Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bowls Made Hard . . . Or the Easy Way . . . With Grandchildren of All Ages

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Our grandchildren love raw cookie dough.  It was so difficult when we first had the raw egg scare and then the uncooked flour scare.  See previous 2017 post, “Safely Making Homemade Cookie Dough and Adding It to Safe Homemade Ice Cream.”  That previous post included a recipe for homemade cookie … [Continue reading]

Becoming the Matriarch of a Holocaust Survivor Family in 2020, Seventy Five Years after the Holocaust

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It is not without irony that 2020 is ushered in with the death of the last living Holocaust survivor from our family. My Mother, GG (Great Grandmother) Frieda always used to say that “everyone has something.”  She said we each have that something, tsuris, Yiddish for troubles or woes or … [Continue reading]

When As A Grandparent, You Are Asked If You Love The First Grandchild the Best

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When the first grandchild is born, it is a life passage event for the parents, but it is also a life passage event for the grandparents.  The entire … [Continue reading]

The Three Best Tips on How to Introduce Our Grandchildren to Sesame Streets’ Breakthroughs, As Relevant Today As They Were Fifty Years Ago

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Sesame Street is 50 years old!  For us Boomer grandparents, that means that our children were the first to experience Sesame Street.  The concept was … [Continue reading]

New York Magazine’s Top Rated Family Board Games on Amazon Make Winners For This Holiday Season and Beyond

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When the holidays are coming, this Grandma is looking for alternatives to electronics for the grandchildren that they will be interested in enough to … [Continue reading]

How To Select the Best Award Winning Toys For All Ages For Holidays 2019

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Even our toddler grandchildren crave electronics.  Our youngest grandson, only nineteen months old, can manipulate the I Phone during Face Time and … [Continue reading]

Missing Thanksgiving Magic – Cookie Bars — and Significant Family Presence

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This Thanksgiving our youngest daughter, our son-in-law, and their three of our precious grandchildren did not make it to Florida. Our grandson, their … [Continue reading]

Matching Books and Organic Sleepwear For Sizes Two to Ten Make the Best Holiday Gift for 2019

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There are certain websites that I have signed up with, usually because they relate to something dealing with grandchildren.  Hatley is one of them.  … [Continue reading]

If You Have A Toddler Grandchild, Baby Shark Has Already Invaded Your Brain, and Will Add To Your Holiday Shopping List

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On our last visit to our youngest grandchild, a toddler, his eight year old brother was humming a tune we grandparents were not familiar with.  We … [Continue reading]

Fake Food Now Extends to Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese When the Real Thing is Grandchildren’s Favorite

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Grandpa and I just returned from Sicily and Malta, where farm to table is the norm.  The food was natural and fresh with no preservatives, not like … [Continue reading]

The Explosion Cake With A Special Surprise To Make For or With Grandchildren

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This Grandma makes reservations.  As a working mother, I rarely cooked and never baked.  My Mother, GG Frieda, was an outstanding cook and even more … [Continue reading]

Grandma’s Top Five Cleanliness in Public Tips For Grandchildren

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When our eldest was being toilet trained, she fixated on only using the home toilet.  We had to return home for her to go or, the good news and bad … [Continue reading]

If Allowances Are A Tool To Teach About Money, How Grandparents’ “Bank” Is Perfect

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The Harris Poll recently did a survey for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants about parents’ allowances for children, reported in … [Continue reading]

Five Best Tips To Maximize and Personalize Your Group Tour or Travel to Anywhere in the World

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PopPop and I consider ourselves world travelers. After all, we have conquered all the wonders of the world on every world list, except two in … [Continue reading]

Grandparents Also need a Handy List of Questions to Ask Grandchildren That Will Get Them To Share About Their Day

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We grandparents have Face Time. We grandparents have texting. We grandparents have old fashioned telephone contact. When we ask our … [Continue reading]

The “Game Of Life” Has Changed Drastically Even For Our Early Elementary Grandchildren With More Choices Than We Boomer Grandparents Ever Imagined

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The 50th Anniversary of “The Game Of Life” is considered the classic edition. The original game came out in 1960, when this Grandma was at the end of … [Continue reading]

Remembering My Father and the Meaningfulness of How Many Years Ago He Passed

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It is the tradition of our Jewish faith to remember the anniversary of the death of our loved ones by lighting a Yahrzeit memorial candle.* September … [Continue reading]

Convincing Adults to Get the HPV Vaccine For Themselves Is a Hard Sell When Maybe It Should Not Be In Certain Circumstances

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According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, … [Continue reading]

A Spiritual Leader’s Recollected Life Lesson to Share with Grandchildren

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The Catholic Priest gave this homily* at the funeral of a dear friend recently.  As he spoke, I recalled that I had heard this life lesson repeated … [Continue reading]

Our Granddaughter’s Twinning at Yad Vashem’s Special Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour And You Can Do it For Your Teen Too, In Your Home Town, Without Going to Jerusalem, Israel

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Holocaust Education is mandated in many states and children all over the United States are taught the horrors of targeting people just because of … [Continue reading]