Archives for May 2013

Grandma says “Lessons in Domestic Diplomacy” is Second to “Lessons in Home As A Haven”

Bruce Feiler, in his column, “This Life,” discusses current issues in his own home life.  In his recent column April 14, 2013, in the Sunday New York Times, he recounts his quest for conflict resolution in his family structure.  He begins with the story of the “ritual” in his house (yes, he uses the word […]

Looking Back, Moving our grandchildren’s Lives Forward: “If I had My Child to Raise Over Again” and “Children Live What They Learn”

When, as a Grandma, I look back on my parenting years, I remember that raising and nurturing children was PART of my life.  I also had a marriage to nurture.  I also had a career to nurture.  I also had friendships and relationships to nurture.    I could go on.  Sometimes, I felt I was on […]

Multigenerational Summer Vacation in Fort Lauderdale

As a Floridian, I always wonder why no one knows the secret.  Fort Lauderdale is a great vacation spot anytime.  Fort Lauderdale in the summer is a dream multigenerational vacation destination.  Everyone seems to rush to Disney when school is out and no one thinks to end the Disney tour with a relaxing few days […]

Best Brain Quest for Our Grandchildren

One of my favorite grandchild gifts is BrainQuest.  We can start when our grandchild is a toddler.  This is a small item in size and price but enormous in quality.  Grandchildren can pick up BrainQuest anywhere, take it anywhere and will enjoy it everywhere!  It is called a “deck,” but unlike a deck of cards, […]

Grandma’s “Famous” Scrambled Eggs

My grandchildren truly believe that the scrambled eggs I make are famous around the world.  I created the recipe for ease and fluffiness.  I have to admit that my grandchildren love these scrambled eggs and I am begged to make them often for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Remember, the grandchildren can help.  However, if it […]

Push Presents According to Grandma

I was listening to the radio in the car and heard the DJ mention that his wife was pregnant and wanted tickets to a specific concert as a push present.  Wow!  Men knowing what a push present was —without a mother or mother-in-law telling them, for the hard work of delivery, the mother deserved a […]

Little Transformers for Grandchildren and Big Transformers for Grandma

Recently, this Grandma went looking for a new car.  It seemed that every car looked like a transformer.  If you have a grandchild between the ages of 2 and 12, male or female, you know what a transformer is. If you are the grandma of a baby, you too will soon learn about transformers.  Transformers […]

Grandma’s List of Go-To Websites to be a Smart Internet Shopper: Assistance for Choosing Grandchildren Paraphernalia, Gifts and More

This Grandma has written often in posts referring to several websites I go to for choosing anything and everything for grandchildren. My hobby is shopping and internet shopping is something I have done forever, it seems. . . at least since I could shop on the internet. I always want the best item for the […]

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

After four 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 Gifts: Number One: Home […]

Grandma Shops Smart

In the Money Section of the Sun Sentinel, Thursday, February 28, 2013, a new website by Time was announced: www.allyou.com.   It seems that it is a new resource for shopping tips and discounts.  They did a survey of 2,600 women ages 21 to 59, and found more than two thirds of the women said they […]

Happy Mother’s Day 2013!

On May 8, 2013, the Miami Herald quoted Nicole Eggert, describing her as a single mother of two, as having told People Magazine: “The kids’ needs come first, work comes second, and I come third.” Great quote.   Real life quote.  However, this Grandma has no idea who Nicole Eggert is.  So, I googled her.  Here […]

War on Boys Affects our Grandsons

When I wrote, “Our Grandsons Have to Be Prepared to Support Themselves in Our Evolving Society,” I knew about the book, “The War on Boys,” written by Christina Hoff Sommers, written almost twelve years ago, and wrote about what I had learned that our grandsons needed. Then I opened the Sunday New York Times,February 2, […]

Grandma Says Shift the Focus from Moms and Dads Wanting to “Have it All” to the Family Team

The Today Show on NBC on Friday, March 15, 2013 had a segment on new research which “shows that as more moms join the workforce, men want to spend more time at home with their kids, creating a new paradigm of family dynamics.” So, it seems, just when Moms realized they cannot have it all, Dads […]

Totes for Mother’s Day

With children and grandchildren, this Grandma is lugging lots of stuff everywhere.  We have beach toys, house toys, shopping trips to load up for, and good and strong bags are always welcome.  It is always difficult to think of Mother’s Day gifts for mothers and grandmothers.  A new tote is always welcome. BASIC The Miami […]

Homeland Security Assessing Schools

Newtown, Ct. is close to where our Connecticut grandchildren live.  Visiting our grandchildren, this Grandma went to a school meeting with their mother.  Of course, security was a prime issue.  The principal told the parents that Homeland Security spent two days at the school assessing security.  The school officials had to answer a survey containing […]

Making Of a Grandchild, Minus the Couple

The Sunday New York Times, Style Section, February 10, 2013, had the following headline article, “Making a Child, Minus the Couple: Pairs of Single People Wishing to Have Biological Children are Creating a New Sort of Family”  The author, Abby Ellin, mentions:  “ . . . a new breed of online daters, looking not for […]