Sometimes in order to be the ‘grand’parents that we are (!), we may go a bit overboard with many things. Oh, come on admit it – we all do! It’s been a rough road over the last couple of years, and now, as we move forward we hopefully can spend more time in each other’s company. Most importantly, let’s make one point loud and clear: PUT DOWN THE DEVICES AND ENGAGE WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN ☺
a special feature from Bonnie Compton, Parent Coach & Child /Adolescent Therapist*
It’s a new year and hopefully a chance for a clean slate. Does that thought excite or terrify you? Often when we think of the New Year, we think of New Year Resolutions—commitments we make to better ourselves. However, there can be heaviness associated with New Year’s resolutions. You tell yourself, “I’m going to lose 10 pounds” (while your internal dialogue says: “Why do I continue to eat mindlessly, grabbing that last piece of cake…what is wrong with me?”)— or, “I’m going to exercise 5 days per week.” (Internal dialogue says: “I said the same thing last year and that didn’t happen! This year, I’m really going to do it…I can’t let myself fail this time!”)
a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, Founders
Holiday time and knowing that a new year approaches we find ourselves out of breath so to speak! Come to think of it, our daily lives are so very busy that rarely do we intentionally indulge and hit the “mute” button. If you already do this, you are one of the lucky ones who have come to realize that once in a while, this is an important personal exercise for your physical and mental being. Hitting your personal mute button doesn’t mean you are disconnected; rather it infers how truly connected you are. Because our lives are bombarded with consistent stimulus and distractions and routines that comprise the function of our day, we need to take that step back and shut it all down and retrieve a moment or two to feel ourselves and our own presence as we navigate the busy world in which we live. Here’s two simple and mindful suggestions we have for you, and yes, you are worth it.
a special feature by Arlene Bronstein, Author & Grandmother Extraordinaire*
This is a great recipe any time anyone is around for breakfast! It’s easy to do and fun to eat. You can easily pick up these breakfast treats with your hands. Adults like to eat 3 or 4, so you might want to double the recipe. The great thing is you can make them ahead. They are great served right away or out of the refrigerator, or they freeze well and can be popped in the microwave for a minute when you want to use them! Enjoy!
a special feature by Nancy Zoulendyk*, Grandmother Extraordinaire
You know, it’s really unbelievable. My grandchildren think I am the very best cook in the entire world! No matter how I try and demur, they persist using a whole laundry list of flattering adjectives. I remember the time I put together a Strawberry Shortcake, and one of my grand boys declared in a joyous tone with his arms outreached, this cake was, “THE BEST thing I have ever eaten.” What if he was only four or five at the time, and hadn’t experienced too many of life’s culinary delights – so what? !!!! Flattery can go a long, long way.
Just in time for the holidays, here’s a great idea…
Consider this incredible fun idea for the entire family. From the wee ones to the older adults, this is sure to please the whole group. There’s nothing better than family memories and sharing them- right? Here’s a suggestion sure to delight every age… with a lasting memory to boot.
If your holiday celebration with your grandchildren is limited to a single day or even from far away, why not extend it with added endeavors, and make it even more memorable. To get closer to your grandchildren (with that holiday spirit of course), we recommend these fun activities.*
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.
The Value of a Moment
a special feature by Vina Bermudez Mogg*
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss
Did you know your iPhone has a feature that will replay a day in time of your photos as a movie?
Of the thousands of unused icons that float by daily on the screen, this time I tapped into one of them.