Tag: grandparents

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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Your Personal Evolution (as you age)

We’re now in a new decade full of exciting new opportunities and new entries into our life stories and journeys. When we ushered in this past new year, many people were saying, it’s the “year of change,” and it certainly has been. It is also the year of the “rise of feminine energy”. Can you feel it?

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Summer Camp at Grandma and Grandpa’s

a special feature from Leslie & Kay, Founders of GrandparentsLink

Summer is upon us, and this summer season is looking quite different than all the others. Right? Most camps have been cancelled, and the grandkids will be home. If you are lucky enough to have the kids come visit with you, whether it’s for a week or a day, or a few hours, here are some tips to help in the planning.

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10 Things You ABSOLUTELY Need for the Perfect Beach Day!

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

Summer is right around the corner and one of our favorite articles to write up for our readers, is our beach day essentials. What is worse than getting to the beach and realizing you forgot your water bottle, or sunscreen!? Or, maybe you are in the market for a new tote or sun hat? Well don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 things you absolutely need for a perfect summer beach day!

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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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Create a Memorable Memorial Day

While for so many, Memorial Day weekend is the official kick–off for the “summer season,” it is a very serious holiday, and we feel like it’s a great opportunity to let family and friends, and kids know what it’s all about.

Memorial Day is a time to honor members of the armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country. It also means an extra day to spend time with family—but how? Try one of these family friendly and kid-approved ways to enjoy your time. Create your own tradition this holiday! Plus, we’ve passed along some of our favorite little recipes to enjoy.

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An Insider’s Guide to the Yummiest Smoothies

The freshest season is upon us- so stock up and enjoy all the health benefits of everything delicious in one serving! Smoothies are the ultimate way to jam pack as much nutrition as possible into one drink. These 6 Superfood Smoothies are the perfect meal and full of vitamins which will keep you energized and your mind sharp. The key is the smoothies must taste amazing or you won’t drink them! Try sneaking in handfuls of spinach (you won’t even detect it) since it has such a mild flavor yet is such a nutritional powerhouse.

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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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How to Put the GRAND in Grandparenting…

Expert Tips During This Unusual Crisis
an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D.*

Being over 65 years young with a doctorate in education, still working as an educational therapist, I have never thought of myself as one of “the elderly!” Unfortunately, this label is being used a lot right now during this stressful period, and is something society uses all too often when we hit a certain age. Personally, I don’t like being called out like that – do you?

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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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Creating the Togetherness of It All

Everyone is just breathless, simply breathless regarding this pandemic of COVID-19. Our conversations have such urgency, and our tone that we use with one another is one of anxiety, uncertainly and stress.

I myself found that I am definitely more on edge, more cautious than ever before, with more sleepless nights worrying about when this will all be over. But the one thing I do know, is that I have personally witnessed a depth of kindness even if it is sharing toilet paper packages with a neighbor, or shopping for someone less able-bodied than myself or more at risk. Whatever the case, I know that we will have many stories and experiences to share once this is all behind us.
No doubt you would agree, and none of the above can come soon enough. We all hope the switch gets flipped soon.

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