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 […]

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.”  […]

Child’s Developmental Milestones According to Grandma

My oldest daughter could not say the letter R until she was nearly five years old.  This was a major problem for me as her name began with R.  She pronounced R as “yeh.”  Every time someone asked her name, I worried.  I took her to a specialist when she was three.  The specialist was […]