Archives Must Reads For New Grandparents. 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 […]

Stephen Fred Goldenberg AKA PopPop Obituary

For our children and grandchildren, PopPop’s obituary was published in the Sun Sentinel, Sunday, March 11, 2023.  It will always be on the website Stephen Fred Goldenberg, age 76, passed away March 1, 2023, surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of his home, overlooking the ocean, his favorite view, exactly as he wanted. […]

Archives Must Reads For New Grandparents: 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” […]

When We Boomers, Our Adult Children, and Our Grandchildren Too, Need A Movie Bathroom Break Without Missing Anything Significant in the Movie, There Is An App For That

My mother insists that she toilet trained me at six months. I told her she was trained and could not go anywhere.  My mother demurred. Running the faucet in the sink was the key.  Apparently, running water is now the trigger for me for life.  After reading the article, “ ‘Avatar’ and The Way of […]

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

Blog.1.22.23. When As a Grandparent, You Are Asked If You Love The First Grandchild the Best Returning to Fort Lauderdale on Jet Blue, our preferred carrier between New York and Florida,  a young father (and they are looking younger and younger to this Grandma) was walking up and down the aisle with an adorable baby […]

In Our Society, Most Teenagers and Preteens Have Seen Online Pornography, Hear Pornographic Lyrics, A Six Year Old Child Shot His Teacher, and That is Not The Worst of It

When my grandchildren are in the car with me, I always have Pop Hits I on Sirius. I want to relate to them and their music. . . or so I thought.  My fifteen year old grandson and sixteen year old granddaughter were in the car with me when the new Nicki Minaj song, “Super […]

We Boomer Grandparents Should Consider Being Realistic About Pet Adoption and Include Our Fur Babies in Our Wills and/or Create a Pet Trust for Their Care Upon Our Disability or Death

When PopPop and I were ready to adopt two kittens, we were asked if we had plans for their care after our deaths as their life expectancy is twenty years or more. We did not consider this when we thought to bring these new family members into our home. We adopted two brothers from the […]

Truth, Like Beauty, Is In The Eye Of the Beholder And The Best Advice I Ever Received On How To Keep Your Truth To Yourself

I first started writing this blog because my Judicial Assistant, who became and is a dear long (we never say old) friend, was going to become a grandmother, and she wanted me to share the “grandma lessons” I had learned. It was not long after that, I realized another purpose for the blog was for […]

New Technology gives us a Self Driving Stroller If You Want To Spend As Much as We Boomers Spent on Our First Cars and After A Serious Look Arguably is Justified in 2023

When my father used to tell my brother and me that he bought a loaf of rye bread for a nickel, and we had to buy a loaf of rye bread for a quarter, he told us how awful that was. I also remember getting a quarter on Sundays to attend the movies and also […]

Why and How Instagram Taught Me To Search “Life Hacks” For Simple Solutions to Daily Tasks. Who Knew How Really Helpful Ice Cubes Can Be

Instagram taught me to search “Life Hacks” on Google for simple solutions to daily tasks! Instagram is an application (app) that my preteen grandchild insisted I must have on my I Phone. A free social media platform, Instagram is for sharing photos and videos with your “followers” and to view photos and videos posted by […]

Please Do Not Wait To Tell Your Loved Ones What They Mean to You

We grandparents are at the age when it is getting harder to say we are young. When age 80 is closer than I want to admit, although I work at looking younger and perceive otherwise, others will not see me as young as I would like to see myself. Who is that face in the […]

For the New Year 2023, How Do Grandparents Measure the Year

“Seasons of Love,” the song from the award winning Broadway play, “Rent,” starts out: “five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.  How do you measure, measure a year?” Having just lost two friends in as many weeks, at this moment, being very philosophical, I think we grandparents measure a year by one that gives […]

Holiday Gifts For Grandparents That Are Priceless, Interesting, and Unusual

It is always hard to get grandparents holiday gifts.  All we grandparents want is time with grandchildren.  In that vein, now that COVID is waning, here are ideas for being together or remembering that to grandparents, something that reminds them of the joy is the best gift.  The majority of gifts listed are not expensive […]

For Holiday Gifts 2022, Select the Best Award Winning Toys For Grandchildren and the Coolest Tech Gadgets for All Ages Recommended by my Eleven Year Old Grandson

Even our youngest four year old grandchildren crave electronics. We can give what grandchildren crave by asking them what they want in electronics, but it is likely they have everything already.  No harm in asking though. Another alternative is to think real toys and games for grandchildren and for game nights for the whole family.  […]

Boomer Grandmother’s View on Being Comfortable With The Names You Call or Don’t Call Your In-Laws, The July 2022 On-Line Survey Results, and How To Earn Extra Cash Doing On-Line Surveys

When this Grandma was a newlywed, decades ago, what to call your in-laws was a major dilemma.  I did not want to offend my parents by referring to my in-laws as parents.  I felt more comfortable calling them by Mr. And Mrs.  However, I did not think they would be comfortable with that.  I never […]

Should I Be The Grandma on the Floor No More

One of the absolute best tips I received as a new grandma almost two decades ago was to always be the grandma on the floor.  Of course, I asked what that meant.  My friend explained that to really connect with your grandchild, you really have to spend all your time on the floor–at their level. […]

For a Thanksgiving Dessert, Make Ahead Oreo Ice Cream Cake is the Best: Easy, Simple Ingredients, No Bake and Grandchildren Friendly

Looking for the best and easy make ahead no bake Thanksgiving dessert to make with grandchildren for Thanksgiving, I looked for ice cream cakes made with their favorite oreo cookies and found two listed as the best.  Each uses regular Oreos, not double stuff or other new varieties. . . but I wonder if one […]

The Five Most Important Reasons Why and When NOT To Put Wedding and Family Photographs Away When The Parents of Our Grandchildren Get Divorced

I have addressed this issue before, and seems that it is time to address it again.  Sometimes simple answers do not provide a complete answer to a question. In the May 18, 2021, Washington Post, Ms. Manners answered the following question at the end of her advice column: “Dear Miss Manners: When your child gets […]

Sneakerheads, Hypebeasts, and Other Groups Are New to Boomers But AntiSemitism is the Oldest Prejudice That Has Now Again Infiltrated Our American Culture

You know you are longer (we never say older) when some words your eleven year old grandson introduces you to and tries to explain are the subject of an article more than eight years old from 2014!  “Sneakernomics: Are Sneakerheads important?” by Matt Powell, Forbes Magazine, May 21, 2014. Matt Powell defines sneakerheads: “A formal […]

Young Adult Grandchildren Moving In With Grandparents: What A Joy!

When our oldest grandson was getting ready to leave for college at University of Pennsylvania, I invented an elaborate ruse that I had rented an apartment in downtown Philadelphia, and he could come for dinner with his friends, do his laundry, and even have a quiet place to study. He believed me and the look […]

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