Grandma’s List of Five Best and Five Worst New Baby Gifts

After six grandchildren and many baby gifts, this Grandma has listened to her daughters rave and complain about baby gifts.  Of course, when we give a baby gift, we want the recipient to be happy, if not overjoyed.  Here are some do’s and don’ts from this experienced Grandma: Best New Baby … [Continue reading]

Emily in Paris is the 2021 Best Bad TV to Watch and Maybe Share With Grandchildren

I receive Netflix and HBO Max suggestions from friends on a daily basis during this pandemic. We grandparents are one generation older than our children, the parents of our grandchildren, compulsed on podcasts and reality shows. Our grandchildren are compulsed on Tik Tok, Instagram and You Tube. Our … [Continue reading]

Memorializing Family Rituals and Traditions in the New Year 2021

When I wrote previous New Year’s blog posts I thought those transitions were difficult. See blog post, Memorializing Family Rituals and Traditions in … [Continue reading]

School Mask Breaks And Other 2020 COVID-19 Experiences Our Grandchildren Should Preserve For Their Children and Grandchildren, Sample Questions for Videotaping Them and How To Do It

During the COVID-19 coronavirus lock down period in March and April, 2020, I interviewed our older grandchildren, two aged 13 and one aged 16. We … [Continue reading]

Great Grandmother’s Famous Butter Cookies and the Best 2020 Homemade Christmas, Chanukah, and Specialty Disney and U.S. States Cookies For Games To Play and Times to Share, With the Best Ways to Mail Cookies To Grandchildren

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GG (Great Grandmother) Frieda, my mother, was a great cook and an even greater baker.  Our home was overflowing with food and sweets as our parents … [Continue reading]

Having The Best Selection of 2020 Holiday Gifts in One Article For Anyone in the World is the Best Resource for 2021 Gifts, Especially For Grandchildren

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This Grandma, for this blog, keeps folders of different topics on my Ipad. Whenever I read something I want to keep, I put it in a folder.  I recently … [Continue reading]

The Best of the Best 2020 Christmas and Chanukah Gifts for Everyone and Especially Grandchildren in This Far From the Best Year for Celebration

Thanksgiving 2020 took a toll.  Not only could this Grandma not cook small enough for two, nothing tasted as good as when the entire family is … [Continue reading]

Our Holocaust Family History, Part II. My Mother, Holocaust Survivor

My mother, born Feiga (“little bird” or Zipora in Hebrew) Jelen, for whom our granddaughter is named), rarely spoke of the Holocaust. When her first … [Continue reading]

Our Holocaust Family History, Part I. My Father, Survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Treblinka Concentration Camp Uprising

Our granddaughter, in eighth grade, is studying the Holocaust.  We took her to Israel for her Bat Mitzvah where our Yad Vashem Museum guide, Mindy … [Continue reading]

We Americans Who Are All Immigrants to Our Country Created the Fabric Of Our Society, Wear or Carry or Wave the Red, White, and Blue, So How Can we Show Our Loyalty To America?

The presidential election vote is in and shows that we are clearly divided as a nation.  President-Elect Biden’s priority is for our country to take … [Continue reading]

The Difference in American Life due to COVID-19 Between March and April 2020 and November 2020: Pandemic Loss of Memories and Sharing Life Passage Events Brings Tears

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When the pandemic lockdown occurred March, 2020, I videotaped the three oldest grandchildren for them to save and look at their videos in ten years … [Continue reading]

Board Games Are Selling Out in the Pandemic So Buy Early to Get The Best For Everyone in the Family for The Holidays, Especially a Board Game Called “Pandemic”

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Now that we all are spending more time at home, the news today included that we may have another run on toilet paper as the coronavirus soars (so … [Continue reading]

Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and This Florida Judge’s Immigrant Life Following Her A Decade Later. Parallels Demonstrate Six Keys To Success For Grandchildren and How To Honor Her Legacy

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant among us and her loss has been felt nationwide.  The following two quotes I received from … [Continue reading]

The 2019 Most Popular Baby Names Have Few Surprises But the Biggest Surprise is How The Impact Of Current Affairs and The Coronavirus Have Overshadowed the Announcement

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This Grandma loves seeing the Social Security Administration’s listing of the most popular baby names of the year.  If you put the term “baby names” … [Continue reading]

Halloween Celebration and Decorating in the Age of COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Everything seems different and chaotic in this COVID-19 coronavirus time in our lives.  Each year this Grandma buys Halloween costumes for the … [Continue reading]

Taking A Virtual Zoom Baby Shower to the Next Level With the Best Four Tips

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Yesterday, I participated in a Zoom baby shower given by one of my long (we never say old) dear friends for her son and daughter-in-law.  Yes, in … [Continue reading]

Finding COVID-19 Testing For Adults By Mail is Easy But How Can Parents Find COVID-19 Testing by Mail for Children, Locations That Test Children for COVID-19, Prepare Children for the Test, and Help Children Cope With the COVID-19 Test

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Travel is scary now enough for adults.  I have several friends who have flown and send me pictures of themselves on the airplane.  It was anxiety … [Continue reading]

The Best Idea For Maintaining Close Contact With Grandchildren During Covid-19 Comes From An Unexpected Source

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PopPop, and I, as long distance grandparents, made it our business to visit our grandchildren often when they were younger, about every four to six … [Continue reading]

PART TWO of Learning Tips to Pass On and Incorporate With Your Grandchildren During Remote or Part Time Learning and Any Time

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At this time of remote or part time learning, we are all concerned about how much our grandchildren are going to retain.  I hope the two blog posts on … [Continue reading]

PART ONE of Learning Tips to Pass Along and Incorporate With Your Grandchildren During Remote On Line or Part Time Learning and Any Time

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At this time of remote or part time learning, we are all concerned about how much our grandchildren are going to retain.  I hope the two blog posts on … [Continue reading]