Archives for June 2015

Benefits of Outdoor Play Leads to the Finding the Best Portable Basketball Hoop for Grandchildren

This Grandma hears the concerns of parents who wish they could have their children play outside alone. Now there seems to be a debate about whether or not there should be a concern. This Grandma always errs on the side of caution. Better safe than sorry, is a mantra. To each their own. But this […]

Best London Itinerary With Children and Grandchildren Or As A Multi Generational Vacation

This Grandma is the family travel agent. I plan trips for family and friends as a hobby. The parents of our oldest grandchildren asked for the best London itinerary for children. The first trip abroad we took with our children was London. We made mistakes. First, avoid the London Dungeon or the London Bridge Experience […]

Coloring Books have Graduated to A Way for Grandparent and Grandchild to Feel Better Together

This Grandma keeps a large box of art supplies in the house. I include crayons, markers, colored pencils, water paints and blanks sheets of paper as well as a variety of coloring books. The grandchildren play a while on this old fashioned method of creativity, but invariably go to the myriad of apps on their […]

CombineTwo Grandchildren Favorites for Chocolate-Strawberry Waffle Ball on a Stick

This Grandma loves using fresh fruit in recipes with grandchildren. Children love donuts, and anything sweet on a stick. Chocolate covered fruit is an easy treat and takes five minutes. Use Kraft Real Milk Baker’s Dipping Chocolate and follow the instructions. If you want to do a little more elaborate recipe, Food Network Kitchen, has […]

Does Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Forever Define the Boomer Generation

There is a development called “The Villages,” an hour north of Orlando, Florida. This Grandma personally knows people who have retired to the huge and influential development. It is huge in size and huge in influence in the area in which it sits, because of the number of voters situated within The Villages. This Grandma […]

Grandmas Doing their Part to Get Rid of Maternal Guilt Forever

Not everyone agrees with the article, “Mounting Evidence of Advantages for Children of Working Mothers,” in the New York Times, May 15, 2015 about a new “study of adults in 25 countries showed that having a working mother had some economic, educational and social benefits for children of both sexes,” The author, Claire Cain Miller, […]

Celebrating the Red, White and Blue. . . .Foods to Make With Grandchildren for the Fourth of July

Parenting Magazine had a great article on ten festive red, white and blue recipes for Fourth of July. The children or grandchildren they are targeting must be less finicky than my grandchildren. Here are is the best one of their ten ideas and a few of mine for celebrating the Fourth with red, white and […]

Get a Head Starting to Plan a Trip to One or More National Parks Starting Fall 2015 With Children and Grandchildren or on a Multi-generational Vacation

This Grandma was surprised to learn that, upon reaching the age of 62, I was entitled to a lifetime senior pass to all the national parks for $10. If you do not already have a pass here is the link to more information. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service in […]

Baby Names for 2014 Lead to Decades of Information and Advice From Grandma on Loving the Name Chosen For the Grandchild

This Grandma loves when the U.S. Social Security Administration annually announces the most popular baby names of the year. 2014 is no different. The number one boys’ name is a name that I know was far from number 1 eight years ago when one close chose it because it was not popular. That is what […]

Even Rocking A Baby Has A New Modern Bounce For Grandma To Learn

In this Boomer Grandma’s generation, the grandmother had the old American rocking chair seen in so many Norman Rockwell paintings. I, as a new mother, wanted the newest and best. And that, in my time as a new parent, was a fancy Bentwood version. Unfortunately, the best place to now find those Bentwood rockers is […]

Grandma Gives Positive Solutions to Mother’s Day Disappointment and Family Discord

Carolyn Hax, on May 24, 2015 in the Miami Herald, wrote concerning a letter received about Mother’s Day disappointment. Family fallout from holidays can last forever. Disappointment over expectation is what Carolyn Hax addresses in, “She’s upset over Mother’s Day card.” Here is the letter: Dear Carolyn: My son knows that a card says a […]

Grace and Frankie, and Grandma Find a Home on Netflix, If Only We Could Turn On Our Smart TV

There are some admissions this Grandma can make in this blog that she would never admit out loud. This Grandma can remember coming home from school, turning on the black and white tiny television in the living room, and watching the circular test pattern on the screen until Howdy Doody came on. Television was a […]

Being a Boomer Grandma is Like a Triple Decker Sandwich

In the Miami Herald, March 20, 2015, Joe Cardona wrote an editorial about “A Generation between the Young and the Old,” bemoaning his middle age recognition that he is part of the “sandwich generation, “caring for his elderly father and raising a child. He says he is one of a large sandwich generation, “according to […]