Category: Experts Corner

Grandparents: Tell Your Story to Your Grandkids

a special feature from Leslie Zinberg, co-founder grandparentslink

All grandparents have stories. Every one of us. It is up to us to pass on our history to our grandchildren. When I think back to my own grandparents, there is so much of their history that has not been identified, that they did not tell my cousins and me. Now I am loaded with questions, and there is no one to ask. In other words, don’t wait. Tell your grandchildren all about who you are, where you came from, who your parents are, your grandparents. Tell stories. Show pictures. Talk about your past.

When your grandchildren hear about the family history, they feel a deeper connection to their past. It provides an even stronger foundation, promoting self-esteem, and a clear sense of belonging. Through family stories, you can instill family values, faith, and ethics. And, children get excited to hear about your life, your experience, and your growing-up anecdotes.

Of course, we know the stories of our own sons and daughters, and boy, do the grandkids love to hear those narratives! They love to hear how their dad or mom got in to mischief, how he or she made mistakes (and learned from them), what their favorite toys and stuffed animals were, how good or not so good they were at playing a particular sport, their favorite sayings, their favorite movies or television shows, their relationships with siblings and friends. When you tell these stories, you are educating your grandchildren. Add the humor, the sentiment, their likes and loves. You are spinning magical tales with your grandkids that they can hold to, and then share as they grow older.

Here are a few ideas of how to share family stories…

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How to Put the GRAND in Grandparenting…

Expert Tips During This Unusual Crisis
an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D.*

Being over 65 years young with a doctorate in education, still working as an educational therapist, I have never thought of myself as one of “the elderly!” Unfortunately, this label is being used a lot right now during this stressful period, and is something society uses all too often when we hit a certain age. Personally, I don’t like being called out like that – do you?

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Yes, Our Behavior Does Count with Kids!

Don’t fool yourself for one minute.
a special feature from Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow, founders grandparentslink.com

The kids are always watching us as we are their examples, so what we say and how we say things is really important. Remember when we used to spell out something because we didn’t want the kids to hear? Well, now with technology and all the other programs or apps they are watching… the kids are exposed to much, much, more than ever before. They are truly savvy. Children at every age group are visually witnessing adult behavior and mannerisms at every level including our body language.

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Lovin’ Our Earth… despite our condition right now

It is quite incredible to see what a pickle we’re all in right now. Even so, there’s so much to be grateful and thankful for. What we do now will forever resonate and create a footprint for the future, and for generations to come. 

This Wednesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! While we may not feel too celebratory or have access to celebrate, we will have a tomorrow, and we will have a time to embrace this scared planet we occupy. So… we’ve taken the position here at Grandparentslink that possibly every day should be one where we grab a moment, look around, and see what we can do to preserve this beautiful planet we live and breathe on. You can easily practice a mindful approach and figure out what you can do to make your personal footprint a cleaner and healthier one for all. Go ahead, make a conscious choice to better our earth. Check out five ways you can make a difference (in our exclusive features), that can be easily incorporated into a style of life, thus becoming a ‘lifestyle’. Let’s do this together.

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14 Tips for Grandparents During Covid-19

an exclusive feature from Leslie Zinberg & Pam Siegel, authors of
Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

Whether you live far away or close to your grandchildren, in today’s reality most of us are not seeing our grandchildren up close. In fact, we are all doing “long distance grandparenting.” Our population of grandparents are particularly susceptible to Covid 19, so it’s really important to hunker down.

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Grandparents with Empty Nest Syndrome

it’s a real thing…
As a grandparent seeing our grandchildren from birth to mature years enriches our lives and we happily share many great adventures and milestones along the way. When the time comes to further their studies or fly the nest, do grandparents genuinely feel a true sense of loss? Oh yes, we do!

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5 Tips for Nurturing Your Relationship with Grandchildren as They Grow

Are your grandkids getting older (yeah, they seem to do that!)? Well, no doubt you may be missing those sweet snuggles, silly games or their big bear hugs and kisses they frequently gave you.

They no longer need you to help manage their schedule, fix their PB & J’s (not forgetting to cut off the crust), or put a cute band aid on their boo boo.

You may feel you’re no longer “needed” but that is so NOT true! They need you more than ever, but in a different way.

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From a Parent’s Point of View: The Perils of Technology

an exclusive feature for grandparentslink.com*

There are so many wonderful things technology has done for us living in this modern world.
Staying connected and maintaining relationships is the most influential and tangible way technology impacts current and future generations. Many years ago, for instance, if a family moved, a child did not have an easy way to keep in touch with the friends he/she left behind. Times have changed. Our kids’ generation has the opportunity to never lose touch with any friends or acquaintances. Without missing a beat, they are incredibly savvy with their iPad and multiple devices. At an early age, they have the benefit of interacting with classmates, friends, and family. Those little hands move faster over their personal devices than the teeth they are supposed to brush! Think about it; do you ever delete a contact from your phone? I bet the answer is never!

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How to Help Your Grandchild Become a Reader

Reading includes anything from listening to a story being read, listening to a book, reading graphic novels, joke books, Weird but True books, the Lego Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, comic books, or Pokémon and baseball cards.

Children love reading if it is based on their interests. Animals, sharks, Peppa Pig, Star Wars, the Titanic, cars, poetry and more.

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