading »

Things that make you go umm…

Things that make me go umm...

Having been married for 47 years there has always been one thing that has made me go umm… Continue reading »

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