Recently, I’ve been reflecting on where have all my years gone? They say that time moves faster the older you get. I never really believed that until I started getting older! I’m acutely aware that I have fewer years ahead of me than behind me and I want to savor every moment. How do I want to be and what do I want to do with my “one wild and precious life” as expressed by the poet Mary Oliver.
Just when you thought you’d mastered the essential art of self-care, here comes perhaps the easiest way to help create harmony in your day and improve your mood. Nope- its not a mani-pedi or 20 minutes with a good book. Instead, you can eat your way into a happier you. Really!!*
Fun food and sweet desserts- that’s what this recipe is all about! These little miniature cheesecakes are a make ahead dessert. You can have them stored in the fridge and ready to go… whenever! But best of all, we made these with our grandkids and let them use their imaginations (and of course whatever was in the pantry) to top off these delectable treats. We promise you – this treat is a definite go to!
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.
(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!
Looking for a couple of ways to wow your grandchildren for dessert, instead of the same old ice cream and brownies? These two super easy recipes will excite all the kids and show them whose got all the talent!*
It’s a topic likely to make younger people squirm, but elder sex is having a moment, following a breakthrough British study showing that physical intimacy is still important to many seniors. Helloooo! Research shows that as we all age, it’s a lot of fun and good for your health to just not ‘sweat all the little stuff’… after all, we did that when we were young! Here are some great tips to keep you on your toes, healthy, happy, and getting your groove on!*
It has been a challenging time for parents, grandparents, and children during the Covid-19 crisis. Children and adults feel the isolation from family and friends and the security of attending school. Distance learning has become the norm. Teachers are trying to figure out how to teach without having the children in school and parents have had to adjust to being 24-hour parents, a teacher, a friend, working from home, and keeping it all together physically and emotionally. Your adult children may have asked for your help as they work from home. Not all of us are in the same city and can help, but if you are close by and can assist, here are some good pointers both for you and your grandchild’s parents.
Three ideas to keep in mind…*
A little bit of mindfulness can go a long way, and as a grandparent you have a choice to learn how to do exactly that and take stock of what is really important.
FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Positive thinking can be a challenge because our brains are wired to focus on negativity. By being in the moment and acknowledging good things as they are happening, we become more optimistic, resilient and conﬁdent. We actually can change our brains and our lives, and those of our grandchildren
…but it takes regular practice and commitment.
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….