Category: Experts Corner

Carpe Diem…

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on where have all my years gone? They say that time moves faster the older you get. I never really believed that until I started getting older! I’m acutely aware that I have fewer years ahead of me than behind me and I want to savor every moment. How do I want to be and what do I want to do with my “one wild and precious life” as expressed by the poet Mary Oliver.

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Create Your Very Own Cereal

A great DIY project full of total fun…
an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller Ed.D.*

Everybody loves cereal. Many adults love healthy cereals, but kids love sugary cereals that their parents rarely buy! Usually it’s a “treat.” Here is a fun activity to allow your grandchild (or child) to create the cereal “they wish they could have.”

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School’s in Session — Coping with Distance Learning

It has been a challenging time for parents, grandparents, and children during the Covid-19 crisis. Children and adults feel the isolation from family and friends and the security of attending school. Distance learning has become the norm. Teachers are trying to figure out how to teach without having the children in school and parents have had to adjust to being 24-hour parents, a teacher, a friend, working from home, and keeping it all together physically and emotionally. Your adult children may have asked for your help as they work from home. Not all of us are in the same city and can help, but if you are close by and can assist, here are some good pointers both for you and your grandchild’s parents.

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How to Handle the Anger

We know as adults, anger is often a feeling one can’t escape. It’s an important dimension to seriously take a look at when it comes to children, and we think this is a relevant and urgent read. And, while we are ‘grandparenting,’ this article presents interesting assessments of the world of children and their behaviors. Whether we have already done all the ‘parenting’ years ago ourselves, we are never too experienced or the wiser to read more about such a subject. This is a great article to share…

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Great Advice!

Three ideas to keep in mind…*
A little bit of mindfulness can go a long way, and as a grandparent you have a choice to learn how to do exactly that and take stock of what is really important.

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

Positive thinking can be a challenge because our brains are wired to focus on negativity. By being in the moment and acknowledging good things as they are happening, we become more optimistic, resilient and confident. We actually can change our brains and our lives, and those of our grandchildren
…but it takes regular practice and commitment.

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What are your grandchildren’s thoughts on the pandemic?

an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

This is a great family activity and a good way to see how your grandchildren are feeling during this pandemic—and how YOU are feeling! For those of us who do not get to be “with” our grandkids, do this activity virtually. Simply ask the parents to help you with the set up, and then meet on Zoom or Facetime….

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Humans Aren’t the Only Mammals Who Rely on Grandmothers to Babysit

We know grandparenting is a valuable resource for each generation because grandparents bring a dimension of life and experience; and link to our cultural and physical environment.  Now, a new study draws an interesting parallel to the benefits of ‘grandmothering Orca style’.

Grandmothers have been helping the human race to survive, and now we know the same is true for Orca whales. 

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Surrendering to Life’s Gifts

an exclusive feature from Bonnie Compton*
“Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” ~Rumi
Do you ever find yourself looking back at your life and wondering why some things occurred the way they did? Maybe you’ve held on to regrets, wishing you’d done things differently. Or perhaps you’re the type of person that goes with the flow and allows life to lead you.

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Something to Bark About

an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

I love dogs. In fact, I love all animals and animal stories, but dogs are my favorite. In the 90’s I had a dog named Kugel, named after a Jewish dish with noodles. She was especially responsive to children. As a teacher I would take her to school and let the kids read books to her. She was especially responsive to children and would even “talk” as they read her a book. When they finished and said, “The End,” she would bark twice. The book would have to be a dog story, of course, but I’ll get to that later.

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Your Personal Evolution (as you age)

We’re now in a new decade full of exciting new opportunities and new entries into our life stories and journeys. When we ushered in this past new year, many people were saying, it’s the “year of change,” and it certainly has been. It is also the year of the “rise of feminine energy”. Can you feel it?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Take a moment to let the Dads in your life know they are truly cherished…

a special feature from Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow, Founders of Grandparentslink.com

A Father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.
~unknown

What a wonderful way to celebrate – let’s give all the men in our lives a big high five and some special attention today! This is their day to be recognized, to be acknowledged and to well, maybe get a free pass and kick back and lie down in the backyard all day doing just nothing.

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