Archives for February 2013

Grandma’s Best Natural Shampoo Products for Grandchildren

When my daughter was pregnant with our first grandchild ten years ago, I collected all of the smallest bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo I could find.  I cannot remember exactly why small bottles, but I think I anticipated a small baby so collected small Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo bottles.   I love the […]

Earrings for Grandchild: When Mom Says No to Grandma

When our granddaughter was born, the first gift I purchased was the smallest pair of diamond earrings I could find.  Only real diamonds would do.  With a generous $150 budget, as with everything I do, I checked all the websites. Ross-Simons, Fortunoffs, Bloomingdales ….Then, I checked www.retailmenot to see if there were any further discounts or coupons […]

Grandma Cancer Alert: Too Many Young Women and Young Mothers with Breast Cancer

Women have been educated to know risk factors for breast cancer.  Here is information from the Young Survival Coalition, Young Women Facing Breast Cancer Together: Family history and genetics are two risk factors for breast cancer. While researchers continue to search for the definite causes of breast cancer, some consider young women at high risk […]

New York Broadway Plays for Grandchildren

In our family, we took our children to New York City every year for theatre.  Now we take our grandchildren to New York City for theatre.  We have seen most of the following plays with our grandchildren.  Their other grandparents took the grandchildren to see Annie.  Grandpa and I have seen Blue Man Group and […]

Perfect New York City Vacation for Grandchildren with Grandma and Grandpa

Perfect New York Vacation for Grandchildren with Grandma and Grandpa is an annual event in our family.  There is so much to see and do with grandchildren in New York.  2011 is already detailed in a post.  See Grandma Holiday Shopping and New York with Grandma and Grandpa, December 12, 2011, for our first trip […]

Grandpa needs Grandma Lessons

Tonight, I heard about a very unhappy Grandpa.  He visited his son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, ages two and four last year in Boston, his home before he moved to Florida.  The son and daughter-in-law had just purchased a new home and he was visiting to see it for the first time.  The guest room […]

When a Grandchild says “I don’t want to” or “I can’t”

When my grandchild says, “I can’t pick up the toys,” that is so easy for Grandma.  First, I show the difference between “I can’t” and “I don’t want to.”  Please let me see your hands.  Please wiggle your fingers.  Please lift them up over your head.  You can even do “Simon Says.”  See, your hands […]

Safety at Grandma’s House

Amy Dickinson writes the “Ask Amy,” column nationally, reprinted in the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Florida.  In her January 22, 2013 column, she printed a response to her previous advice written by “Amaya’s Gramma,” which is worth repeating.  If you did not see it: Dear Amy:  I’m responding to the letter from “Frustrated” who was […]

Initial Love Necklaces: For Grandma Too

One of my daughter’s friends has four sons.  For her birthday, her husband got her the most beautiful necklace that had four discs with each of the children’s names on and pearls hanging from the chain.  I loved it.  I have four grandchildren.  Why not? There are several options on the internet.  Here are the […]

Working Moms v. Stay At Home Moms: Grandma’s Perspective

My daughter, a lawyer and a mother, forwarded me an article by Devon Corneal, a lawyer and a mother, from the Huffington Post, on January 28, 2013, entitled, “What Not to Say to A Working Mom.”   Ms. Corneal addressed the following questions and comments a working mom hears:  “Can’t you afford to stay home?” “I’d […]

Baking with Grandma–Grandma’s Cupcakes in Cones

Baking with grandchildren is a great activity.  The recipe should be a simple one with not too many ingredients.  The recipe is just the beginning of Grandma’s plan.  The recipe should be divided up into child tasks depending on the number of grandchildren and the ages of the grandchildren doing the activity.   Of course, Grandma […]

Best Valentine’s Day Gifts from Grandma to Grandchildren (and Children, too)

Every year at Valentine’s Day, we are bombarded with advertisements for chocolate and flowers.  Everyone gets lots of chocolate and flowers.  How can we Grandmas find the best Valentine’s gifts? As Grandma, I buy gifts for the grandchildren for every major and minor occasion in their lives or for no occasion at all.  I buy […]

Advice from Grandma for Grandchildren: Keep Your Own Troubles — Three Rules to Live By

My Mother had a saying which translates into, “keep your own troubles.”  Every time I would complain about problems in my life, that is what I heard.  I came to understand what my Mother meant, especially considering her companion mantra, “life is hard and then you die.” She was a Holocaust survivor after all, which […]