Archives for January 2013

You are Only as Happy as your Unhappiest Grandchild

A young friend whose youngest is a freshman in college shared her current nightmare.  Her daughter has a promiscuous roommate and has caught the roommate and boyfriend repeatedly in bed.  I tried not to laugh when she told me her daughter was mortified when she walked into the room once and the boyfriend grabbed her […]

The Wisdom of Multi-generational Friendships

I was with a long (we never say old) friend recently at a professional event, and of course asked her and her husband about their seven grandchildren from the ages of two to nine.  Her son and daughter-in-law live next door with their four children and her daughter lives ten minutes away with her three.  […]

Should Grandchildren be Forced to Write Grandma a Thank You Note

Watching the Today Show on NBC on January 22, 2013, I saw Philip Galanes, New York Times columnist and author of the book, “Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today,” discussing the disappearing thank-you note.  The video and article can be found at at The article on the website […]

Newtown Massacre and Grandma’s Responsibility

It is now nearly four weeks since the Newtown massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and you would think the brutal news would not be the subject of daily visuals on media.  However, that is not to be.  Two of my grandchildren live in Connecticut, about an hour or less from Newtown.  My daughter knows people […]

Our Grandsons Have to Be Prepared to Support Themselves in Our Evolving Society

When I raised two daughters, I was concerned about them finding careers in which they would be able to support themselves and not have to rely upon a man for support.  It was the 1970s and 1980s and the divorce rates spiked.  Women and children were struggling as near 80% of mothers then were having […]

Grandma’s Mac ‘N Cheese for grandchildren

My grandchildren love California Pizza Kitchen.   Whenever we visit, they always ask to go to California Pizza Kitchen as a special treat.  If you ask them their favorite restaurant, they will invariably say California Pizza Kitchen. It is not for the varied menu, however.  Every time we go, they order the SAME dish:  Mac ‘N […]

Grandma’s Way to “Train a Parent, Spare a Child”

I wish I came up with this title, but I didn’t.  Bruce Feiler, the author of “The Secrets of Happy Families,” wrote a column with this title  in the New York Times, Sunday, January 13, 2013, about “more creative bribing” of children—“or to be more precise, the giving of blunt, uncreative rewards for desired behavior.”  […]

Epcot at Disney World in Orlando

A Surprising Wonderful Multigenerational Vacation Place with Grandchildren As Floridian grandparents, Disney World is a great place for a multigenerational family vacation.  We always go to the Magic Kingdom but decided to expand our horizons to Epcot.  What a surprising wonderful multigenerational vacation place with grandchildren!  We visited what we could in one day moving […]

Grandma visits make lasting memories

I just got off the telephone with Jet Blue, again paying a change fee to change our February flights to see our youngest grandchildren.  My younger daughter called and asked that we come the last flight night before a previously planned flight, as our grandson is off from school the day we were to arrive […]

Grandma Says Support Breastfeeding Working Women

Oh My God! Model and working mother Gisele Bunchen, age 33, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, tweeted a photograph of herself breastfeeding their one year old daughter while getting her hair, nails, and makeup done–all at once–while getting ready for work.  Both large South Florida newspapers covered this story!  The Miami Herald […]

This Grandma Has Won the Lottery

December  17, 2013 was a big day in America.  MegaMillions Lottery’s jackpot was $636 million.  The odds of winning were 1 in 259 million.  Not bad.  There were two winners, one in California and one in Georgia.  This Grandma lives in South Florida.  This Grandma has won the lottery.  Not MegaMillions.  The lottery of life. […]