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January 29, 2020

We live in Keswick, Ontario and our kids live in Toronto, 70 km away.

We get up at 5:45 am Friday mornings to make the 75 minute morning drive to arrive before 8:00.

We follow the schedule they set out for the kids. They are the parents. We are their support.

We make dinner for everyone and enjoy Friday night dinner before driving home.

It is a long tiring day filled with joy and play.

We enjoy it and the relationships.

It does take effort, but we find it works for us.

Our kids express their gratitude and we not only have good relationships with them, but good relationships with our grandson and a developing relationship with our baby granddaughter.

We are Bubby and Zaida, the Jewish equivalent of grandmother and grandfather.

To hear our names called out upon arrival is gold.

We sleep in Saturdays.


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I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship, divorce or separation issue or even help growing your practice. I am available in person and by video conferencing.

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, former parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice

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