Archives for June 2017

The Absolute Best Thing to Send your Grandchildren in Summer Camp Now That We No Longer Can Send Packages

This Grandma planned summer camp packages for grandchildren in sleep away camp months ahead. I collected items, created items, boxed them, and was ready to post them in intervals before their parents’ had packed their trunks. I then prepared letters for every other day, and preordered www.greetingcarduniverse.com cards to be automatically posted for the inbetween […]

Why Life Happens With Tears and Life Happens With Laughter and With Knowledge Comes Power to Understand and Cope With Life’s Challenges

When I was growing up, if something good happened and I told my Holocaust survivor mother, GG (great-grandmother), she said “pooh, pooh” and made a spitting sound, and said, “don’t give it a kenahora.”  She would remind me that although something good will happen in life, be careful, because something bad is going to follow.  […]

Are Your Grandchildren Ready For An Emergency and Know How to Call 911?

This Grandma watches the Today Show as much as possible.  One of my favorite segments is “Rossen Reports.”  May 8, 2017, “Would your child know how to call 911 in an emergency?” was Jeff Rossen’s focus.  He showed several children being asked if they knew what to do in an emergency.  Only one did.  And […]

The Secrets of “Grandparents: The Grandbabies’ Great Reward” Revealed

Our dear grandparent friends whispered that they bought Florida Prepaid College Plans for each of their grandchildren upon each baby’s birth. Our grandparent cousins whispered that they funded 529 plans for their grandchildren’s college educations. Our grandparent neighbors whispered that they pay for private preschool for their grandchildren. Our long (we never say old) grandparent […]

Great Grandmother’s Jello Mold is Part of the Fabric of Our Traditions And Jello Even Works for Your Family Traditions for the Upcoming July Fourth Holiday

When this Grandma was a child, Jello was a favored dessert.  We had different flavors and ingredients put into different size Tupperware molds.  My favorite was cherry Jello, with canned fruit cocktail in it.  When I think of the calories and probably the lack of nutrition, I cringe.  I fed my children Jello, mostly when […]

The Best Reasons Why and How to See Cuba Now And The Best Reasons to Wait

Grandpa and I recently returned from a trip to Havana.  I cannot say we just returned from a vacation in Cuba, because we intentionally limited our visit to Havana, and Cuba is not yet up to American standards so cannot really be called a vacation spot.  We are intrepid world travelers who concentrate on the […]

What A Grandchild Quitting Something Teaches Grandma and Grandpa As Well As the Grandchild

Even before Christine Gray’s mother stated in “Fifty Shades of Gray,” that children should be exposed to a second language, music lessons and a sport, this Grandma tried to do that with our children over nearly forty years ago.  The sport turned out to be tap and ballet, and each child stopped fairly quickly.  The […]

Best Father’s Day Gender Neutral Gifts For Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers And Using this Holiday to Explore the Issue of Gender Stereotypes and Gender Neutrality With Grandchildren

Each year, before this Grandma writes posts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I scour the newspapers, magazines, and internet for fabulous ideas for gifts for family members and to share on this blog.  This year, I noticed that most of the suggested gifts, whether in print media or on the internet, were gender specific.  […]

We Boomer Grandparents are Seventy Million Strong and Now Have the Greatest Power To Change Our World

The May 2017 AARP Bulletin had a lead story on how we Boomers are “The Grandparent Boom! A Record 70 Million Americans have Grandchildren.”  One third of American adults (adults defined by AARP, not this Grandma, as those over age 30) are grandparents as of 2014. One AARP statistic that was of interest to me […]

Why This Grandma Thinks Procrastination is A Disease of Retirement And The Cure

This Grandma prides herself on a lifetime of organization and the ability to multi task and get things done.  I hate “To Do” lists and all my working life, almost half a century, those lists were limited in number and accomplished with speed.  When I look back, I wonder how I did as much as […]