New Baby Clothing Made With Magnet Closures Make Middle of the Night Changes A Breeze

Onesie footies are always the key for newborn and baby dress, although this grandma does love the gowns.  Our daughter in law and son, with their first, discovered that the onesies with snap closures are a pain in the middle of the night, and anytime with a crying newborn.  They love the zipper onesie footies.  […]

Grateful for the Fathers In Our Lives This Father’s Day 2018 Seventy Years After the Holocaust

As I thought about this Father’s Day 2018, the year’s traumatic and potentially fatal health circumstances clearly highlighted thoughts of gratitude for the fathers in our lives. What came to mind are two related sayings: You don’t know what you have until it is gone.  Truth is, you knew what you had, you just thought […]

Why Boomers’ Lives May Depend On Paying attention To Oral Health and Periodontal Disease

Here is a short true-false quiz: (persistent is defined as two weeks or more) If you have persistent bad breath it may be a sign of cancer. If you have periodontal disease, it may contribute to onset of cancer. You may teach your grandchildren that if they are taking a true-false test and do not […]

Senior Discounts Are No Joke and For the Best Senior Discounts You May Be “Carded” As You Were At Age Twenty One

When all of our friends were turning 50, Grandpa and I gave two gifts.  The first was a three year membership to AARP (now $43) because it would shock our friends that they could be a member of the American Association of Retired Persons at age 50.  The second was a book, “Unbelievably Good Deals […]

Best 2018 Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers

Each year this Grandma has tried to think of new and different Mother’s Day gifts that we grandmas might actually want to receive.  Then I think back on the Mother’s Day gifts that continue to give me joy and they are already in previous posts!  What I discovered this year was that the gifts that […]

Six Ways To Celebrate 2018 Earth Day and Earth Month With Grandchildren

On April 22 each year since 1970, we celebrate Earth Day, a day to appreciate and be aware of our environment and the Earth.  Earth Day has now expanded to include the entire month of April as Earth Month. In honor of Earth Day in 2016, as set forth on Wikipedia, “the landmark Paris Agreement […]

Be Aware and Beware of Little Known Adverse Consequences of DNA and Genetic Testing Before You Do Such and Before You Gift It to Loved Ones

“23 and Me” ads are all over the television.  So many people gifted this ancestry and their health genetic testing or other companies’ genetic testing to family and friends over the holidays.  Be aware and beware of little known adverse consequences of genetic testing that go way beyond a “Dear Amy” column where a woman […]

Preserving Family History Leads To Much Less than Six Degrees of Separation with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Future Connecting With the Significant Past

“Six Degrees of Separation” a play and movie of our Boomer generation, written by American playwright John Guare, opened on Broadway in 1990, and was then nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, according to Wikipedia. It just finished a run as a revival on Broadway […]

Who Would Believe “Good Old Days” Would Be So Perfectly Described By a Thirty Four Year Old in Collaboration With a Thirty One Year Old

Once our grandchildren began listening to pop music on the radio, and it was earlier than we realized, this Grandma convinced Grandpa that we too had to listen to pop.  Since our eldest grandson is fourteen, we have been listening to pop for nearly six years.  Occasionally, we go back to music of the sixties […]

Unique Modern Art Gifts For Baby and Older Grandchildren

We grandmas are always looking for unique gifts for our grandchildren and unique decor for their rooms. I have written about books on artists, and have a special place in my heart for all things modern. See post, “Why and How to Introduce Art Masterpieces and Famous Artists to Grandchildren Through Children’s Books. Our home […]

Our Choice of Bread Defines Where We have Come From, Who We Are, and Sometimes Who We Aspire To Be

Our eleven year old granddaughter, visiting for spring break, asked for a sandwich. Ever the doting grandmother, I had purchased three different kinds of breads to have for her to choose from. I was not surprised with her selection, and with the ease of her making it. As I cut slices from the whole loaf […]

Teenagers are Like Two Year Old and We Must Remind the Parents of Our Grandchildren to Treat Them As Such

Oftentimes, in my twenty years as a family court judge, I found divorcing parents fighting over time with their teenagers.  I was always confused.  Why fight over time with children who want nothing to do with you, want to only be with their friends, have no judgment, no conscience, no fear, and need constant supervision?  […]

Poop Should Not Be A Toy and We Grandparents Should Say Phooey to Poop Toys

The article, “Toy Fair is Flush with Poo-inspired Games and Trinkets,” in the Washington Post February 24, 2018, by Mark Lennihan, has this Grandma shaking my head. Are we ready to run out to buy or click on Amazon to buy the following new poop toys introduced at the New York Toy Fair recently? *Flushin’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]