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Be the Best Babysitting Grandparent Ever!

Who doesn’t absolutely adore those precious moments as grandparents where we are passed the baton from our children to spend time with our grandchildren one on one?! However, sometimes we don’t think of every little detail that might make those parents feel more comfortable leaving their little ones. In finding the perfect balance between delighting our grandchildren and pleasing their parents, we are put to the challenge. Here are 5 tips to be the best babysitting grandparent… EVER!

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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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Best Kids’ Sites We Love!

We all know that kids (and adults!) are addicted to screen time. What’s important is for us to provide our grandchildren with online platforms that are appropriate for them.

With parental supervision and guidance, you can keep your kids safe online. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time at all for children under two, and one to two hours a day for those older. So, which sites should kids visit during their allotted time? Young ones will undoubtedly race to seek out their pals from that other screen—the television—or get right to gaming. Their choices might make you cringe. We’ve found eight sites where kids can catch up with favorite characters, play a few games, and expand their horizons.

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So Much Fun! Three Summer Crafts for the Grandkids

1. Ice Pop Painting

What’s better than a craft activity to cool off the kids on a hot summer day? The Ice Pop Painting craft is both fun and refreshing! You probably already have the ingredients on hand: a few drops of food coloring, water, an ice cube tray, and a few short popsicle sticks. Even better, the kids can get multiple entertaining activities out of this craft.

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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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Fun Summer Ideas for The Kids!

If you’re feeling like you’re fresh out of ideas for ways to keep those ever- changing grandchildren entertained this summer well, you’re in luck! We have compiled a list of 5 fun ideas to do with your families this summer! 

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A Screen Time Out

5 Simple Suggestions

As grandparents we lead by example. Keeping kids engaged and interested (no matter what age), doesn’t mean that we spend our time together being on the screens…especially if we can be together. Sometimes it’s a great idea just to use the ‘old-fashioned way’ of thinking of something to do without all the devices (except the camera for a photo-worthy moment!). We say: put down the devices!

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Easter Peep S’mores

With Easter right around the corner, we know the kids are most excited about delicious treats! So, when we came across this recipe idea for these adorable ‘Peep Smores’ – we just had to share.

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Children are like Sponges

a special feature by Sarina Peddy, early childhood educator

We all know how adorable it is when a baby repeats a word after you- right?! Babies soak in information from the stimuli surrounding them. Did you know that between birth and 3 years of age, the human brain increases to 80% of its adult size.? Now, that’s a powerful fact. This is such a crucial point in development for children and therefore, it’s so important to foster their learning in this age period.

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Screen Time and Grandchildren

Our grandkids are surrounded by screens: televisions, tablets, mobile phones, computers, gaming devices. As a result, parents and grandparents are concerned about how to handle screen time, and don’t always agree on the boundaries. To make life easier for all, be sure to speak with your adult children about the family guidelines regarding screens.

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Treasures in a Craft Box

You won’t have to worry too much about your grandchild’s time on electronics at your house IF your house is filled with lots of “fun stuff” for your grandkids to create with when they come over.

First, get an empty Amazon box or a plastic storage box, like a toy box, with enough room for lots of “art stuff”. Next, mark the box with your grandchild’s name. Find one specific place for it, such as a closet in a den or room where your grandchild can always go to find new items for creating. I can assure you if you start doing this, your grandchild will come over and immediately go to the box and say, “What can we make today?”

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On A Serious Note…

Holiday time often means that we are pondering some of the ‘best’ of the best ideas in gift giving. None of us as grandparents are foreign to this idea- right? After all, it’s what makes us ‘GRAND’ parents.

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Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

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Get up close and personal with Leslie & Kay, founders of Grandparentslink.com, in this live radio interview with #Grand radio.
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