Is For Profit “Day Care” in Boomer Grandparents’ Future And For Whose Benefit

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This Grandma thinks about today and being “young old.”  As GG (great-grandmother) at almost age 93 lives alone and is self sufficient, this is what this Grandma views as the future.  GG has her bridge group, and loves to gamble.  Grandpa and I have other interests, but the same interest in living at … [Continue reading]

Why Real Books Are Best For Us and Our Grandchildren and How to Select Books With Our Grandchildren

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We grandmas know that it is important to read to children, and it is an activity that both of us can enjoy together.  Our grandchildren are of the electronic age, and if given a preference, they want their electronics, even the babies.  Yes, they can still sit in our laps while they play, but we … [Continue reading]

.”Young Old,” Wiser, Happier and More From Which Those Not As Fortunate in Years Can Learn

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I never in a million years could imagine it could be. In younger years, I could not imagine reaching age 70. In younger years,  I thought age 70 … [Continue reading]

Nutella and Bananas or Apples Combine to Make A Tasty and Healthy After School Snack or Maybe Even a Breakfast Food

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The first time this Grandma heard of Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread similar in texture to a peanut butter spread, was in 1988.  Our eldest … [Continue reading]

How to Teach Grandchildren Our “Name Game” Rhyming Song Game From Baby to Teenager

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One of the first songs this Grandma began singing to grandchildren, as soon as they connected faces with names and could call each person or thing by … [Continue reading]

When A Boomer Grandparent Becomes An Orphan

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With tears in my own eyes, this Grandma just heard of the death, minutes ago, of a long (we never say old) dear friend’s mother.  She was the second … [Continue reading]

The Texting Generation Versus the Telephone Generation, Both of Whom Are the Parents of Our Grandchildren, And Who Knows What the Future Communication Will Be

The Texting Generation Versus the Telephone Generation

This Boomer Grandma has been contemplating lately, having lived almost 70 years,  how technology and communication have changed and changes so rapidly … [Continue reading]

Teeth and Dental Health Is In the News and the Best Good News is Less Dentist Drilling Is In All of Our Futures, Especially Grandchildren

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One of this Grandma’s favorite gifts to buy the grandchildren is a new battery operated toothbrush.  We adults know that we should replace a … [Continue reading]

Old is New Again with Baby Names and Go Beyond the Past of Loving Grandparents to Gender Neutrality

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A long (we never say old) dear grandfather friend recently told me that his newest grandson was born and named for a grandfather of the parent.  The … [Continue reading]

Candied Strawberries Made With Sugar or Stevia For a Healthy Treat

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Summer is strawberry season.  However, this summer a grandson complained to me that the strawberries were not sweet.  Oprah must have agreed, as in … [Continue reading]

Dirt, Nuts, Bad Hygiene and Habits Such As Nail Biting and Thumb Sucking May Have A Benefit After All

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Whenever a parent of a grandchild is worried about something the grandchild is or is not doing, such as sleeping through the night, or toilet … [Continue reading]

Best of Boston With Grandchildren or As a Multigenerational Vacation in 2016 and 2017

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In 2012, this Grandma wrote a post about the Best of Boston with grandchildren. That was when we took our oldest grandson to Boston for the first … [Continue reading]

Table Tennis at the Rio Olympics Gets Our Grandchildren and Us Moving and Away From Electronics for Holiday Gifts 2016

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This Grandma is not athletic, but when Grandpa and I bought our children an outdoor ping pong table for our screened porch when they reached early … [Continue reading]

Grandparents As the Joyful Transition to and from Sleep Away Camp as a Continuation Of Such Assistance to Parents From the Birth of the Baby Grandchild

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This Grandma remembers being the first transition person, the first "overnight" for parents of our first grandchild to be away from their baby … [Continue reading]

Grandparents’ Favoritism Is Real In Many Families and Its Consequences May Last Generations

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Very often this Grandma is asked by grandparents if there is a difference between being the grandparents of a son's children or a daughter's children. … [Continue reading]

Making Ice Cream and Icy Treats With Grandchildren Has Never Been Easier and May Lead to A Learning Lesson in Shopping Too

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This Grandma’s cooking expertise is making reservations.  For desserts, when the grandchildren come, there are always M & M cookie ice cream … [Continue reading]

The Right Way to Bribe Kids to Read” Is Wrong

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One of this Grandma’s mantras is that each family is unique and there is no right way or one way to raise kids.   The grandchildren will be fine, even … [Continue reading]

Is G-Date, Grandparent Date, the Dating Service Misnamed

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The Hebrew Nursing Home in Riverdale, New York, is in the news. The New York Times, July 12, 2016, reporting on it, in "Too Old For Sex: Not at This … [Continue reading]

Is the Thesaurus A Book About Dinosaurs or A Dinosaur to Our Grandchildren from Preschool to High School

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Grandpa and I just saw a fabulous musical on Broadway, Bright Star, which is closing like some other fabulous musicals this season, because theater … [Continue reading]

No More Scraping The Bowl When and If Baking With Grandchildren and Throw Away Your Flour

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Grandchildren love scraping the bowl of cookie dough or the like. They love it more than cleaning the bowl at the sink, although they could spend … [Continue reading]