Category: Special Features by Leslie & Kay, founders

8 Things that Concern Us About Kids These Days

a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders

The saying that’s been passed down from grandparents’ generation to generation, “Oh, those kids these days…,” has taken on a different meaning in the most recent years. We are well aware that technological advances have created a new palate of communication skills that could be considered cold, distant, non-personal and far removed from human eye-to-eye contact. While our children have many obstacles to face just like every generation before them, our worries for future generations have taken on a different nature.

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The Biggest No-No’s of Family Relationships

a special feature by Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com

There’s nothing like family. The people we’re related to by blood and marriage are expected to be our closest allies, our greatest sources of love and support. Too often, however, our interactions with family are filled with misunderstanding and resentment, bickering and badgering. Those we should know and be known by best, end up feeling like adversaries or strangers. Here are some tips on ways to keep your family dynamics and relationships healthier and happier!

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How to be the ‘Grand’parent You Dreamed of Becoming

First things first ‘grand’parents, we need you to realize that it’s not a competition with anyone… not with your spouse to see who can get more attention, and certainly not with your own child, nor the mother or father of your adored grandchild. The grandkids are embarking upon a part of their lives where they need to discover and uncover and experience all that life has brought forth.  You now must learn as a grandparent to be in control of consideration and respect, and manage your emotions so that you are not the cause of family despair. Sometimes, as much as you may not want to…you may have to learn a little self-discipline and keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself.

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10 Reasons to Embrace Your Age

We are no strangers to the fact that aging comes with many pros and cons. It’s best to remember that age is just a number and that’s it. Most important, do not waste time on the demise of your youth. We can reframe things differently if we choose. We can choose to embrace aging with an understanding that we have probably spent the first 50 years in a hurry with little time, wisdom, or awareness about what it all meant. Because during those years, our focus was on function not appreciation. So next time you notice yet another spot or new wrinkle, ignore it.
Instead, focus on the many positives associated with moving into a brand new, and potentially very rich, phase of your life.

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In Honor of Moms Everywhere-Let’s Celebrate!

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

Today is Mother’s Day – a time to recognize, value, and support Mothers everywhere. While some people may have regrets about their own ‘mom relationships’, think about putting all the negative thoughts aside and letting them go. Instead, spend time today and embrace with gratitude the efforts a Mother puts forth in her lifetime. Take this opportunity to turn to your daughter, or daughter-in-law, or your mother or friends, and let them know how truly special and unique they are.

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A Personal Reset-Spring to It!

The sun is shining, birds are singing, and flowers are blooming! Springtime brings with it the promise of re-birth and renewal. As the natural world reawakens and springs into life around you, it’s a great time to do some internal self-care, brush off your own cobwebs, push out accumulated junk from the winter and get yourself ready for the energy of summer. 

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The State of Grandparenting

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

Let’s face it, family dynamics are ever changing, and grandparenting is changing with it…so painting a picture of grandparenting today is a complicated task. For example, on one hand, greater mobility has meant that families are spread across the country and many children aren’t able to see their grandparents as frequently. Life is hectic for all generations and even families who live near each other may not spend much time together. Look at what occurred when we all were in quarantine! Covid has forever impacted every facet of our lives. On the other hand, people are having fewer children and living longer. For most of human history, families looked like a pyramid, with few older members at the top and many young members at the bottom. Today, families are shaped more vertically, like a beanpole, with a more equal number of members in each generation. With fewer family members in each generation, intergenerational relationships can take on added significance.

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5 Ways to Achieve Family Harmony

a special feature form Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com

Yes, it’s true.
It is possible despite all the different personalities, needs, dispositions, temperaments, and personas, to achieve family harmony. This notion of being unified on the basis of mutual family respect, tolerance, consideration, and love, doesn’t mean that anyone will lose their identity. The ability to trust, support, and communicate differences in a constructive manner, and look beyond the selfness, will only procure a healthy picture of family and connections.

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Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

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