Tag: family

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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On Family Matters….. Check your baggage at the door!

When it comes to family relationships, sometimes as difficult as they may be, you have to check your baggage at the door and enter the family dynamics without cause, or opinion, or direction. Often learning how to put a hold on your own ideology, or your own agenda is as difficult as saying no to that delicious and sinfully rich chocolate fudge cake. Bottom line- think before you speak or act. Respond rather than react. Maybe cite a cute example of something as simple as saying how delicious the family meal was, even though you could not disseminate between the green bean or the chocolate chip cookie- so what if that happened. Don’t ever expect more than cherishing that you are simply still together. Nothing else matters. After grappling through the past few years, let’s enjoy and embrace what we now have.

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Why Animals Are So Good for Us!

no matter what age!

Did you know that May7th – May 13th we celebrate National Pet Week, and it’s incredible to think that over 393.3 million pets live in the US alone- can you imagine the world numbers? Two out of every three American households includes a pet as of a study conducted Dec 2022. So, why do all of us who are animal lovers seem so unselfish and responsible to our four-legged buddies who share our lives? So willing to take responsibility for their health, well-being and their particular own aging process? The answer is simple:

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Connecting with Teenage Grandchildren

When your grandchildren were toddlers, they lit up your world, and when they were kids, they wanted to spend hours and hours at your house with you.  Now that they’ve grown up into teenagers it can be tougher to connect. While teens can be a little harder to converse with, often preferring their peers to their elders, it’s not impossible. You just have to find some one-on-one time and a little common ground.

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What Happens When Your Son In-Law Ticks You Off?

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

We are always talking about the mother/daughter relationship and how that carries forward into the marriage relationship of our children. Research shows that most mothers of daughters say they are feeling close because for the most part, women kinda call the shots! However, let’s not forget about the sons-in-law; they deserve the utmost respect, honesty and warmth, and a chance to have a relationship with you, and for you to understand who they are. What makes it so very complicated is that you are virtually a stranger to their quirks and needs and their personal dynamics- after all, they aren’t your child! So, what happens when your son-in-law hits a nerve with you? Don’t fret, we’ve come up with simple thoughts to help keep your annoyances to yourself (for the most part!). Most important premise above all …. Remember, absolutely no relationship, no matter who it is with is ever smooth-sailing 100% of the time.

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The Biggest No-No’s of Family Relationships

a special feature by Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com

There’s nothing like family. The people we’re related to by blood and marriage are expected to be our closest allies, our greatest sources of love and support. Too often, however, our interactions with family are filled with misunderstanding and resentment, bickering and badgering. Those we should know and be known by best, end up feeling like adversaries or strangers. Here are some tips on ways to keep your family dynamics and relationships healthier and happier!

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8 Ways to Really Show You are “Grand”

Muses of being a grandparent and what you can do often calls for some deliberate thinking!
Being a knock-your-socks-off grandma or grandpa is fun, sure – but it also takes time and effort. Here’s some tips we’ve caught along the way to help you show off exactly how grand you are!*

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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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