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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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Get Outside with The Family This Fall!

Here at GPL we are firm believers that the more outside activity we get, the happier we all will be! This is why we are always looking for ways to encourage those digital screen addicted grandchildren out of the house! We put together this list of easy, fun ways to get the entire family outside this fall! Remember to send us any of your family’s fall traditions or activities:
Grandparentslink.com@gmail.com !

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Your Grandchildren’s Food Allergies: A Guide for Grandparents

If you have any experience in the food allergy world, you likely know the uphill battle that adults and children with food allergies, as well as parents of children with food allergies, face when it comes to educating those around you. From scenes in TV and film that make fun of allergic reactions to the “we never had food allergies when we were growing up” attitude (which, by the way, is somewhat true), it’s a challenge to get those around us who do not live with it to understand its severity. An allergen to your grandchild is like kryptonite to Superman. One bite (or less!) of the wrong food can lead to an anaphylactic reaction, which happens quickly and, if not treated right away, is potentially fatal. I will say it again: potentially fatal.

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7 Ways We Can Help Children Evolve

As grandparents, it is our job to love and support our grandchildren and children through their struggles, but to refrain from solving their problems for them. (No matter how much we are tempted.). In doing so, we equip them with insight from their struggles and failures in order to become stronger. Our goal as grandparents and parents is to encourage our children to think as big as they can, work for nothing less than the best, to have courage and, most importantly, to be kind! Grandparenting is all about contributing to the evolution of relationships.

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Yes, Kids Should Help in the House!

It gives them a sense of teamwork and responsibility…

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

What’s wrong with the kids helping to pick up after themselves and their mess? Our answer: nothing! Engaging in household activities promotes a sense of accomplishment from a child’s perspective such as, “Look what I did!”; and a sense of involvement with purpose, “Can I help?”.

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Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

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