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 […]

Our Second Outstanding Stay with Extraordinary Service at the Iconic and Exceptional King David in Jerusalem and Best Tips for Your Stay With Children and Teens

When you stay at the King David, it is staying at a Jerusalem icon and it is an experience during which you are spoiled. As with the top hotels in the world, one understands that there are very few at a high price worthy of a splurge, and the King David is one of those […]

Where We Grandparents Can Intervene Getting Grandchildren to Eat

Every parent worries when their child refuses to eat.  We grandparents have learned that toddlers have a 36 hour food window and you have to think about what they eat over a few days rather on an individual day.  We know grandchildren do not like certain foods, whether their color or the way they look, […]

Feeding Grandchildren Dessert First Is Good Science For Grandma and Now A Scientific Study Confirms it is Good for All of Us

When our eldest daughter told us she was pregnant, I attended a conference where there were many friends and acquaintances who were already grandparents.  I asked each for what I called “grandma lessons.”  Once of the first and best was to feed grandchildren dessert first.  After all, spoiling grandchildren is a requirement for being a […]

What To Do When the Sixth Grand-baby Finally Likes Your Singing Voice

When I had my first child it was my joy to rock her to sleep and sing to her. It was horribly sad when one day when she was 14 or 15 months old, she pushed me away and said, “no sing, no rock, crib.”  (I have to admit it was more like, “no sig, […]

Best Products and Tips New And Wonderful From the Mother of Her Third Child, Our Youngest Grandchild

This Grandma forgot the overwhelming joy a baby can bring to a family. After all, our youngest baby boy grandchild has brothers seven and eleven years older. I wonder if all third babies are as easy as our younger daughter’s third. I do know that some of the best contraptions and products did not exist […]

Petting Zoo Animals Can Transmit Highly Virulent Drug Resistant Bacteria to Children and Best Tips if You Decide to Go Anyway

That petting zoo animals can transmit highly virulent drug resistant bacteria to children is not what this Grandma wanted to read on Science Daily April 14, 2019. Here is the headline: “New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April) shows that petting zoos […]

The Water is Back on in Cape Town and You Should Add This City of Wonders to Your Travel to South Africa Again With This Best Itinerary for Cape Town

It seems that the fact that Cape Town, South Africa, was rationing water and near “day zero” was causing tourists to stay away from this wonderful city. It is no longer a problem. The Cape Town and South African governments have confirmed that “day zero” for water has been avoided for 2018 and 2019! Due […]

How the 2019 Color of the Year and A Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate Are Connected

Each year, this Grandma looks forward to some annually repeated news releases that some might think are trivial.  I love the information annually on the most popular baby names.  I love the information about the color of the year.  These are not connected, but this year, the 2019 color of the year and dark chocolate […]

Baby Teeth to Adult Molars Information By Chart For Grandparents

With two baby grandchildren approaching a year old, we love the toothy smile of one and the incoming sharp little stubs of another.  Yes, we remember our children and older grandchildren and baby teeth, but we grandparents never had a chart to refer to that explains kinds of teeth and when we might expect them […]

The Sunshine Symphony is The One Perpetually Award Winning Newborn, Baby, and Toddler Toy That Is A Must Have For Any New Parent

Remember the scary clown phase where kids and adults alike were terrified? Every time my daughters and I look at The Sunshine Symphony by Neurosmith we comment that we just don’t get it. We adults think the bright yellow face, red nose, and large black outlined eyes, is almost spooky. However, with all of our […]

PRIMARY and MONICA AND ANDY New Organic Baby Clothes Are Winners For Our Precious Grandchildren and Now Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

Everything with the two newest baby grandchildren is about organic.  Of course, organic clothing is the new rage and there are new organic brands this Grandma had to have the Mother of the youngest grandchild try out.  Two are a hit! MONICA AND ANDY   Our daughter first found Monica and Andy at Nordstroms, which […]

Quality and Reasonably Priced Plastic American Made Toys Are A Hit To Buy And Put Away For Special Gifts and Holiday Presents

A long (we never say old) dear friend called for advice about toys for her grandson and the third child in a family.  It is always a challenge to think of new things for a third child in the family.  I sent her to the Oppenheimer Toy Award list at toy portfolio my go to […]

This Grandma Has Just Upped the Acceptable Marriage Age For Her Grandchildren

“Life is making choices and living with the consequences of the choices we make.” In Boomers’ parents’ age, that saying meant once you married, you made your bed, so you must live with it….until death do you part. Our parents married very young, and many couples were mismatched, and unhappy most of their married lives. […]

We Grandparents Should Be Thankful for the Grandchildren We Have Looking at Three Important Articles and A New Book as to Why Everyone Is Having Less Children And How We Can Grandparents Can Change This Course In Our Own Families

The recent news has bombarded this Grandma about how everyone in America is having less children.  I must be thankful and grateful that I have reached the average of six grandchildren.  I expect that this average is going to decline greatly according to the following articles and book. As a grandparent or wishful to be […]