Category: Experts Corner

Great Ideas for Your Daughter or Daughter-in-law this Mother’s Day

It’s only a couple of days away!

There’s an old saying… ‘Life doesn’t come with a manual…it comes with a mother’ and more often than not, Mothers are hardly giving themselves credit or appreciation for all that they do. This Mother’s Day we’ve come up with 5 ways that you and your family can celebrate and show appreciation for the wonderful daughter or daughter-in-law in your lives.

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Simple Suggestions to Care for Mother Earth with Your Grandchildren

by Anne & Louise Jordan*

Our planet is in a major climate crisis, and if something doesn’t change soon, it will be disastrous for our grandchildren. It’s easy to feel helpless, but individual actions really can make a difference. Yes, Earth Day was two days ago, but we need to take care of our earth every day. Here are 6 ways you and your grandchildren can care for the earth together.

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Children are like Sponges

a special feature by Sarina Peddy, early childhood educator

We all know how adorable it is when a baby repeats a word after you- right?! Babies soak in information from the stimuli surrounding them. Did you know that between birth and 3 years of age, the human brain increases to 80% of its adult size.? Now, that’s a powerful fact. This is such a crucial point in development for children and therefore, it’s so important to foster their learning in this age period.

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The Life Lessons of Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Humpty Dumpty is one of the best-known nursery rhymes in the English language. I can still remember when I learned that Humpty was an egg. Only recently did I get a much better appreciation of the lesson contained in the rhyme, when I read about one doctor’s report of what Humpty Dumpty really brings into our lives.*

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Treasures in a Craft Box

You won’t have to worry too much about your grandchild’s time on electronics at your house IF your house is filled with lots of “fun stuff” for your grandkids to create with when they come over.

First, get an empty Amazon box or a plastic storage box, like a toy box, with enough room for lots of “art stuff”. Next, mark the box with your grandchild’s name. Find one specific place for it, such as a closet in a den or room where your grandchild can always go to find new items for creating. I can assure you if you start doing this, your grandchild will come over and immediately go to the box and say, “What can we make today?”

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Can You Talk to Your Daughter-in-Law?*

With the onset of a New Year and possibly looking back upon the holiday time, many family issues may have been illuminated during this hectic time. Here is a wonderful take on just that…

Communication with adult children can be challenging. Communication with adult children-in-law can be even more challenging. And communication with your daughter-in-law can be the most challenging of all.

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Self-Reflection in the New Year

a special feature from Bonnie Compton, Parent Coach & Child /Adolescent Therapist*
It’s a new year and hopefully a chance for a clean slate. Does that thought excite or terrify you? Often when we think of the New Year, we think of New Year Resolutions—commitments we make to better ourselves. However, there can be heaviness associated with New Year’s resolutions. You tell yourself, “I’m going to lose 10 pounds” (while your internal dialogue says: “Why do I continue to eat mindlessly, grabbing that last piece of cake…what is wrong with me?”)— or, “I’m going to exercise 5 days per week.” (Internal dialogue says: “I said the same thing last year and that didn’t happen! This year, I’m really going to do it…I can’t let myself fail this time!”)

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Back by Popular Demand…. Get Inspired By Grandma’s Magic

a special feature by Nancy Zoulendyk*, Grandmother Extraordinaire

You know, it’s really unbelievable. My grandchildren think I am the very best cook in the entire world! No matter how I try and demur, they persist using a whole laundry list of flattering adjectives. I remember the time I put together a Strawberry Shortcake, and one of my grand boys declared in a joyous tone with his arms outreached, this cake was, “THE BEST thing I have ever eaten.” What if he was only four or five at the time, and hadn’t experienced too many of life’s culinary delights – so what? !!!! Flattery can go a long, long way.

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The Value of a Moment

The Value of a Moment
a special feature by Vina Bermudez Mogg*
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss

Did you know your iPhone has a feature that will replay a day in time of your photos as a movie?
Of the thousands of unused icons that float by daily on the screen, this time I tapped into one of them.

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The Art of Holidays

We can’t believe that once again the holiday season is upon us! And, considering what we have all been through, it’s challenging as we move forward.  No doubt every one of us has been greatly affected in many aspects of our lives. 

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