Archives for September 2014

Modern grandparents: Busier, Hands-on and Happy: Yes, We Are!

And younger, in mind and spirit and body. According to Rebecca Dube on Today.com September 7, 2014, in honor of Grandparents Day, September 7, 2014, who reported on a a study about us modern grandparents in her article, “Modern grandparents: Busier, Hands-on and Happy: Grandparents these days are younger, hipper and more involved than ever […]

Grandma Likes Questions to Ask Kids for Grandparents Too

Watching the Today Show, September 4, 2014 was enlightening. A mommy blogger, Liz Evans, who was a teacher, wrote a post, 25 Ways to Ask Your Kids “How Was School Today?” WITHOUT asking them “How Was School Today? We grandmas need these too! So many times I am asking #1 again and again. Now I […]

Balancing Between Young and “Young Old”

Opening up the New York Times on line September 1, 2014, I scrolled down and “Most Emailed” hit me. Number two in most emailed was an Opinion piece, “When Did We Get So Old,” by Michele Willens. The blurb says, “For many of us, it is a psychological quandary that is causing the most unpleasantness: […]

This Grandma’s Top Ten Grandma Tips in Honor of Grandparents’ Day

This Grandma’s mantra is that grandparenting should be all joy and no responsibility. Here are this Grandma’s top ten tips on grandparenting in honor of Grandparent’s Day: NEVER SAY NO. Never say no to your grandchildren. Never say no to the parents of your grandchildren. Everyone remembers a no. And if a no is about […]

From Ice Water Over Your Head to Dropping Your Pants in Public, Here is What Awareness is Next

More than a million challenge videos have been posted on Facebook so far. The challenge has raised well over $4 million and counting, according to the ALS Association. That money will be used to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – the fatal disease facing former Boston College baseball player Pete […]

Braiding Granddaughter’s Hair and Braiding Memories

Our eight year old granddaughter is tough.  She is not a girly girl.  Her favorite color is blue.  She has never had a doll nor is she interested in playing with dolls.  It would not matter if we had another granddaughter, but she is our only one. Having had two daughters, this Grandma learned how […]

Age 5 and up. Really? Grandma Wants to Know the Airlines’ Newest Unaccompanied Minor Policies

This Grandma would love to have the grandchildren travel unaccompanied to visit in Florida.  Researching this issue, I discovered that each airline has different policies and they change.  For example, beginning September 3, 2014, American Airlines extended the age at which it will charge a fee for children flying alone, $150 each way for unaccompanied […]

Pete the Cat Takes Over Best Seller List for Grandchildren Ages 3-7

This Grandma recently read that celebrities are getting into writing children’s books because children’s books sell.  I am always looking for new children’s books to get for the grandchildren as visit presents.  Books are a win-win as a visit present–grandchildren love owning books and we have them in our lap for a period of time […]

NEAT and Five Extra Minutes As An Exercise Habit for Longevity for Grandma

This Grandma has an exercise routine.  I actually started it when our eldest daughter announced her pregnancy.  I had not exercised much before.  Now I had impetus to increase stamina and strength and be as healthy as I could be—to watch a grandchild grow up.   I was very proud of myself that I could lift […]

This Grandma Laments Parents’ Responsibility Regarding Crime Watch Tips for Sending Grandchildren Back to School

Okay.  This Grandma is doing what her parents did, talking about the “good old days.”  Not remembering how much things cost back when, but remembering how much freedom this Grandma had as a child in a world that was safe growing up after World War II in America.  It was safe to ride our bikes […]

Grandma’s Reflection on the Importance of Participating in Life Passage Events, even the Caretaking before the Death of a Parent

“On siblings who don’t help with an elderly parent’s care,” was the title of advice given by a reader of Carolyn Hax’s column while she is away and appeared August 29, 2014 in the Miami Herald: I am one of three sisters. When our father died 12 years ago, I became my mother’s lifeline, mainly […]

When Grandma Does Not Exercise Good Judgment While Watching Grandchildren Look for the Win-Win Rather than Consequences

This Grandma wonders why people are surprised when someone does not exercise good judgment when they become a grandparent.  Just because we are of long (we never say old) years does not necessarily mean we all gain wisdom.  A mentor of mine once said, “sometimes practice does not make perfect.  Sometimes it just makes permanent.” […]

The Best Sunscreens for Grandchildren Recommended by the Best Dermatologist–Think Zinc Oxide and Titanium

This Grandma has had the same dermatologist for forty years.  Gulp!  It is hard to believe that I have used the same doctor for that many years.  He is my age and now when I see him I tell him to please not retire.  It is hard to find the best dermatologist, and I have […]

Hershey Park and Hershey Sticker Shock? The Sweet Pass Secret to a Perfect Hershey Chocolate Vacation

Our grandchildren just went to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. Every year, the mothers of the two grandchildren cousins close in age take them away for a weekend near their birthdays—they are 361 days apart. This year they went to Hershey Park for their birthdays.  When the parents of our grandchildren returned, they raved about Hershey […]