Grandma’s Guidelines to Facilitate “A Truce in the Bragging Wars”

Until I read Bruce Feiler’s column, “This Life,” in the Sunday New York Times, February 3, 2013, I did not know there were bragging wars between mommy bloggers and daddy bloggers and other mommy bloggers and daddy bloggers, much less than “A Truce in the Bragging Wars,” the title of the article. Bruce Feiler begins: […]

Three Ways for Grandma to Support the Hard Decisions in the Advancement of Working Mothers

This Grandma was NOT going to comment on Marissa Mayer’s decision to end telecommuting at Yahoo! Inc and to require all employees to report to the office.  Yes, she is a working mother, as well as a CEO.   However, she was made CEO to be a leader and turn a major company around.  Sometimes hard […]

War on Boys Affects our Grandsons

When I wrote, “Our Grandsons Have to Be Prepared to Support Themselves in Our Evolving Society,” I knew about the book, “The War on Boys,” written by Christina Hoff Sommers, written almost twelve years ago, and wrote about what I had learned that our grandsons needed. Then I opened the Sunday New York Times,February 2, […]

How Does Grandma Measure a Year

“Seasons of Love,” the song from the Broadway play, “Rent,” starts out: “five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.  How do you measure, measure a year.” Having just lost a dear, dear friend, a wonderful grandfather, at this moment, being very philosophical, I think we grandparents measure a year by one that gives us […]

We Boomer Grandmas Rock

On February 8, 2013, Jane Pauley, host of RLTVs “Boomers 2.0: A Generation Re-Imagined” told Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda on the NBC Today Show what she’s learned about Boomers through her new show in conjunction with AARP.  Her show can be seen February 14, 2013. Who knew there was a television station, RLTV, dedicated […]

Grandma’s Exercise Tips to Improve Memory and Mood

With the New Year, in January, every article seems to be about losing weight.  To keep the articles interesting through February, the writers use a different tactic – if you are stressed or forgetful the answer is exercise.  Here are two examples, both from Sunday newspapers, February 3, 2013: Avoid Brain Overload to De-Stress. Q. […]

Grandma’s Best Natural Shampoo Products for Grandchildren

When my daughter was pregnant with our first grandchild ten years ago, I collected all of the smallest bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo I could find.  I cannot remember exactly why small bottles, but I think I anticipated a small baby so collected small Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo bottles.   I love the […]

Grandma Cancer Alert: Too Many Young Women and Young Mothers with Breast Cancer

Women have been educated to know risk factors for breast cancer.  Here is information from the Young Survival Coalition, Young Women Facing Breast Cancer Together: Family history and genetics are two risk factors for breast cancer. While researchers continue to search for the definite causes of breast cancer, some consider young women at high risk […]

Grandpa needs Grandma Lessons

Tonight, I heard about a very unhappy Grandpa.  He visited his son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, ages two and four last year in Boston, his home before he moved to Florida.  The son and daughter-in-law had just purchased a new home and he was visiting to see it for the first time.  The guest room […]

When a Grandchild says “I don’t want to” or “I can’t”

When my grandchild says, “I can’t pick up the toys,” that is so easy for Grandma.  First, I show the difference between “I can’t” and “I don’t want to.”  Please let me see your hands.  Please wiggle your fingers.  Please lift them up over your head.  You can even do “Simon Says.”  See, your hands […]

Safety at Grandma’s House

Amy Dickinson writes the “Ask Amy,” column nationally, reprinted in the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Florida.  In her January 22, 2013 column, she printed a response to her previous advice written by “Amaya’s Gramma,” which is worth repeating.  If you did not see it: Dear Amy:  I’m responding to the letter from “Frustrated” who was […]

Working Moms v. Stay At Home Moms: Grandma’s Perspective

My daughter, a lawyer and a mother, forwarded me an article by Devon Corneal, a lawyer and a mother, from the Huffington Post, on January 28, 2013, entitled, “What Not to Say to A Working Mom.”   Ms. Corneal addressed the following questions and comments a working mom hears:  “Can’t you afford to stay home?” “I’d […]

Advice from Grandma for Grandchildren: Keep Your Own Troubles — Three Rules to Live By

My Mother had a saying which translates into, “keep your own troubles.”  Every time I would complain about problems in my life, that is what I heard.  I came to understand what my Mother meant, especially considering her companion mantra, “life is hard and then you die.” She was a Holocaust survivor after all, which […]

You are Only as Happy as your Unhappiest Grandchild

A young friend whose youngest is a freshman in college shared her current nightmare.  Her daughter has a promiscuous roommate and has caught the roommate and boyfriend repeatedly in bed.  I tried not to laugh when she told me her daughter was mortified when she walked into the room once and the boyfriend grabbed her […]

The Wisdom of Multi-generational Friendships

I was with a long (we never say old) friend recently at a professional event, and of course asked her and her husband about their seven grandchildren from the ages of two to nine.  Her son and daughter-in-law live next door with their four children and her daughter lives ten minutes away with her three.  […]

Should Grandchildren be Forced to Write Grandma a Thank You Note

Watching the Today Show on NBC on January 22, 2013, I saw Philip Galanes, New York Times columnist and author of the book, “Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today,” discussing the disappearing thank-you note.  The video and article can be found at at  http://www.today.com/moms/should-kids-be-forced-write-thank-you-notes-1B8057224: The article on the Today.com website […]

Newtown Massacre and Grandma’s Responsibility

It is now nearly four weeks since the Newtown massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and you would think the brutal news would not be the subject of daily visuals on media.  However, that is not to be.  Two of my grandchildren live in Connecticut, about an hour or less from Newtown.  My daughter knows people […]

Our Grandsons Have to Be Prepared to Support Themselves in Our Evolving Society

When I raised two daughters, I was concerned about them finding careers in which they would be able to support themselves and not have to rely upon a man for support.  It was the 1970s and 1980s and the divorce rates spiked.  Women and children were struggling as near 80% of mothers then were having […]

Grandma’s Way to “Train a Parent, Spare a Child”

I wish I came up with this title, but I didn’t.  Bruce Feiler, the author of “The Secrets of Happy Families,” wrote a column with this title  in the New York Times, Sunday, January 13, 2013, about “more creative bribing” of children—“or to be more precise, the giving of blunt, uncreative rewards for desired behavior.”  […]

The baby nurse–the best EXPENSIVE gift you can give your newborn grandchild

When my younger daughter was pregnant, she insisted she did not want a baby nurse. Although my older daughter had a baby nurse for both of our older grandchildren, she said she and her husband were fully capable of taking care of our soon to be born grandson and did not want the intrusion of […]