The Best Acknowledgments From Grandchildren When Grandparents Give Them Gifts and 2021 Ideas For Charitable Giving By Grandchildren

Eight years ago, January 27, 2013, I wrote a blog post about thank you notes from grandchildren which was then a topic on the Today Show and on line, “ Should Grandchildren be Forced to Write Grandma a Thank You Note.” I know because the issue is the subject of an inquiry on an ASK […]

The Best 2021 Holiday Presents for Our Preteen, Teenage, and College Aged Grandchildren and What They Want As Presents for The Holidays 2021

In 2014, I wrote a post, “What Our Grandchildren Want as Presents. Then I did not have college aged grandchildren or teenaged grandchildren. It is hard for me to believe that I have a grandchild in college, much less grandchildren in high school and middle school. Much of what I wrote in 2014 holds for […]

Long Distance Grandma Thinks Creatively When Celebrating the Holidays with the Top Four Tips for Making Holidays Joyful

Since the birth of the oldest grandchild, this Grandma realized that celebration of holidays was going to be a challenge being a long distance away. Since then, the oldest set of grandchildren remain in New England, which the parents of the younger set of grandchildren moved from Mid Atlantic to Mid West. This long distance […]

No Bake Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies and Place Cards to Make With Grandchildren

For Thanksgivings past, the preschool grandchildren came home with Thanksgiving decorations that I have kept and still adorn our Thanksgiving table.  Years past, I did arts and crafts and made leaf place cards or let the young grandchildren make place cards of their own creativity.  As much as I could for holidays, I tried to […]

Cars, Trucks, Construction Vehicles and Toys and Books Galore For Holiday Gifts 2021

Having five grandsons means learning a lot about cars, trucks and construction vehicles.  Our youngest grandson, age three, has a girl cousin, also age three.  Watching them at his house playing with his cars, trucks and construction vehicles was enlightening.  They both lined every matchbox size car in a row.  They both use the flatbed […]

A New Baby Has Been Born Into Our Holocaust Family

Yesterday, a new baby was born into our Holocaust family. A new baby in the family is a momentous event but to a Holocaust family, the emotions that it unleashes bring bittersweet memories of what a new life means to the family. Our family is small due the murders of most of the members of […]

Honoring My Mother-In-Law Today and Forever

Ten years ago, I wrote a blog post about my mother-in-law, “My Mother-in-Law, the Star,” honoring her and everything about her which made her special to me as a mother-in-law, and special to everyone in our family as our GG, great grandmother, and matriarch of our family. GG Lee was eighty-eight years old ten years […]

Take the Spookiness Out of Halloween 2021 with A Celebration of National Cookie Month

Halloween was and is always special to this Grandma. It enabled me, as a long distance grandma, to help select and buy Halloween costumes for the grandchildren since they were babies. See, for example, “It’s Time to Find the Best Halloween Costume for Grandchildren Again,”  and “Halloween Costumes are a Great Grandma Gift,” and other […]

Little Known Natural Helpful Tips For Living With Palpitations, Dizziness, and Low Blood Pressure

This Grandma loves Western medicine and Eastern medicine alternatives. Although I hate needles, I have found acupuncture helpful at times. The key is the expertise of the acupuncturist and honesty about whether or not acupuncture will help for the ailment. Best of all, I love natural methods that work for dealing with medical issues. I […]

COVID-19 shots For Kids 5-12 A No Brainer: What You May Not Know And Should Share

PFIZER HAS OFFICIALLY ASKED THE FDA TO AUTHORIZE THE COVID-19 VACCINE FOR KIDS AGED 5-11 AND AUTHORIZATION SHOULD BE FORTHCOMING SOON. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS WANTS TO SEE THE COVID-19 VACCINE APPROVED FOR CHILDREN AGED 5-11. Skipping or delaying any childhood vaccinations is dangerous. COVID-19 SHOTS FOR KIDS 5-12 IS A NO BRAINER: WHAT […]

Three Preschooler Studies That Will Make Parents of Our Grandchildren Lives Better

This Grandma has collected Science Daily reported Baby Studies for over a decade and recently wrote a post on six of the best that include easy to incorporate tips during interactions with your baby and toddler grandchildren and to pass along to their parents. I also collect Science Daily reported studies on preschoolers. There are […]

I AM A REFUGEE. I LOVE AMERICA

One Sunday morning, I was watching news reels of Afghan refugees carrying babies. It hit home to me, as I was a baby brought to America at six months old by my Holocaust survivor parents. I sat down at the computer and began to write what I intended to be a blog post. After I […]

From Facebook About How Living Longer Brings Learning and Wisdom To Share to Improve Quality of Life

This Grandma is new to social media. When I was a sitting judge in Florida, I was constrained from participating in social media. I never participated in Facebook and, retired from the bench, really enjoy it now. Posts from my friends and acquaintances keep me connected in this COVID era. I am reluctant to pass […]

Thinking Posts About Masks Were Done Months Ago: Back To School With Masked Grandchildren is Not What This Grandma Expected

When I wrote the last blog post about masks, I really thought it was going to be my last. Now with schools starting in Florida, parents are fighting for and against masks in school. The school board in Broward County, where Fort Lauderdale is located, has determined that the only safe way to open schools […]

Six Studies That Give Useful Tips On Stimulation, Brain and Vocabulary Development in Babies and Toddlers

This Grandma has collected Science Daily reported Baby Studies for over a decade. Here are six of the best that include easy to incorporate tips during interactions with your baby and toddler grandchildren and to pass along to their parents. NEWBORN TO THREE MONTHS Many times, we think the newborn is a blob that just […]

Easy Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cake Recipe Especially With Grandchildren Who Love to Play in the Dirt

Our youngest grandchild has the largest sandbox at home created by his handy father. Nevertheless, he took his wagon, favorite excavator (he has many as he loves this construction vehicle), shovel, and went right for the dirt where his father was planting. He is always more interested in playing in the dirt. It does not […]

.Good News For Us Postmenopausal Chocoholics: An Extra Large Milk Chocolate Bar Twice A Day Is Found to Have Health Benefits

This Grandma is an unapologetic chocoholic. As I previously shared, I fed my first baby warmed chocolate fudge at three months old, one baby spoonful for her and one baby spoonful for me. Before you gasp in horror, know it was the dark ages nearly five decades ago when we did not know better. A […]

What Family Vacations, Grandchildren, and Grandparent Electronics Lessons Have in Common

Not especially tech savvy, I wait for family vacations to pester our older grandchildren and ask their help to make my use of electronics more user friendly. The best is when they, by happenstance, see me struggling with something and teach me a trick that is indispensable to my life. This may seem like an […]

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

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 a divorce, when should you put the wedding pictures and other family photos away?” Miss Manners’ answer: “When your child gets a divorce.” That is an easy answer […]