Tag: relationships

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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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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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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Yes, Our Behavior Does Count with Kids!

Don’t fool yourself for one minute.
a special feature from Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow, founders grandparentslink.com

The kids are always watching us as we are their examples, so what we say and how we say things is really important. Remember when we used to spell out something because we didn’t want the kids to hear? Well, now with technology and all the other programs or apps they are watching… the kids are exposed to much, much, more than ever before. They are truly savvy. Children at every age group are visually witnessing adult behavior and mannerisms at every level including our body language.

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Imagination in the Age of COVID-19

Getting through all this is trying at times, but the best thing is that we are all in it together! A couple of weeks ago, we gave you virtual tour ideas, but now want to share a few more with you… that we have thoroughly enjoyed

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For Mother’s Day…6 Gifts We Absolutely Love

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

Mom’s special holiday is closer than you think, and remember, Mom always comes first. That’s the rule. Here’s six fabulous gifts that will make this holiday even better – our editor’s picks. Maybe you can’t “buy” a mother’s love—but you can at least grease the wheels by getting her the right gift. Maybe it’s a pair of shoes she’s been eyeing for ages. Maybe it’s a new gadget to keep up with her busy life. Maybe all that matters is that it comes from her favorite kid (you, obviously). Whatever the case, it’ll be here on our list!

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Looking Inside (all around me that is)

a special feature from co-founder Kay Ziplow

So now that it’s been several weeks of a state ordered ‘stay – in -place’, I find that with relatively much imagination, a sense of humor, and a real thirst for finding the glass half full…I am less worried about myself than all the other things I have no control over. After all, as I think most of you would agree…why get angry when anger does no good?

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Grandparents with Empty Nest Syndrome

it’s a real thing…
As a grandparent seeing our grandchildren from birth to mature years enriches our lives and we happily share many great adventures and milestones along the way. When the time comes to further their studies or fly the nest, do grandparents genuinely feel a true sense of loss? Oh yes, we do!

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5 Tips for Nurturing Your Relationship with Grandchildren as They Grow

Are your grandkids getting older (yeah, they seem to do that!)? Well, no doubt you may be missing those sweet snuggles, silly games or their big bear hugs and kisses they frequently gave you.

They no longer need you to help manage their schedule, fix their PB & J’s (not forgetting to cut off the crust), or put a cute band aid on their boo boo.

You may feel you’re no longer “needed” but that is so NOT true! They need you more than ever, but in a different way.

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Help Our Children Learn to Interact

an exclusive feature by Sarina Peddy, GPL Executive Assistant and Pre School Teacher*

This era of technology has created a world where two-year-olds use digital devices before they are even out of diapers. People walk with their heads down texting and using their PDA as they navigate the sidewalk, and children are growing up where the art of communication is anything but looking each other in the eye and talking.

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Back by Popular Demand…Grandparents Listen Up:

Don’t Buy A Grandchild’s Love
a special feature from Leslie Zinberg and Kay Ziplow, founders of Grandparentslink.com

This may be a frank talk, grandparents, but it’s an important one when it comes to being a grandparent! We all know how easy it is to spoil our little loved ones, but now and again we might go overboard with gift giving. Whether it is a situation where relatives are feeling embarrassed they can’t provide the way you might, or parents feeling undermined by your extravagant gifts, we want to help you stay in the right lane when it comes to gift giving. Because in reality, you shouldn’t have to buy your grandchild’s love!

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