Golden Retriever Buddies Movies Are Boomer Grandparents’ Best Home Movie Friends

We are in an era where families are having movie nights and board game nights and that is fabulous bonding time.  I find that I am competing to take grandchildren to movies that are appropriate for them, and there are few that I thoroughly enjoy as well.  It was my grandchildren who introduced me to […]

Bugaboo Steps Aside for UPPAbaby

My favorite picture of myself as a baby has me sitting up in a huge fancy baby carriage. When I had my first child, now nearly 45 years ago, I looked for a fancy baby carriage. They were not in vogue. Strollers were in. When my first grandchild was born nearly fifteen years ago, I […]

Happiness is Now Taught In College As the Younger Generation Seems to Need Be Taught What Happiness Is

The big news across media platforms that are viewed by us Boomers is Professor Laurie Santos’s “Psychology and the Good Life,” course at Yale that has nearly 1,200 students signed up.  See the New York Times, January 26, 2018, “Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness, by David Shimerjan. The New York Times article addresses the […]

Two Best Baked Apple Recipes With No Added Sugar For Toddlers To Adults

We know sugar is our enemy.  As a post menopausal woman, I was advised that my body could not process sugar but could process fat, and that I should cut sugar from my diet for weight maintenance.  I now do not worry as much about how much fat is in a food, but I monitor […]

Put The Lion King on Your Radar Screen: The Large Screen, the Small Screen and On the Stage

“The Lion King” live stage musical is the most successful production of any work in any media in entertainment, and it deserves to be.  It is having a run around the country and it is a great treat to enjoy with grandchildren, and introduce them to a live theatre musical performance.  On the Lion King […]

Why We Should We Stop Teaching Our Children and Grandchildren to Hug, Kiss, and Even Shake Hands Upon Greeting Others and What We Should Advocate Instead

Just this past week, Grandpa and I went to see a new doctor whose office was located inside a local hospital.  The doctor’s nurse who greeted us reached out to shake hands.  We declined.  The doctor, when entering the examination room, reached out to shake hands.  We declined.  Did we wonder about our care to […]

Inter-generational Friendships and Paying It Forward In the Decades of Life

Hearing my oldest daughter appreciate advice she received from someone who is a decade older who has already been through what my daughter is now experiencing with educational and extracurricular choices and decisions regarding the grandchildren reminded me of the importance of having friends one decade and two decades older than oneself. I told her […]

We Grandparents Are Role Models For Civics and Civility And Good Manners To Our Grandchildren And More

I grimace and shake my head every time I am stopped at a crosswalk and a person with earbuds staring at his or her phone walks into the street without even looking up. Or the person is before me in the supermarket line paying without looking up at the cashier or anyone but the screen […]

Pizza For Breakfast Is Finally Getting the Respect It Deserves and This Grandma’s Case For a Breakfast Feast Grandchildren Would Want For Breakfast, Part II

If you follow this blog, you will already know that this Grandma is obsessed with the concept of “Pizza for Breakfast” as a special grandma treat when with grandchildren.  That was one of the first “Grandma Lessons” I received from a very experienced grandma at a conference I was attending.  I proceeded to write several […]

Surprise at the Continuing Misunderstanding Regarding Joint Custody and What Grandparents Should Know About How To Handle Disputes Between the Parents of Our Grandchildren

Grandparents should only take one side in disputes between the parents of our grandchildren–the side of the grandchildren.  Parental disputes mean remaining neutral for grandparents, as there are no grandparent rights–if something happens to the parent of the grandchildren who is your child, if you alienate the other parent, you may never see your grandchildren […]

What We Should Know About Science Daily, Tell the Parents of Our Grandchildren about It, and What Is Reported About when To Introduce Foods to Babies

My brother forwarded me an article about a report on when to introduce foods to babies in an online publication called “Science Daily.”  In addition to reading about this topic, I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and saw many topics of interest to the parents of our baby grandchildren.  On the topics […]

The Six Best Reasons For Boomer Grandparents to Buy an iPhone X

This is the first time in this Grandma‘s life that I am finally considered the most cool by my grandchildren. Why? Because PopPop (grandpa) and I got two of the first iPhone Xs. It was a pleasure to impress our oldest teenage grandson by letting him know, when he watched people lined up for hours […]

What Purple, The 2018 Color of the Year, Has To Do With The Washington Post and The New York Times Rivalry And A Subliminal Political Message for The Coming Year

The Color Purple has a history in our family before the 1985 outstanding movie with Whoopi Goldberg.  In 1982, our youngest daughter was three.  She always demanded her own way since birth, but at age three she decided she would only wear the color purple.  At the time, she had a few clothing items in […]

The Cause Of and the Cure For “The New Grandma Backache”

Even if you’re not yet a grandma or you’re a grandma of many grandchildren, here is what you need to know about “The New Grandma Backache.” This is not your ordinary, run-of- the- mill, backache. You don’t know it yet, but you have an area specific and circumstance specific backache. All you know is that […]

Best Five Tips for Experiencing Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland

In this past first year of retirement, Grandpa and I traveled several continents and finished those Wonders of the World Lists that are safe to visit, and some not so safe.  We left out only two, which are too dangerous for even us. Having completed our “travel bucket list,” we started on experiencing those places […]

If I Knew I Were Dying, What Would I Want To Talk About Now

Last year, I wrote a blog post titled, “If I Knew I Were Dying, What Would I Want To Talk About Now.”  I had then recently watched, The PBS NewsHour, which presented Hospice Chaplain Carrie Egan, in an “In My Humble Opinion” segment called “Don’t Wait Till Your Dying Words to Say What’s Most Important.”  […]

Best Easy Make Ahead Baked French Toast For Holiday Brunches And Five More Special French Toast Recipes For Grandchildren Visits

One of the most requested breakfasts from our grandchildren is for this Grandma to make french toast, especially on a school day, where Grandma has the time and inclination to make a “fancy” breakfast while parents are too harried.  I learned several years ago to add a small amount of milk to the beaten eggs […]

2018 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy

For New Years 2017, this Grandma wrote “2017 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy.”  When I sat down to write this year’s message, the draft mirrored 2017.  I realized that sharing the 2017 feelings was a most overwhelming task for me, and opened up on memories that […]

The One Best Website for Finding the Best Children’s Books For Our Grandchildren of All Ages

From a new baby registry to holiday presents to visit presents to school required reading at all ages, books connect us with our grandchildren and we want our grandchildren to connect us with books.  We have reached to era where we grandparents tend to read books on our electronic devices, so we have to tell […]

Have Fidget Spinners Quickly Gone the Way of Hula Hoops and Pet Rocks And Should They?

If you have a grandchild old enough to say the word, he or she has a fidget spinner in their hand.  My son-in-law credits me with being the first to introduce spinners to our grandchildren.  However, it was our oldest who first showed a fidget spinner to me, so he was able to explain the […]