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8 Ways to Keep Peace in the Family

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

Of course, as grandparents we are always trying to keep peace in the family, but sometimes some of us need some gentile reminders of how we all want and deserve to be treated. We’ve all had those moments when our son-in-law or daughter-in-law or our own grown children just really make us angry, and we want to blow up. Or how about when a family member canceled plans last minute when you had planned something special and you feel so discouraged. But don’t worry, we’re all human! And sometimes we all need reminders on how to keep that peace! Here at GPL we have touched on this topic many times. No one is an expert here- it’s all about trial and error, and taking notice so that the next situation won’t implode.

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How to Be an Effective In-Law

You know relationships are funny when your own children get married and have their own kids. While hopefully you have productive and positive relationships with them- often times it’s a real hardship when you as the ‘in-laws’ are not perceived or misunderstood. Let’s take a moment here and agree on one fact: your own grown children are experts with your behavior, knowing your habits and conversations and almost every nuance of your being.

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10 Books That Can Change Your Life and Outlook

Some of us like to unwind with a great fiction book that transports us to places we’ve never been, into lives that differ from our own. Others love the shiver that goes up your spine when you crack open a creepy ghost story that makes you think twice before turning off the light to go to bed. And who among us can resist a juicy romance novel that reminds us that chivalry isn’t dead? Of course, the best nonfiction books can also open our eyes to lived experiences far beyond our own perspective. Needless to say: books can change lives, whether they’re intended to be inspirational or just come to us at the moment we need them most.

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Life in the Zoom Lane—Whoa Nelly, Slow Down!

Our parents warned us about it, but it’s hard to understand until you experience it firsthand: as you get older, time seems to fly. It catches you off guard, probably because it’s such a powerful and bizarre concept. You can’t add more time to the clock, but by understanding how this phenomenon works, you can at least try to make life seem like it’s passing by a little slower.

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5 Easy Ways to Fill Your Being

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

Self-care is exactly what the word says. It’s simply about caring for oneself. In today’s day and age, our lives are so busy, and we are expected to do so much in a short period of time, that often we don’t even consider taking a moment to ourselves. Who are we and how do we want to function? And, because we don’t take the time to think about that, eventually, we burn out. But, sometimes, we can recognize that, and take some time for ourselves. Other times, however, it may lead to more serious circumstances such as mental health illness and depression.

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11 Small Habits that Will Earn You Respect

a special feature from Kay ZIplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

R-e-s-p-e-c-t who sang it better than Aretha Franklin? Okay, maybe Tina Turner’s rendition. But truth be told, no matter who sang it- the words of the song are important to the very fabric of our being. Respect is an ideology that resonates into every part of our lives. Respect is a coveted part of our being – a consideration and appreciation for one’s self and of others. It is manifested first in our personal make-up which is reflected by our actions and reactions. Respect is a learned and skilled behavior and mental exercise that we hope to weave into our totality as a human and functional being.

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What’s your Boiling Point?

Have you ever asked yourself- does anger really get you anywhere? Are you able to control your own personal outburst, loose tongue, or lack of consideration by not being able to control yourself?
Let’s be honest at one time or another, we are all guilty of losing control of our emotions. There’s no denying it. No one is insulated from this behavior. And yes, at one time or another, we are all guilty of raising our voices to a level that isn’t ok and speaking in disrespectful manner to another person.

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Great Tips for Allergy Season

It’s almost that time of year for so many of us. Perhaps you suffer from seasonal allergies, need something in your home to help you along. Or maybe your family, grandchild or even friends who come over may need a little assistance in order to achieve clean air and good breathing. The biggest helper for those struggling to allergies has to be the air purifier. It can help make inhales and exhales easy-breezy! The portable appliance purges tons of irritants such as dust, pollen, and bacteria. Fewer sniffles and itchy throats aside, maintaining indoor air quality may help stave off respiratory conditions, heart disease, and even cancer long term!

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Back by popular demand… It’s Not a Competition with the “Other” Grandma*

a wonderful read about sharing, caring, loving and being…..

How do you get along with the “other” grandma? Many grandmas have confessed they feel competitive with the “other” grandma. It’s normal to feel a little rivalry for our grandchildren’s affection. Knowing it’s shared with another set of grandparents can sometimes feel threatening — especially, if the “other” grandma lives closer to the grandchildren, has more money to spend on them, and has more privileges because she’s the maternal grandma.

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How to Fight Off Those Winter Blues!

Back by popular demand…

We all know the long, dark winter days can weigh on you physically and mentally. Just being inside can take its toll without even realizing it. Grandparents, grand friends, and parents, listen up… your health and well-being are ever so important, and we want you to take care of yourself. Here are some tips for staying on top of your health this winter!

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