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!
We all experience turns in life–some good, some bad. When the bad ones come along, it’s up to us to do something about it: to choose to stay stuck, or to turn the ship around. It’s up to us to choose.
You may be feeling you’re too old to make significant changes in your life. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can always turn your life around. Even people in the final months and years of their lives can start in new directions. Who knows how far any of us will get down the path?
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.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ Bob Dylan
Everyone here at Grandparentslink hopes you take a moment and a deep breath– Yes, another new year is upon us and just a few days away. With holiday time now behind us, we love the idea of self-reflection. Slow down and try this mini-meditation using the acronym STOP: S: stop what you are doing T: take a deep breath O: observe what is going on now. P: proceed with clarity
We wish you a Happy New Year, filled with good health and happiness!
World-renowned Psychosexual Therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who just turned 90, is as relevant as they come! In her new book, Stay Or Go, Dr. Ruth focuses on common sense over emotion and straight-up advice like never before. Dr. Ruth leaves no stone unturned when speaking on a topic such as the male and female relationship, both physical and emotional, parenting and long-distance family connections, as well as communicating and financial stresses. We highly recommend checking out this book. We think you will find new approaches to understanding and living in this day and age!
an exclusive feature by Sarina Peddy, GPL Executive Assistant and Pre School Teacher*
This era of technology has created a world where two-year-olds use digital devices before they are even out of diapers. People walk with their heads down texting and using their PDA as they navigate the sidewalk, and children are growing up where the art of communication is anything but looking each other in the eye and talking.
Don’t Buy A Grandchild’s Love a special feature from Leslie Zinberg and Kay Ziplow, founders of Grandparentslink.com
This may be a frank talk, grandparents, but it’s an important one when it comes to being a grandparent! We all know how easy it is to spoil our little loved ones, but now and again we might go overboard with gift giving. Whether it is a situation where relatives are feeling embarrassed they can’t provide the way you might, or parents feeling undermined by your extravagant gifts, we want to help you stay in the right lane when it comes to gift giving. Because in reality, you shouldn’t have to buy your grandchild’s love!
Grandparents have a role in the lives of their grandchildren, but what exactly is that role? Let your adult children take the lead and discuss your expectations with them.
Becoming a grandparent changes everything. Coupled with incomparable joy is uncertainty about where you fit in. Your role — not always appreciated by society — is vitally important in shaping a grandchild’s life. At the end of the day, you and the parents want what’s best for the child. But, as you may discover you don’t always share the same ideology, and you must take a step back and understand that you’ve entered their world, sometimes feeling like a foreign ambassador. And, what you may really need is a handbook for diplomacy!
It goes without saying that no divorce is easy and the death or dissolution of a marriage is undoubtedly a challenging experience for all parties involved. However, a divorce where children are involved naturally adds a layer of complexity that cannot be ignored. Like all children, those of divorced parents, did not ask to be here. They didn’t ask to be born, and they certainly didn’t ask for their parents to get divorced. In spite of their involvement being completely out of their control, children of divorced parents typically are the biggest casualties of the split.
There, I said it- now it’s out in the open for everyone to know. I’m an out of the closet selfish grandma. Yep it’s true, and I am damn proud about it. “What is this you say to yourself?” Well, let me take a moment and fully explain what this is all about.
Fall is such an exciting season with the weather getting cooler and the leaves turning beautiful colors. There are so many fun fall activities to do with kids so take a look at this list of over 100 fun and kid friendly ideas for making the most of fall!
My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We’ve decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight, just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube. She began exclaiming things like “But I can’t!” and “It won’t be like it was before!” I quietly waited for her to finish and then said the following: