Archives for August 2013

Grandma’s View on Giving Candy to Grandchildren

This Grandma follows her mother’s lead in believing the principle that it is Grandma’s prerogative to give candy to grandchildren.  What this Grandma has refined is when and how to give candy to grandchildren.  Candy is forbidden fruit to children.  Parents discourage children having candy for good reasons, not only limited to candy ruining their […]

”OMG: Mick Jagger is how old?”

”OMG: Mick Jagger is how old?” is the title of an editorial by Gail Collins in the Miami Herald, July 31, 2013.  Of course, it caught my eye.  It seems that, impossible as it may seem, Mick Jagger is physically age 70.  I say he is physically age 70 because Mick Jagger will never act […]

Pacifying Parents With a Comfort Blanket for Baby

This Grandma recently sat on an airplane next to a mother with an adorable fourteen month old daughter.   It is wonderful to be able to help mothers who are flying alone.  This child had a pacifier in her mouth the entire time.  If the pacifier fell out of her mouth, as soon as the child […]

Grandma’s View on the Million Dollar Illusion

The New York Times, June 8, 2013, published an article by Jeff Sommer called, “For Retirees, A Million-Dollar Illusion.”  You can find the article at NY Times. Jeff Sommer begins: A MILLION dollars isn’t what it used to be.             In 1953, when “How to Marry a Millionaire” was in movie theaters, $1 million bought […]

Our New Standard: Fit for Royalty

It has always been this Grandma’s opinion that the “royalty” in America are the actors and actresses whose pictures we see every day.  Americans seem to want to buy what they buy, dress children in what they dress children, name children what they name children, and even have children out of wedlock because it is […]

This Grandma’s View on “The Care-Package Wars.”

In his This Life column, July 19, 2013, in the New York Times, Bruce Feiler addressed  “The Care-Package Wars.”  This topic was close to my heart. Last summer was the first summer our oldest grandson went to sleep away camp.  You read the post on the best care package for last year (it WAS the […]

Senior Discount Compliment

This Grandma remembers how happy she was when she was carded at age 27 and pregnant.  Vendors did not believe she was 21.  Now I am happy to be carded again.  Vendors do not believe I am 65.  Grandpa has a saying he has taught our children and grandchildren, “if you do not ask you […]

Does Anyone With Children Have It All?

“Having it All:  Tired of What. . . .” is the title of an article by Rachel Bersche, in the New York Times Magazine, Sunday, July 14, 2013.  She cited a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 16 percent of women ages 18-44 say they are worn out most days, or […]

Bathtime Bubbles

From the time my daughters were little, they loved a bubble bath.  There was a concern back then about bubble bath safety due to the chemicals in the bubble bath.  Now, my grandchildren love a bubble bath with organic bubble bath.  From the smallest grandchild, “bubbles” is a word they learn early and bubbles in […]

Grandma’s View on the Joy of Old Age

In the New York Times, July 7, 2013, Oliver Sacks, the author, talks about “The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.)”  He is about to turn 80 and writes: My father, who lived to 94, often said that the 80s had been one of the most enjoyable decades of his life.  He felt, as I […]

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches with Grandchildren

There is definitely a theme in this Grandma’s recipe posts.  The majority of the recipes to make with grandchildren are desserts.  Of course!  What more than sweets brings an instant smile to a grandchild’s face.  Making sweets together with a grandchild is a perfect activity.  As always, Grandma can choose to make it many activities […]