Archives for March 2014

Mother-in-law and Mother Relationship is the Same for Grandma

There is so much written about relationships between the “in-laws,” between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law.  As the saying goes, we cannot pick our relatives and sometimes even blood relatives do not get along and have little to do with one another.  Expectations breed disappointment in the in-law relationship. With our own parents and immediate family, we […]

Boomers and Health Care Moving Abroad

Long (we never say old) friends moved to Italy for a good deal of the year.  This Grandma is not one to move abroad for long periods of time to be away from grandchildren.  For another, I am so happy that America allowed our family sanctuary and citizenship, that I am not interested in living […]

Facts & Figures: Pizza Consumption, But Do We Grandmas Care?

On February 10, 2014, The New York Times editors gave us “Facts & Figures: Pizza Consumption,” and told us: On any given day, roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 1 in 8 Americans, consumes pizza.  Working off a U.S.D.A. report on the role of pizza in American diets, the U.S. Food […]

Grandma Intends to Drive Forever

Our GG (great grandmother)  is ninety and still drives herself everywhere.  She got a new car for her last birthday.  Okay, she does not like to drive after dark and tries to get home before dark.  We keep telling her we can hire a driver, but she won’t hear of it.  GG has her independence […]

Love Your Selfie?

This Grandma was not going to touch this new dictionary word “selfie”—yes, it has been added to the dictionary—no way, no how.  However, everywhere, including the Oscars, we are inundated with the selfie craze.   The selfie, including many movie stars, taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars has been resent (re-tweeted for those of you […]

Older Finally Means Grandparenting, Not Parenting

My father was eleven years older than my mother.   In their era, women sought older men who were better established to be able to support a family.  It seems that our society has readily accepted older men with younger families for generations.  We are now seeing that science trumps all that acceptance. All over the […]

Best Ride On and Ride In Toys for Grandchildren

Spring is coming.  Yes, this Grandma realizes that the weather patterns are crazy right now, but living in Florida makes me think spring year round.  And, when spring is coming, ride on toys are what are great to get for grandchildren. Think platinum toys on Toy Portfolio whenever grandma is thinking of buying any toys. […]

Disney World for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Do’s and Don’ts

Visit Orlando has just rolled out a multimillion dollar campaign targeted at parents of toddlers and preschoolers that “May is Made for Little Ones,” according to an article in the Sun Sentinel, February 22, 2014, “Ads Target Preschoolers’ Parents to Boost Tourism,” by Sara K. Clarke. Having lived in South Florida for over 40 years […]

Will I Ever Be a Grandma?

A friend recently lamented that her late thirty something child had not yet met a permanent mate.  She worries, “Will I ever be a grandma?” A new Pew Research studies is relevant.  See Pew Research Center. First, this friend should be happy that her child is college educated, because Richard Fry writes, “New census data […]

Nuts! Nuts! Nuts!

This Grandma did not know about nut allergies when her children were young.  Now it seems that child nut allergies are rampant.  A recent study has shown that nut allergies have tripled in just over a decade. Recent headlines are focusing on nuts.  Nuts in Pregnancy. Nuts allergy remedies for children. Nuts for longevity and […]

Now it is age 73 for Retirement?

This Grandma is of the Boomer generation.  It seems that now age 73 is the new age for retirement?  This makes sense. Maybe.  If we Boomers consider retirement at all. We are “Forever Young.”  We cannot even fathom getting old enough for retirement. This topic is the subject of, “For Some, Retirement Is Out of […]

Personalized Bibs, Burp Cloths, and Blankets

Sometimes, a grandma just does not like anything on a baby registry or has looked when most items are already purchased and there is little left to buy as a gift for the new baby.  This Grandma has then thought to look for personalized baby gifts that are unique. It is getting harder and harder […]

Grandma Helps Parents Avoid Going Bananas at Bedtime

We are off to visit our grandchildren.  We have no problem getting them to bed because we do not want them to go to bed.  As long distance grandparents, we want every delicious moment we can get.  Usually, we get into bed with the grandchildren and watch their favorite shows until they just fall asleep […]

What Our Grandchildren Want as Presents

This grandma’s ten year old grandson has made it clear what he does not want is clothes as a present.  I thought it was because he is a boy.  Not so much.  He is into Under Amour, and so are my seven year old granddaughter and six year old grandson.  Needing the newest brand is […]