Archives for November 2013

Grandma Uses Her Fingers for Little Grandchildren

This Grandma learned a finger play song when she was a day camp counselor for four and five year old boys.  Aha!  I should have realized.  I had daughters, and fortunately I have one granddaughter, but I was meant to have many grandsons! My favorite finger play song is “Open, Shut Them,” and it is […]

The Grandma in South Florida

It is November.  The television newscaster just said, “No coats needed today,” and went to pictures of areas of the country with snow, cold, wind, and gray skies.  If it were not for the South Florida newscasters to remind us daily, we Grandmas who live in South Florida would not remember winter.  Thank goodness. This […]

More UK Clothing Fit for Our Royalty, Or Not

In time for the holidays, we hear about more United Kingdom baby clothing fit for our royalty.  This Grandma thinks celebrities are our royalty and what they have, we covet.  What they wear, we want to wear.  If they dress their children in a brand, it must be the newest and best.  Of course, we […]

Grandma Gets Ready for the Holidays 2013: Best School Age Gifts for Christmas or Chanukah 2013

This Grandma gets ready for the holidays early.  Searching Toy Portfolio for the best new Oppenheimer Toy Award platinum award winning toys is the first place I look.  I make a list, not only for myself, but for GG and the aunts and uncles for the best gifts for Christmas and Chanukah at every price […]

Grandma Gets Ready for the Holidays 2013: Best Preschool Age Gifts for Christmas or Chanukah 2013

This Grandma gets ready for the holidays early.  Searching Toy Portfolio  for the best new Oppenheimer Toy Award platinum award winning toys is the first place I look.  I make a list, not only for myself, but for GG and the aunts and uncles for the best gifts for Christmas and Chanukah at every price […]

Adam Levine, Sexiest Man Alive 2013

Adam Levine has been named sexiest man alive 2013 by People Magazine.  Of course, the sexiest man alive has to be a celebrity.  We revere celebrities in America.  Adam Levine is a handsome, lanky man with the requisite “six pack.”  But, this Grandma can only see his tattoos when I look at him. Yes, the […]

Singing to the Womb

This Grandma just finished reading about the last issue of the moment, that pregnant women did not like people who thought they could just rub their belly, when I saw the next “pregnant” issue of the moment.  “Study Finds Newborns Recall Songs Played to Them in the Womb,” by Meeri Kim, in the Miami Herald […]

Board Book Classics Make the Front Page of the N.Y.Times

The Sunday New York Times does not usually have a front page article about board books.  Sunday, October 27, 2013 must have been a slow news day or maybe the fact that books are actually selling in 2013 is news in and of itself. Years ago, when our first grandchild was born, the “new” trend […]

Of First Born Children and First Born Grandchildren: Benefits of Loving The First the Longest

When I heard about a new study on first born children on the Today Show, October 22, 2013, my first thought was to wonder if it applies to first born grandchildren too. This Grandma thinks it does. The study, “Strategic Parenting, Birth Order, and School Performance,” by V. Joseph Hotz and Juan Pantano, is published […]

Zoomer, the Robotic Dog, the Number One Toy for Christmas 2013

Our grandchildren each requested Zoomer, the Dog, as a present for the holidays.  Zoomer is a trainable robotic dog at the “reasonable” price of around $80.  It is not on the Oppenheimer Toys Best Toy list.  It is however, advertised as the Number One Toy for Christmas 2013.  Most websites only allow you to buy […]

Grandma Gets Ready for the Holidays 2013: Best Baby Gifts for Christmas or Chanukah 2013

This Grandma gets ready for the holidays early.  Searching Toy Portfolio for the best new Oppenheimer Toy Award platinum award winning toys is the first place I look.  I make a list, not only for myself, but for GG and the aunts and uncles for the best gifts for Christmas and Chanukah at every price […]

Grandma’s View on Staying Together for the Children

Carolyn Hax, in “Feeling Distance in the Marriage but Sticking it out for the Kids,” October 18, 2013, in the Miami Herald, gave one of the best answers this Grandma has ever read of Ms. Hax’s columns. She was asked: Dear Carolyn:  Is there an age at which divorce causes more or less damage to […]

Adult Wipes A “Flushing” Discussion

It just never occurred to this Grandma, even after four grandchildren and ten years’ grandma experience.  I never thought of the idea to use baby wipes as an adult to be “baby behind ” clean.  Apparently, this is the discussion for the moment.  Yes, you can find forums, blogs, articles, and more on the Internet […]

Grandma’s “Signature” Song Begins a Beautiful Day

Grandpa always speaks of the song his grandfather sang to him, “You are My Sunshine,” with fond memories of his family history, this ritual and tradition.  When our first grandson was born, I realized I had no such history, ritual and traditional song as my grandparents were killed  in the Holocaust before I was born. […]

“Gray” Divorcees and Boomer Grandparents

In the New York Times, September 22, 2013, author Sam Roberts writes an article entitled, Divorce After 50 Grows More Common.  He says: So much for “till death do us part.” For the first time, more Americans 50 and older are divorced than widowed, and the numbers are growing as baby boomers live longer. Sociologists […]

Grandma Argues With the “New” Experts About Arguing in Front of Children

In the Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2013, was an article by Andrea Peterson, titled, “The Family That Fights Together:  New Thinking for Parents Since the Days of “Not in Front of the Children.” The article starts: It is a quandary every couple with children eventually faces: Should we fight in front of the kids? […]

The “Secret” Disney Perfect Multigenerational Vacation at the Disney Vero Beach Resort Part II: Family Haven

We arrived home today from the Disney Vero Beach Resort, with every one of the sixteen of us with a Disney smile on our face.  There is an amazing secret Disney haven for families somewhere on the ocean north of Vero Beach, Florida. The photograph you see on the website is the perfect photograph to […]