Archives for May 2014

Why Should We Care about Our Grandchildren’s Resiliency?

Watching the national news the last few days was watching and hearing about resiliency.  Jill Abramson, the first woman to be the executive editor of the New York Times, in less than three years on the job, was fired.  Speaking at the commencement at Wake Forest University, she told the graduates that what they would […]

Does Becoming a Grandma Make Us Lose Brain Cells?

When Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, the news media went right to whether Hillary Clinton could be president and a grandma too.  Now the news media is concentrating on her health and mental ability.  Does becoming a grandma make us lose brain cells? Even the parents of our grandchildren seem to think we have […]

This Grandma is Glad She is Done Paying for Weddings

Two out of three of our children are presently married.  We paid for three weddings.  Yes, we have one divorce.  I think the next wedding, if there is one, is on the divorcee.  This Grandma is done paying for weddings and glad.  I do have some long (we never say old) friends who each have […]

What Do Pregnant Women Want?

Last evening, grandpa and I were at dinner with long (we never say old) friends whose oldest son and his wife just had their third child, finally a girl, twelve and fourteen years younger than her brothers!  We then started talking about how little information we had about pregnancy when we were pregnant, and even […]

Grandma’s Best Tip for Attending Grandpa’s (Husband’s, Significant Other’s) High School Reunion

When I thought about sharing what I have learned professionally and personally about relationships and high school reunions, I thought about Grandpa’s 40th and the drunk blond who propositioned him right in front of me. I realized that such advice was not limited to those of grandparent age, but apply to any age and any […]

Top Baby Names for 2013 Extra Special in Our Family

The Today Show revealed the top baby names for 2013 on May 9, 2014.  They said, “ Noah is the top boy baby name in the U.S. It’s the first time since 1960 that Michael or Jacob hasn’t been No. 1 in popularity.”  However, Sophia remains the top girl’s name for the third year in […]

Caring for Grandchildren Makes This Grandma Wonder How She Had the Strength to Raise Children

My younger daughter needed help.  Of course, this Grandma volunteered to watch the two younger grandchildren for her.  Nearly at the same time, two long (we never say old) grandma friends were also asked to help with their grandchildren.  We compared notes. The night before my flight, my daughter texted a picture of what happens […]

Are We Boomers the Last to Experience the American Dream?

All our lives, we Boomers heard how we changed society.  All our lives, we Boomers heard how much more difficult it was for our large bubble of population – getting into college, getting jobs, finding homes, etc.  In 2014, we even hear how we who are over fifty are now causing the divorce rate to […]

Great Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma

Each year, this Grandma’s daughters ask what I want for Mother’s Day.  Each year, I say please send me a picture in a frame.  Each year, they say, and what else. My favorite Mother’s Day gifts have been a picture of the grandchildren in a frame.  The picture can be creative.  This year, my youngest […]

Busch Gardens Tampa with Grandchildren Part Two: The Perfect Itinerary

Grandpa and I took our older two grandchildren, ages ten and seven, to Busch Gardens Tampa over Spring Break 2014.  Busch Gardens is a wonderful combination of an interactive zoo and roller coaster park. We thought it might be crowded during a holiday weekend, and we were pleasantly surprised.  This park is most appropriate for […]

Busch Gardens Tampa with Grandchildren Part One: Planning

Grandpa and I took our older two grandchildren, ages ten and seven, to Busch Gardens Tampa over Spring Break 2014.  Busch Gardens is a wonderful combination of an interactive zoo and roller coaster park. We thought it might be crowded during a holiday weekend, and we were pleasantly surprised.  This park is most appropriate for […]

Perdue is Going To Love This Grandma

The Thursday Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale has the food section.  This Grandma makes reservations, and is uninterested except for food information related to grandchildren.  Those sorts of articles are few and far between.  Then on April 24, 2014, there was an article rating fast food chicken  nuggets!  Clearly, this must be related to children.  […]

Planning the Perfect Multigenerational Family Vacation at Every Age and Every Stage

As our oldest grandchildren enter middle school age, this Grandma can reflect on what makes a perfect multigenerational family vacation at every age and every stage.  You might think I am talking only about ages and stages of grandchildren.  No.  I am also talking about every age and every stage of the parents of our […]