Top Five Tips for Planning The Perfect Travel Experiences for the First Three Years Of Retirement

This Grandma and Grandpa have a bucket list of seeing all of the wonders of the world.  Just when we thought we had completed seeing all of the wonders that still exist on various lists, a new list emerged.  That is wonderful, as it gives us more wonders to look forward to. It occurred to […]

Archives Must Reads For New Grandmas. Part II What To Buy, From Equipment to Toys and Gifts

As this Grandma said in Part I, a dear long friend, who is becoming a grandma for the first time, asked me to give her my must reads for new grandmas from my archives. I wanted to give an idea of the varied content, from tips to gifts, to do’s and do not’s. There is […]

Archives Must Reads For New Grandmas: Part I Grandma Lessons and Tips

A dear long friend, who is becoming a grandma for the first time, asked me to give her my must reads for new grandmas from my archives. I wanted to give an idea of the varied content, from tips to gifts, to do’s and do not’s. There is a search feature.  I put in “newborn” […]

The Best New Baby Gear Recommendations From Parents Who Just Had Their Third Baby in less Than Five Years

Sometimes the best advice grandma can give on research as to what gear is needed  for a new baby is to recommend that the parents-to-be call parents who have just had their third baby in less than five years. That is just what I did. In our family, we happen to have new parents to […]

Why We Boomers Should Respect and Acknowledge the Long Term Marriages Among Us

Being fortunate to be able to celebrate the anniversary of long years of our marriage, this Grandma appreciates what it took Grandpa and me to get here.  I find it difficult, even after being considered by some among professional circles as an expert in Florida family law, to quantify what that means. Professionally, I have […]

This Grandma’s Case For a Breakfast Feast Grandchildren Would Want For Breakfast, Part I

In order to understand this Grandma’s recommendation that grandchildren should be fed a breakfast feast grandchildren would want for breakfast, I must review separate new studies that appeared in the news this week, both which relate to obesity, one on the new American Pediatric Association protocols because of effects of high blood pressure on children […]

Enjoying the Summer Sleep Away Camp Effect While It Lasts

Grandpa and I try to visit our grandchildren before they leave for summer sleep away camp each year.   Three are now old enough* to give their parents this welcome break from the responsibility and hard work of parenting.  The days before camp trunks are picked up are hectic and busy, but the grandchildren begin to […]

An “Out of This World” Must Do Experience is The &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia, Africa

This Grandma read that within the first three years of retirement, Boomers travel all the time.  We all think we are unique, but we discover all of us are the same.  Grandpa and I have gone to Paris, San Francisco, Arizona with the family, Cuba and now Africa in 2017.  We still have one trip […]

This Grandma Says Always Go To The Parent of Your Grandchildren Who Is Your Child First About Any Issue To Have the Most Access To and The Best Relationship With Your Grandchildren

This Grandma has several mantras, which you can see by reviewing the archives of this blog.     Grandparenting should be all joy and no responsibility. See the first post on this blog, “How to be the Best Grandma in the World with the Most Joy and Least Responsibility.” Another mantra is to honor the gatekeepers, the […]

Why Boomer Grandparents Should Pay Attention to How Grandchildren Adapt to Change

School is starting again and summer routines turn into school routines for our grandchildren.  Just like us for us adults, change is difficult for children.  We all like things stressless and change brings stress.  We all like routine and change brings disruption to our routine.  I believe we adults would rather deal with the devil […]

The Big Five in The Perfection of An Intimate Luxurious Safari Experience At Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands Reserve and Lodges, Sabi Sands Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Our Boomer grandparent bucket list of seeing wonders of the world included Victoria Falls in Africa, so Grandpa and I headed off to experience all of the wonders of southern Africa.  We saw Table Mountain in Cape Town, now on a new wonders list, the New7Wonders list, and proceeded to a safari, before heading to […]

The Need to Coordinate Your Health Care and Of Those You Love And How

Whatever age, we have to consider how to coordinate our own health care.  Boomers are the sandwich generation and have to worry about not only ourselves but those we love younger (and much younger, our grandchildren) and our parents, if we are fortunate to still have them with us.  Our adult children are not as […]

The Perfect 36 Hour Stopover Experience in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

We Boomers are way ahead of the Millennials.  We have known experiences trump possessions, as Millenials seem to have just discovered.  Experiences are what we crave and we know experiences will bring life fulfillment.  Since Grandpa and I went to India in 2005 and members of our group raved about an overnight stopover to Dubai […]

Things We Learned In Kindergarten and How to Cope and Have Our Children and Grandchildren Cope With Current Events From Michael Balaban, President & CEO Jewish Federation of Broward County

This email was sent to many of us in South Florida Friday, August 18, 2017, from Michael Balaban, President & CEO Jewish Federation of Broward County. No further words can or need be spoken.  It should be shared.   With Little Joy, Mema   “This should be an exciting time filled with preparing our children […]

More Germs Than We Want to Know About Surround Us

If you subscribe to this blog, and you can on the home page where it says to “subscribe” to receive two posts per week by email, you would think this Grandma is compulsive about germs.  However, previous “germ” posts are nothing like that. Dirt, Nuts, Bad Hygiene and Habits Such As Nail Biting and Thumb […]

Why Our Grandchildren Should Learn Mandarin Chinese Sooner Rather Than Later

Our cousins in San Francisco have always had a nanny who speaks Mandarin Chinese.  Once their eldest was ready for preschool, they enrolled him in a Chinese speaking and Chinese emersion preschool.  We get videos of this adorable child at school.  Their youngest child is still with the same nanny who has spoken Chinese to […]

The Five Love Languages Apply to Grandchildren Too

At a professional luncheon, a few years ago,  a new mother, a forty something marital and family lawyer, asked me if I had read the book by Dr. Gary Chapman, “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts.” Dr. Gary Chapman is a family counselor, radio host, associate pastor and author of several […]

What is a Whiplash Grandma and Five Top Tips On How To Give All Your Cluster Grandchildren Individual Attention

Our dear cousin is a whiplash grandma.  She laughed when I named her that.  She has had five grandchildren born in five years.  When her children clustered their babies close together, her head spun trying to be of assistance, as well as enjoy them.  Her grandchildren were born so close together that she has not […]

Why We Should Happily Feed Our Grandchildren Healthy Watermelon and Enjoy It Ourselves

I love watermelon.  It is the best summer treat.  I always thought it was full of calories and little else, lacking any nutrition.  As a grandma, I always feed my grandchildren watermelon.  I am not that concerned about nutrition, as we grandmas are all joy and no responsibility.  On twitter recently, was a WebMd tweet, […]

Our Enchanted 2017 Multigenerational Vacation in Sedona, Arizona at the Enchantment Resort and the Grand Canyon: Part III The Best Itinerary for Sedona, the Enchantment Resort, and the Grand Canyon

Once the entire multigenerational family agreed on location and travel arrangements, this Grandma went to work on the best itinerary for the vacation in Sedona, at the Enchantment Resort, and for the Grand Canyon.  Tripadvisor is a great resource.  It is this Grandma’s first choice.  I also check Conde Nast Traveler on line, Travel and […]