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When she was little, one of our girls had a foolproof way for postponing bedtime—she’d plunk herself on my knee with a book . In her honor,
I present Mom/Grandma’s top tips for raising eager readers. Read more
In this season of life building memories with my grandchildren is a top priority. I'm always trying to figure our creative ways to accomplish this goal without taking too much on. And because there is a special window of time in a grandchild's life (between 0 and 12) when they are eager...I want to take full advantage. Soon enough they will be be swept up in growing-up and the natural stages of cooling off. The great thing is when grandkids are 12 and under is it doesn't take much to rock their little worlds!
To make it simple we need to work with what we have. It will be different for everyone depending on circumstance, location, etc. If you have a pool you might consider water adventure. Putting together and a challenge course could be loads of fun. Things like diving for toys at the bottom of the pool (placing toys on the steps for younger kids). Or trying to get a beach ball across the pool using only a squirt gun, and so on. If you are close to a nature area, hiking might be exciting. Organizing a nature hunt could be just the thing. Being on the look out for different kinds of plants and colors is both fun and educational.
Since my grandchildren love going on golf cart rides I decided to put together a neighborhood scavenger hunt. My husband and I went out a day earlier and made a list of interesting sights. The next day my oldest granddaughter held a clipboard and pen and was happily in charge of checking off finds--like a silly mailbox or a pink flamingo stuck in a neighbors lawn. Needless to say there was a lot of giggles and hollers as we came upon the things on our list, "There's the purple house" yelled one grandchild "And there's an American Flag" squealed another. Up and down the streets we went with laughter and delight. What was great about this adventure was that all could participate, even the baby who blurted out sounds as if to say she had found something too.
These are just three of many ideas that are easy and can build lasting memories. It doesn't have to be expensive, it's the investment of time that matters. There are opportunities all around us to be creative. What are the the things around your house or neighborhood that might make for a unique adventure?
Adventures With The Grands
by Paula Masters
I feel joy, pure and simple. There's nothing like spending the day with a young child to make you remember why it's thrilling to be alive. (Of course, later be sure to allow time for a nap.) Children are indiscriminate, nonjudgmental lovers of just about everything, and their joy is contagious. Read more
Congratulations, you're a grandparent! It's a big deal--and an event you may have been anticipating for a long time.
But this transition brings challenges as well as joy. Here are seven tips to help you avoid common new-grandparent pitfalls and handle your new role with grace. Read more
Planning a trip with your grandkids--I can't think of a better gift, not only for them, but for you too. There is something very special about investing in the next generation--whether they are 4 or 14. Here are some ideas to get you inspired on what this kind of adventure could look like. Read more
It's hard to find the line, isn't it? Back when the kids in your life were your own kids, you could just trust your instincts when spending time with them.
Imagine if it were your grandkids, rather than your kids, who you took to that rock concert that kept them out way past midnight on a school night. It was okay when it was your kids. But when it's your kid's kid, well, not so much. It's the central paradox of being a grandmother: you love somebody else's children, which means when it comes to activities you need to consider a lot of factors.
Here are common types of activities (organized by theme) that a wiser grandparent than myself might avoid. Read more
It's true what they say about being a grandparent...there is nothing quite like it. A whole new world opens up and there is simply no denying the magical effect a grandchild has on the heart of a grandma! If you have entered this season you instantly understand. Join us in celebrating the joys of being a grandmother!
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The Grand Times
Being a grandmother is an honour which, if you are fortunate, time bestows. Unlike almost every other reward in life, you do not have to work for it, or even deserve your luck. Having been a parent is no guarantee, and I feel sorry for my friends whose children show no sign of starting a family, because I know that the pleasure which I feel in having grandchildren seems to be universal among my friends. We may have disagreed over the years about many things - marriage, parenthood, work - but this new factor in our lives always produces the same response. A sort of rejuvenating glow. We sit at cafe tables showing off snapshots, exchanging anecdotes. That is, if we are not too busy baby-minding to meet at all. My oldest friend, who can boast seven granddaughters, almost never has time for lunch. Read more
People usually say to me, “You don’t look like a grandmother!” Which always leaves me a little perplexed. When I had my first grandchild they would say, “Oh, it’s your first one, that’s why.” But now I have ten and there is no escaping the shocked responses.
As a child growing up in South Florida, I had long golden hair, ran around barefoot and had a free spirit, and in a small way that’s what they see in me now; only I'm a grandma. Read more
Disturbing indeed: a pediatrician who thought she'd seen it all reports a two-year-old with infected ears turning to Siri on his cell phone--rather than dad beside him--for info. Although, I gather it didn't bother Dad too much--he was busy on his phone as well. Read more