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 […]

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

Sedona and the Enchantment resort have everything a family needs for a multigenerational vacation, and the location and amenities are perfect. Sedona, Arizona, is two hours north of Phoenix airport, and coming from different areas of the United States, our multigenerational family was able to coordinate arrival between 9 and 10 am, pick up two […]

The Easiest and Best Way to Detox Grandchildren From Electronics

This Grandma believes that electronics are grandparents’ friend.  When we are tired, or want some quiet time, or especially when we take the grandchildren to a restaurant, having the Ipad or Iphone handy is wonderful.  We can enjoy and the grandchildren really enjoy.  This Grandma has written blogs about electronics before.  The reality is that […]

Our Enchanted 2017 Multigenerational Vacation in Sedona, Arizona at the Enchantment Resort and the Grand Canyon: Part I Top Twelve Tips for Planning

When a multigenerational family reaches an even dozen, and is still growing, preplanning for a vacation takes on a new dimension.  We planned in advance on how and when to experience the Enchantment Resort and the Grand Canyon and Grandpa and I previewed both ahead of time to see if it was worth the cost […]

Best Hotel, Food, and Other Local Secrets From a Local As To Why You Should Visit Fort Lauderdale in July

Standing on the beach watching the fireworks on July 4th, needing a light jacket, made me realize that July in Fort Lauderdale is a secret joy that this Grandma should share. There is a joke that we locals tell: What is the coldest state in the United States?  Florida.  We have the best air conditioning […]

Baby Signals are Grandchildren’s Signals Forever and Not Just About Feeding A Hungry Baby

When I read the New York Times article on June 19, 2017, “Cranky Baby? Feeding Isn’t the Only Answer,” by Dr. Perri Klass, that “[f]eeding a hungry baby can seem like one of the most basic tasks of parenthood, but right from the beginning, the way an individual baby eats, gains weight and grows is […]

A Documentary We Boomer Grandparents Should Watch and Learn Wellness From, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast”

What a combination of interesting people!  This HBO Documentary, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” is the cleverest special now available on television. I cannot but believe that we Boomer grandparents are the target audience.  The blurb on the website includes, “[c]omedy legend Carl Reiner tracks down other celebrated people in their 90s […]

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.  […]