Taking A Virtual Zoom Baby Shower to the Next Level With the Best Four Tips

Yesterday, I participated in a Zoom baby shower given by one of my long (we never say old) dear friends for her son and daughter-in-law.  Yes, in July, when she told me she was going to do this, I searched many articles about virtual baby showers, to find the best one to send her to […]

PART ONE of Learning Tips to Pass Along and Incorporate With Your Grandchildren During Remote On Line or Part Time Learning and Any Time

At this time of remote or part time learning, we are all concerned about how much our grandchildren are going to retain.  I hope the two blog posts on my interpretation of learning theory I have found helpful hopefully helps us grandparents help our precious grandchildren. After having taught elementary and middle school for seven […]

A New Scientific Study Shows How We Grandparents Cause Ill Will Between Us and the Parents of Our Grandchildren Over Parenting and Tips and Ideas to Preserve Access to Our Grandchildren

“Half of Parents Report Butting Heads with Child’s Grandparent Over Parenting,” is a new study   from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan, August 17, 2020,  in Science Daily. The summary and the conclusion contain grandparents’ greatest fear: “Nearly half of parents describe disagreements with one […]

Seven Great On Line Shopping Tips During COVID-19 or Anytime to Get the Best at the Best Price

In this time of COVID-19, spending more time in our homes, we are not only cleaning closets and reorganizing, we are looking to change or upgrade our surroundings. Whether redecorating an entire house or room, or replacing one item in the home, on line shopping is the way to go now.  Our daughters are doing […]

Rainbow Bread to Enjoy On Our Way to Reach “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

Times are hard right now for all of us. There is a perfect song for this time,“Somewhere over the Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz. If you have not introduced the movie with the great Judy Garland to your grandchildren, Common Sense Media, my go to review website for movies, books and more, says it is […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

New York Magazine’s Top Rated Family Board Games on Amazon Make Winners For This Holiday Season and Beyond

When the holidays are coming, this Grandma is looking for alternatives to electronics for the grandchildren that they will be interested in enough to take their attention away from screens for even a few minutes.   New York Magazine’s editors publish a column called The Strategist that this Grandma loves.  If you are interested in how […]

How To Select the Best Award Winning Toys For All Ages For Holidays 2019

Even our toddler grandchildren crave electronics.  Our youngest grandson, only nineteen months old, can manipulate the I Phone during Face Time and has no problem pressing any and all buttons.  It seems that he believes we are in the telephone as he blows kisses and actually kisses the I Phone.  No, we are not getting […]

Missing Thanksgiving Magic – Cookie Bars — and Significant Family Presence

This Thanksgiving our youngest daughter, our son-in-law, and their three of our precious grandchildren did not make it to Florida. Our grandson, their oldest, had an ice hockey tournament. It is hard for grandparents to understand how a children’s sports team is oblivious to the fact that American families are scattered hither and yon across […]

Matching Books and Organic Sleepwear For Sizes Two to Ten Make the Best Holiday Gift for 2019

There are certain websites that I have signed up with, usually because they relate to something dealing with grandchildren.  Hatley is one of them.  The mother of our youngest grandchild loves Hatley organic sleepwear.  Whenever I ask what to bring for a visit present for the youngest, a toddler, she does not say toys, sometimes […]

If You Have A Toddler Grandchild, Baby Shark Has Already Invaded Your Brain, and Will Add To Your Holiday Shopping List

On our last visit to our youngest grandchild, a toddler, his eight year old brother was humming a tune we grandparents were not familiar with.  We asked him what he was humming.  He said “Baby Shark,” as his younger brother loved it.  He said the song gets into your head and you cannot stop humming […]

Grandma’s Top Five Cleanliness in Public Tips For Grandchildren

When our eldest was being toilet trained, she fixated on only using the home toilet.  We had to return home for her to go or, the good news and bad news was that she would hold it until we got home.  Needless to say, this limited our range of movement.  I do not know why […]

Five Best Tips To Maximize and Personalize Your Group Tour or Travel to Anywhere in the World

PopPop and I consider ourselves world travelers. After all, we have conquered all the wonders of the world on every world list, except two in dangerous areas of the world and those that no longer exist. We have done so on group tours, with private guides, or totally on our own created itineraries.  We have […]

Grandparents Also need a Handy List of Questions to Ask Grandchildren That Will Get Them To Share About Their Day

We grandparents have Face Time. We grandparents have texting. We grandparents have old fashioned telephone contact. When we ask our grandchildren about school or activities, we grandparents, as do the grandchildren’s parents, get the plain old “fine” or “good.” We want to keep our grandchildren talking. This Grandma tries everything. I talk to the parents […]