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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Our Enchanted 2017 Multigenerational Vacation in Sedona, Arizona at the Enchantment Resort and the Grand Canyon: Part II The Best of Sedona and the Best of the Enchantment Resort

Sedona and the Enchantment resort have everything a family needs for a multigenerational vacation, and the location and amenities are perfect. Sedona, Arizona, is two hours north of Phoenix airport, and coming from different areas of the United States, our multigenerational family was able to coordinate arrival between 9 and 10 am, pick up two […]

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 […]

Best Hotel, Food, and Other Local Secrets From a Local As To Why You Should Visit Fort Lauderdale in July

Standing on the beach watching the fireworks on July 4th, needing a light jacket, made me realize that July in Fort Lauderdale is a secret joy that this Grandma should share. There is a joke that we locals tell: What is the coldest state in the United States?  Florida.  We have the best air conditioning […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great Grandmother’s Jello Mold is Part of the Fabric of Our Traditions And Jello Even Works for Your Family Traditions for the Upcoming July Fourth Holiday

When this Grandma was a child, Jello was a favored dessert.  We had different flavors and ingredients put into different size Tupperware molds.  My favorite was cherry Jello, with canned fruit cocktail in it.  When I think of the calories and probably the lack of nutrition, I cringe.  I fed my children Jello, mostly when […]

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 […]

Best Father’s Day Gender Neutral Gifts For Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers And Using this Holiday to Explore the Issue of Gender Stereotypes and Gender Neutrality With Grandchildren

Each year, before this Grandma writes posts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I scour the newspapers, magazines, and internet for fabulous ideas for gifts for family members and to share on this blog.  This year, I noticed that most of the suggested gifts, whether in print media or on the internet, were gender specific.  […]

We Boomer Grandparents are Seventy Million Strong and Now Have the Greatest Power To Change Our World

The May 2017 AARP Bulletin had a lead story on how we Boomers are “The Grandparent Boom! A Record 70 Million Americans have Grandchildren.”  One third of American adults (adults defined by AARP, not this Grandma, as those over age 30) are grandparents as of 2014. One AARP statistic that was of interest to me […]

Best Outdoor Toys for Grandchildren Of All Ages That Make Great Visit Presents

The weather up north is thawing and it is the best time for Florida grandparents to visit the grandchildren at their home.  I want to bring toys that will bring the grandchildren outdoors with Grandpa and me.  Yes, we did splurge for a big outdoor toy when the younger grandchildren moved into their new home […]

Adults of Every Age Should Know Why Cataracts Probably Will Be In Our Future Not Only Because We Are Living Longer And There is a Very Expensive Silver Lining If We Can Afford It

This Grandma recently watched Grandpa go through cataract surgery and saw how truly effortless it was, other than having to do one eye at a time for safety, and going through the experience twice.  As with so many things, I deny and avoid anything that points to our long (we never say old) age.  I […]

Grandma’s Top Ten of “Travel and Leisure Magazine’s Thirty three Brilliant Ways to Actually Use Your Travel Photos” for Grandchildren to Remember Our Multigenerational Family Vacations

Yes, this Grandma is on Twitter.  Barely.  I do not know how to add anyone or anything.  All I have is what my son-in-law originally did for me and what my grandson helped me add. . . once.  I keep forgetting to bother them further.  When I am with grandchildren I am so busy that […]