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16 Ways to be a Good Grandmother

A Tribute to Grandmothers

Grandmothers, without whom my life would have been greatly impoverished!

We all have grandmother figures whom we look up to, and at some point we all wonder what to do to be a good grandmother. What can we learn from these ladies’ examples that will give us greater impact with our own children, grandchildren and other young people in our spheres of influence?

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My maternal grandmother spoiled us. Not rotten, but we definitely knew we were special. While at home we only ever got blah (i.e. good for you) cereals, Grandma always had our favorites on hand when we arrived for our summer visit, and we were allowed to choose whichever one we wanted on the next shopping trip! Her big four poster bed was a special place reserved for reading while snuggled in luxury! From

From her, I learned that a good grandmother:

  • makes others feel special without spoiling them
  • makes time to read and snuggle
  • shows more love than frustration


My paternal Grandma’s impact on my life extends beyond the culinary and sewing arts, in that, while teaching me those things, she also patiently taught me how to feed and dress the soul. We knew our grandparents had a date with the Lord each morning over breakfast, and often we arrived at their door just in time to hear the final Bible reading and listen to them pray through the list of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Grandma taught me that the best grandmother:

  • is joyful in serving her family and is a gracious hostess
  • is meticulous in her responsibilities (Yes, there is a right way to tuck in bedsheets!)
  • delights in simple pleasures and sees God’s object lessons in everyday living
  • actively keeps her mind”stayed on Him”
  • prays for her family regularly

I know that “blood is thicker than water”, but I also know that there may be some reading this who may not be biological mothers, and may feel like you don’t have an influence. You couldn’t be more wrong! Every woman can positively influence those God puts in your path, even if they aren’t any “blood relation”. You may never know the full impact of your example, influence, and love.

Keep reading to see how my non-blood-relative Grandma’s had an impact on my life.




  1. says

    I think it is amazing that you blog also about grandparents. They were and have become such an important part the life of grandchildren. Especially grandparents who regularly look after their grandkids because both parents work.

  2. says

    Great post and words to live by in whatever we do in life. It’s the example we set for your children and grand children. But it’s also good to keep in mind that it’s not the ‘stuff’ we give our children that they remember, it’s the time we spent with them that they remember most.

    Elizabeth 🙂

  3. says

    I love this! I have a very strained relationship with one of my grandmothers and have made a vow that someday when I am one to never act like that. Beautiful words! Thank you for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays.

    • Katie Hornor says

      Jenny, I’m so glad you found inspiration here. Sometimes it is hard to be different when you have not had an example, but with God’s help, I know you’ll be an awesome Grandma!

  4. says

    There are a lot of life lessons we can learn from grandmothers. Any kind of grandmother should have given great lessons to anyone since the older a person is, the more life experience someone have had. Thank you very much for sharing this great post. Everyone will need it one day.

  5. Linda says

    my paternal grandparents took on 4 grandchildren from 2 states for at least one month every summer. When I became a mother it was very important for my children to have a relationship with my grandparents. When I exam a grandmother I had a wonderful model. We worked and couldn’t take the grandchildren for a month but we had Grandparents week for 10 years. those memories are the best. Nothing is more important than the time I’ve spent with my grandchildren!

  6. says

    What a great resource! I’m so glad I found it and can’t wait to share. You really captured the heart of the topic – especially when it comes to traveling with grandkids.

  7. says

    I love this. I can only hope that I will be a good grandmother. One thing is for sure; they will know about Christ’s love for them, and they will know how much grandma and grandpa love them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. says

    As one who is not a natural grandmother but a spiritual one, I love that you covered that aspect! So important to remember that all of us, whether natural parents or not can have a profound influence on those we come in contact with. Thanks Katie!!

    • Katie Hornor says

      Yes, Betsi, you can have a tremendous influence on other’s kids and grandkids and your own spiritual kids. There is always someone we can touch for Christ. Thank you for your comment.

  9. Donna says

    This is great! I love the fact that I can be a good grandmother and mother at the same time! While my focus is on my brand new granddaughter and making her feel as special as possible, I can also give my daughter and her husband some valuable couples time. As I have matured I truly appreciate my couples time (33 years strong) and I want to provide that to my daughter too! I learned this from my very loving and caring mom! Thanks for sharing this write up.

    • Katie Hornor says

      Donna, thanks so much for commenting and for looking out for your daughter. We don’t have any family close by to watch kids occasionally, so I know from not having it what a blessing that is.

  10. Thelma MKinney says

    I never had a good Grandmother and as a Grandmother now I am learning from God what is means. Thank you for your page..It has given me confidence that though not perfect I am on the right path.

  11. says

    I was pretty pleased to find this site. I want to to thank
    you for your time for this wonderful read!!

    I definitely appreciated evdry part of it and i also have you book marked to see
    new things in your blog.

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