Category: Experts Corner

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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Summer Camp at Grandma and Grandpa’s

a special feature from Leslie & Kay, Founders of GrandparentsLink

Summer is upon us, and this summer season is looking quite different than all the others. Right? Most camps have been cancelled, and the grandkids will be home. If you are lucky enough to have the kids come visit with you, whether it’s for a week or a day, or a few hours, here are some tips to help in the planning.

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A Terrific Grandchild-Grandparent Activity for Right Now

an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller Ed.D.*

Connecting a child to his/her grandparent(s) by doing an oral history of them is probably one of the most wonderful activities a grandchild can do with grandparents. It can be done easily by having your grandchild make up questions (or use the ones here) to interview you about your life starting when you were a child. I’m sure they will find out all kinds of facts about you that even their own parents don’t know.

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Empower Children in Water and in Life!

With summer right around the corner…. there are certain things that are really important to having fun. First and foremost is a child’s ability to be comfortable and have the skills for swimming. Do your grandchildren know how to swim? Would you like to assist them in learning valuable swimming skills? Now’s your chance.

A Mermaid’s Guide: Empower Your Child In Water and in Life, by Michelle Lang debunks old swim myths, like why you should STOP teaching children to blow bubbles and what you should tell them instead. The book also gives simple but important skills to teach children starting in the BATHTUB that could save a child’s life.

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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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