Tag: children

Become a Pen Pal with a Farm Animal

an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

Many years ago when I was a teenager, I travelled by car with my parents from Detroit to the Catskills for a vacation. I made friends with a girl from Baltimore and we became pen pals, for years never seeing each other again until….I married a man from Baltimore and I reunited with my long lost pen pal. Those were the days when we wrote letters to each other and sent them through the mail.

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Back by Popular Demand… Our Emergency Form Every Grandparent Should Have

a special feature from Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow, founders grandparentslink.com

A little reminder…

There is nothing worse than not being prepared when a medical emergency happens on your watch with the grandchildren. Keeping information readily available in the event of an ‘occurrence’, puts you one step ahead and acting swiftly in a smart, educated manner when it comes to your grandchildren’s health and treatment.

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Create Your Very Own Cereal

A great DIY project full of total fun…
an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller Ed.D.*

Everybody loves cereal. Many adults love healthy cereals, but kids love sugary cereals that their parents rarely buy! Usually it’s a “treat.” Here is a fun activity to allow your grandchild (or child) to create the cereal “they wish they could have.”

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17 Things To Do When You Are All Cooped Up

(with kids that is!)
a special feature from Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow, founders

“Grannnnnnnddddmmaaaaa, I’m bored!”
This phrase can make any grandparent or parent break out in a sweat or hives!

If you are stuck inside and can’t find something to keep your toddler or preschooler occupied besides Paw Patrol, and the older kids want to be on their devices, here are a few ideas that don’t require a lot of money or creativity. Often times we tend to forget that the most fun ever is when we just use our imagination… spontaneously!

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How to Handle the Anger

We know as adults, anger is often a feeling one can’t escape. It’s an important dimension to seriously take a look at when it comes to children, and we think this is a relevant and urgent read. And, while we are ‘grandparenting,’ this article presents interesting assessments of the world of children and their behaviors. Whether we have already done all the ‘parenting’ years ago ourselves, we are never too experienced or the wiser to read more about such a subject. This is a great article to share…

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What are your grandchildren’s thoughts on the pandemic?

an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

This is a great family activity and a good way to see how your grandchildren are feeling during this pandemic—and how YOU are feeling! For those of us who do not get to be “with” our grandkids, do this activity virtually. Simply ask the parents to help you with the set up, and then meet on Zoom or Facetime….

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Who Says We Can’t Buy Stuff for the Kids?

We know that it goes without saying that grandparents are known to spoil the kids when mom and dad aren’t around… but what’s so wrong with that?! And, we know as grandparents we should be exercising control, but sometimes we can’t! So, here are some of our favorite ideas; there’s something for all ages from a site that we LOVE! Check out our favorites from Uncommon Goods…

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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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14 Tips for Grandparents During Covid-19

an exclusive feature from Leslie Zinberg & Pam Siegel, authors of
Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

Whether you live far away or close to your grandchildren, in today’s reality most of us are not seeing our grandchildren up close. In fact, we are all doing “long distance grandparenting.” Our population of grandparents are particularly susceptible to Covid 19, so it’s really important to hunker down.

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