Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bowls Made Hard . . . Or the Easy Way . . . With Grandchildren of All Ages

Our grandchildren love raw cookie dough.  It was so difficult when we first had the raw egg scare and then the uncooked flour scare.  See previous 2017 post, “Safely Making Homemade Cookie Dough and Adding It to Safe Homemade Ice Cream.”  That previous post included a recipe for homemade cookie dough and then adding it […]

Becoming the Matriarch of a Holocaust Survivor Family in 2020, Seventy Five Years after the Holocaust

It is not without irony that 2020 is ushered in with the death of the last living Holocaust survivor from our family. My Mother, GG (Great Grandmother) Frieda always used to say that “everyone has something.”  She said we each have that something, tsuris, Yiddish for troubles or woes or aggravation.  You may think your […]

When As A Grandparent, You Are Asked If You Love The First Grandchild the Best

When the first grandchild is born, it is a life passage event for the parents, but it is also a life passage event for the grandparents.  The entire dynamics of the family change.  We grandparents take second place, or might I suggest last place. We grandparents now are at the mercy of the parents of […]

The Three Best Tips on How to Introduce Our Grandchildren to Sesame Streets’ Breakthroughs, As Relevant Today As They Were Fifty Years Ago

Sesame Street is 50 years old!  For us Boomer grandparents, that means that our children were the first to experience Sesame Street.  The concept was revolutionary at the time.  No commercials to tempt the young ones to overdose on sugar or for them to ask us to buy the newest fad.  It was and is […]

New York Magazine’s Top Rated Family Board Games on Amazon Make Winners For This Holiday Season and Beyond

When the holidays are coming, this Grandma is looking for alternatives to electronics for the grandchildren that they will be interested in enough to take their attention away from screens for even a few minutes.   New York Magazine’s editors publish a column called The Strategist that this Grandma loves.  If you are interested in how […]

How To Select the Best Award Winning Toys For All Ages For Holidays 2019

Even our toddler grandchildren crave electronics.  Our youngest grandson, only nineteen months old, can manipulate the I Phone during Face Time and has no problem pressing any and all buttons.  It seems that he believes we are in the telephone as he blows kisses and actually kisses the I Phone.  No, we are not getting […]

Missing Thanksgiving Magic – Cookie Bars — and Significant Family Presence

This Thanksgiving our youngest daughter, our son-in-law, and their three of our precious grandchildren did not make it to Florida. Our grandson, their oldest, had an ice hockey tournament. It is hard for grandparents to understand how a children’s sports team is oblivious to the fact that American families are scattered hither and yon across […]

Matching Books and Organic Sleepwear For Sizes Two to Ten Make the Best Holiday Gift for 2019

There are certain websites that I have signed up with, usually because they relate to something dealing with grandchildren.  Hatley is one of them.  The mother of our youngest grandchild loves Hatley organic sleepwear.  Whenever I ask what to bring for a visit present for the youngest, a toddler, she does not say toys, sometimes […]

If You Have A Toddler Grandchild, Baby Shark Has Already Invaded Your Brain, and Will Add To Your Holiday Shopping List

On our last visit to our youngest grandchild, a toddler, his eight year old brother was humming a tune we grandparents were not familiar with.  We asked him what he was humming.  He said “Baby Shark,” as his younger brother loved it.  He said the song gets into your head and you cannot stop humming […]

Fake Food Now Extends to Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese When the Real Thing is Grandchildren’s Favorite

Grandpa and I just returned from Sicily and Malta, where farm to table is the norm.  The food was natural and fresh with no preservatives, not like the United States where fake food is an art.  Even just today in the newspapers, articles included discussion of hormones in meats and how most fast food chains […]

The Explosion Cake With A Special Surprise To Make For or With Grandchildren

This Grandma makes reservations.  As a working mother, I rarely cooked and never baked.  My Mother, GG Frieda, was an outstanding cook and even more outstanding baker.  She made all holiday meals and baked fresh bread and cakes for them until just before she died.  I watched her for hours at a time, but never […]

Grandma’s Top Five Cleanliness in Public Tips For Grandchildren

When our eldest was being toilet trained, she fixated on only using the home toilet.  We had to return home for her to go or, the good news and bad news was that she would hold it until we got home.  Needless to say, this limited our range of movement.  I do not know why […]

If Allowances Are A Tool To Teach About Money, How Grandparents’ “Bank” Is Perfect

The Harris Poll recently did a survey for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants about parents’ allowances for children, reported in the New York Times, October 5, 2019. The article title explains the results and concerns as a result: “Children’s Allowances Have Grown.  Why Not Savings? Parents Hand Out $30 a Week on Average, […]

Five Best Tips To Maximize and Personalize Your Group Tour or Travel to Anywhere in the World

PopPop and I consider ourselves world travelers. After all, we have conquered all the wonders of the world on every world list, except two in dangerous areas of the world and those that no longer exist. We have done so on group tours, with private guides, or totally on our own created itineraries.  We have […]

Grandparents Also need a Handy List of Questions to Ask Grandchildren That Will Get Them To Share About Their Day

We grandparents have Face Time. We grandparents have texting. We grandparents have old fashioned telephone contact. When we ask our grandchildren about school or activities, we grandparents, as do the grandchildren’s parents, get the plain old “fine” or “good.” We want to keep our grandchildren talking. This Grandma tries everything. I talk to the parents […]

The “Game Of Life” Has Changed Drastically Even For Our Early Elementary Grandchildren With More Choices Than We Boomer Grandparents Ever Imagined

The 50th Anniversary of “The Game Of Life” is considered the classic edition. The original game came out in 1960, when this Grandma was at the end of high school years, about to embark on my own game of life. I guess we Boomers are the classic edition. The “twists and turns” of life seemed […]

Remembering My Father and the Meaningfulness of How Many Years Ago He Passed

It is the tradition of our Jewish faith to remember the anniversary of the death of our loved ones by lighting a Yahrzeit memorial candle.* September 1 is the 30th Anniversary of my Father’s death. I lit a candle in his memory. He always used the phrase, “this is unbelievable.” It is unbelievable that he […]

Convincing Adults to Get the HPV Vaccine For Themselves Is a Hard Sell When Maybe It Should Not Be In Certain Circumstances

According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. The HPV vaccine is an important development […]

A Spiritual Leader’s Recollected Life Lesson to Share with Grandchildren

The Catholic Priest gave this homily* at the funeral of a dear friend recently.  As he spoke, I recalled that I had heard this life lesson repeated several times before at different houses of worship told by spiritual leaders of many faiths.  Whether it is golf balls or rocks that are used in the story, […]

Our Granddaughter’s Twinning at Yad Vashem’s Special Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour And You Can Do it For Your Teen Too, In Your Home Town, Without Going to Jerusalem, Israel

Holocaust Education is mandated in many states and children all over the United States are taught the horrors of targeting people just because of their religious beliefs.  Our Israel guide introduced us to the Twinning Project at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, which is an outstanding way for a preteen and teen to be educated in […]