Enjoying the Summer Sleep Away Camp Effect While It Lasts

Grandpa and I try to visit our grandchildren before they leave for summer sleep away camp each year.   Three are now old enough* to give their parents this welcome break from the responsibility and hard work of parenting.  The days before camp trunks are picked up are hectic and busy, but the grandchildren begin to […]

An “Out of This World” Must Do Experience is The &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia, Africa

This Grandma read that within the first three years of retirement, Boomers travel all the time.  We all think we are unique, but we discover all of us are the same.  Grandpa and I have gone to Paris, San Francisco, Arizona with the family, Cuba and now Africa in 2017.  We still have one trip […]

This Grandma Says Always Go To The Parent of Your Grandchildren Who Is Your Child First About Any Issue To Have the Most Access To and The Best Relationship With Your Grandchildren

This Grandma has several mantras, which you can see by reviewing the archives of this blog.     Grandparenting should be all joy and no responsibility. See the first post on this blog, “How to be the Best Grandma in the World with the Most Joy and Least Responsibility.” Another mantra is to honor the gatekeepers, the […]

Why Boomer Grandparents Should Pay Attention to How Grandchildren Adapt to Change

School is starting again and summer routines turn into school routines for our grandchildren.  Just like us for us adults, change is difficult for children.  We all like things stressless and change brings stress.  We all like routine and change brings disruption to our routine.  I believe we adults would rather deal with the devil […]

The Big Five in The Perfection of An Intimate Luxurious Safari Experience At Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands Reserve and Lodges, Sabi Sands Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Our Boomer grandparent bucket list of seeing wonders of the world included Victoria Falls in Africa, so Grandpa and I headed off to experience all of the wonders of southern Africa.  We saw Table Mountain in Cape Town, now on a new wonders list, the New7Wonders list, and proceeded to a safari, before heading to […]

The Perfect 36 Hour Stopover Experience in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

We Boomers are way ahead of the Millennials.  We have known experiences trump possessions, as Millenials seem to have just discovered.  Experiences are what we crave and we know experiences will bring life fulfillment.  Since Grandpa and I went to India in 2005 and members of our group raved about an overnight stopover to Dubai […]

Things We Learned In Kindergarten and How to Cope and Have Our Children and Grandchildren Cope With Current Events From Michael Balaban, President & CEO Jewish Federation of Broward County

This email was sent to many of us in South Florida Friday, August 18, 2017, from Michael Balaban, President & CEO Jewish Federation of Broward County. No further words can or need be spoken.  It should be shared.   With Little Joy, Mema   “This should be an exciting time filled with preparing our children […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]