The Best and Worst About Our Grandchildren Safely Going To School This Coming School Year While the Pandemic, COVID-19, Is Still Among Us

This Grandma interviewed the three oldest grandchildren to preserve their memories about what life is like during the pandemic.  The questions included was the worst thing about their isolation during the lockdown due to the pandemic.  See post, “What Will Our Grandchildren Remember About Living Through The Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19 and How To Memorialize their […]

A Humorous and Profound View on What We Have Learned from Covid-19: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

A friend who is an outstanding writer shared an article she wrote for her local community newsletter and gave me permission to share it with you. We all need a laugh at this time and I think the laughs you get will be more than you expected. I thank Nancy Schaal, the author, for sharing […]

The Six Best Tips for Car Travel in the Time of Coronavirus, Covid-19

With the corona virus pandemic, we do not want to leave the house, much less travel any distance. Yes, staying home is getting old. But, travel is now anxiety ridden and just plain scary. Life in the time of Covid-19 means weighing risk tolerance and just how much risk one is willing to take, especially […]

Grandma’s List of Five Best and Five Worst Toddler Toys and Gifts

After six grandchildren and many toddler gifts, this Grandma has listened to her daughters and daughter-in-law rave and complain about gifts and toys. Of course, when we give a toddler gift, we want the toddler to be happy, if not overjoyed. Here are some do’s and dont’s from this experienced Grandma. As much as I […]

Father’s Day 2020 is a Father’s Day Like No Other and Consider Gifts Like No Other Year

We are in the midst of once in a century and half century traumatic events. There are protests in the street after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our country continues to exhibit institutionalized racism, another plague which should be immediately addressed. We are in the sixth month of dealing with a Covid-19 pandemic. […]

Grandparents May Be the Answer To The War Against Vaccines

Beginning around 2013, I read that the Russians first tried a social media campaign against vaccination in the United States as a test to see if they could be successful using that medium to turn Americans against vaccinating our children. See, “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate,” American Journal […]

For A Sweet Relief From Seriousness of the Pandemic, Ice Cream Bread To Try Out For Yourself With The Leftover Rainbow Sprinkles You Cannot Now Share With Your Grandchildren or Zoom Make it With Them And More No Bake Ideas

Pandemic Pounds.  That is what I call the extra weight I am carrying around due to a sweet tooth and being home all the time to overdo.  Yes, we add bakery items to our Instacart Publix shopping list.  As an aside, we may never go into a supermarket again as we are getting used to […]

A Child of Holocaust Survivors View of Surviving the Coronavirus, Covid-19

For the very first time in over seven decades, I decided that I would participate in an on line video group of second generation Holocaust survivors led by an expert who is a second generation herself, who I had previously heard speak, in a discussion, “Intergenerational Transmission of Hope: The Legacy of Trauma in the […]

The Truth About Boomers Filling Each Day During the Coronavirus Pandemic, and Why It is Important to America’s Economy To Pay Attention to Us

It is May 2020, and we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19.  We Boomers have been self isolating or quarantining since the beginning of March. We Boomers, who are grandparents, miss visiting our grandchildren and activities and outings with friends, travel, and so many activities that had consumed our lives before the […]

A 2020 Mother’s Day that Means Thinking Differently About A Gift and Five of the Best Gift Options For Mother or Grandmother or Great Grandmother

Never before have we had to be apart “social distancing” from our loved ones under the circumstances of a world-wide pandemic.  Many of us, like this Grandma, typically tried to have personal contact with our children and grandchildren for Mother’s Day, even traveling long distances to be together.   Now, we must savor FaceTime, video texts, […]

Best 2020 Baby, Toddler, and Young Grandchild Gifts for Quarantined Parents and Parents-to-be

Researching for this blog post, this Grandma came across the most interesting brand new potty.  Yes, with two grandsons now over age two, this caught my eye.  I wish it had existed when I was toilet training our children when they were young.  I found toilet training to be one of the worst parenting chores, […]

What Will Our Grandchildren Remember About Living Through The Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19 and How To Memorialize their Memories With Them and For Them

During this time of the coronavirus pandemic, my dear friends and I reminisce about our childhoods and early adulthoods and the significant events that have been seared into our memories.  Most seem to put President John F. Kennedy’s assassination among the top memories.  We can remember where we were when we got the news.  We […]

From A Child of Holocaust Survivors Who Never Knew Grandparents: In 2020, We May Have to Picture Our World Without Grandparents

Until this date, March 24, 2020, the coronavirus outbreak, dangerous to us Boomers, has meant PopPop and I had to self quarantine, and we have already done so for over three weeks.  We still have FaceTime and innovative ways to “visit” with our grandchildren.  Dear grandparent friends whose grandchildren are local are taking to parking […]

Dear Grandchildren, The Year 2020 is Cancelled

This Grandma just got off the telephone with our oldest grandson, age 16, a junior in high school.  It is March 16, 2020 at the end of the workday. He is on spring break. As I had done, he also just listened to the President institute greater restrictions on travel and a maximum gatherings of […]

Blue Colors Are So Different To Learn and Paint with Grandchildren and A Special Blue is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020

Every year this Grandma loves learning about the Pantone choice of “Color of the Year.”  This year, Pantone’s newly created blue, called “Classic Blue” is especially interesting. Our youngest grandson, almost two, is learning many words for things, including colors.  It seems that everything is the color “blue” to him.  He holds up a yellow […]

Introducing Salad to Grandchildren Putting Fruits and Vegetables On A Pedestal First and Other Art Installation Projects

Honoring fruits and vegetables by putting them on a pedestal never occurred to this Grandmother.  It took an artist exhibiting at the Whitney Museum in New York to creatively come up with this idea.  Darren Bader’s work stands alone in the gallery. “Fresh fruits and vegetables—“nature’s impeccable sculpture,” according to Bader—are presented as formal objects […]

The Terrible Twos From This Grandma’s perspective and SEVEN TIPS THAT WORK for the Sanity of Grandma and the Safety of Our Precious “TWOISH” Grandchildren

I nearly drowned the last visit with our youngest grandchild, nearly overwhelmed as our precious youngest grandson, 21 months old, began to exhibit “the terrible twos.” I just learned it is supposed to be called the wonderful twos, as our toddlers are learning to be people.  No, our grandson is fully immersed in the terrible […]

Becoming the Matriarch of a Holocaust Survivor Family in 2020, Seventy Five Years after the Holocaust

It is not without irony that 2020 is ushered in with the death of the last living Holocaust survivor from our family. My Mother, GG (Great Grandmother) Frieda always used to say that “everyone has something.”  She said we each have that something, tsuris, Yiddish for troubles or woes or aggravation.  You may think your […]

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

When the first grandchild is born, it is a life passage event for the parents, but it is also a life passage event for the grandparents.  The entire dynamics of the family change.  We grandparents take second place, or might I suggest last place. We grandparents now are at the mercy of the parents of […]

The Three Best Tips on How to Introduce Our Grandchildren to Sesame Streets’ Breakthroughs, As Relevant Today As They Were Fifty Years Ago

Sesame Street is 50 years old!  For us Boomer grandparents, that means that our children were the first to experience Sesame Street.  The concept was revolutionary at the time.  No commercials to tempt the young ones to overdose on sugar or for them to ask us to buy the newest fad.  It was and is […]