Mary Robinson, the former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, offered a tip for grandparents in remarks last week in Minneapolis.
Responding to a question as to how she first became interested in human rights, she credited her grandfather. When she was only 10 to 12 years old, she said she loved going to his law office. There she saw his library of law books and heard him talk about the law, his cases and how law could be used to address human problems. She concluded at her young age that she would become a lawyer who would use law to address human problems.
Robinson also remarked that her grandfather did not know how to talk to children. I disagree. Her own testimony proves that her grandfather knew exactly how to talk with his grand-daughter. It is a powerful tip to a grandparent like me. Do not underestimate the talents of your grandchildren. Talk with them about serious subjects in an adult manner.