Weekly Zoom With the Family Is A Positive Benefit of the Pandemic

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GG (Great Grandmother) Lee is 97 years old. We got her an IPad years ago as a birthday present and she is pretty proficient. Since the start of the pandemic, like many other families, our family has set up a weekly Zoom. GG loves this time, giving her a chance to connect with all of us at one time. … [Continue reading]

Resilience in Ourselves and Our Grandchildren has Taken On Greater Meaning During the Pandemic

In 2014. I first wrote about building resilience in children and how we grandparents could be of assistance. Pandemics were not on my radar. We now know our grandchildren are dealing with a once in a century crisis. We can help. This Grandmother is a child of Holocaust survivors. As … [Continue reading]

Documenting Baby’s Growth Month By Month During the First Year

This Grandma loves receiving monthly pictures of grandma friends’ babies documenting their growth so much so that this is my third blog post with tips … [Continue reading]

When Grandma Able To Hug Grandchildren Becomes Miraculous

COVID-19. This grandma is so over it. A year out of our ives now is life changing. For we know enough to know how much of living life we do not have … [Continue reading]

Grandma’s List of Five Best and Five Worst Toddler Toys and Gifts

After six grandchildren and many toddler gifts, this Grandma has listened to her daughters and daughter-in-law rave and complain about gifts and toys. … [Continue reading]

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 … [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 … [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]