Tag: relationships

In Memoriam

I had to say goodbye to a dear friend of mine this week. Someone I loved, laughed with, cried with, worked with and admired. You know her too, Kay Ziplow, a woman of great spirit… She created this website with me, we wrote and kept it going together. She was smart, clever, funny, and gallant in her fight to live, which she lost on Friday.

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The Grand Dilemma….

Remember, we told you that grandparenting is not a competition with the other grandparents.
How do you get along with the “other” grandma or grandfather? Many grandparents have confessed they feel competitive, but don’t worry -it’s normal to feel a little rivalry for our grandchildren’s affection. Knowing it’s shared with another set of grandparents can sometimes feel threatening — especially, if the “other” grandparent lives closer to the grandchildren or appears to have more money to spend on them, or maybe has more privileges because they are the maternal grandparents.

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8 Ways to Keep Peace in the Family

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

Of course, as grandparents we are always trying to keep peace in the family, but sometimes some of us need some gentile reminders of how we all want and deserve to be treated. We’ve all had those moments when our son-in-law or daughter-in-law or our own grown children just really make us angry, and we want to blow up. Or how about when a family member canceled plans last minute when you had planned something special and you feel so discouraged. But don’t worry, we’re all human! And sometimes we all need reminders on how to keep that peace! Here at GPL we have touched on this topic many times. No one is an expert here- it’s all about trial and error, and taking notice so that the next situation won’t implode.

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Back by popular demand… It’s Not a Competition with the “Other” Grandma*

a wonderful read about sharing, caring, loving and being…..

How do you get along with the “other” grandma? Many grandmas have confessed they feel competitive with the “other” grandma. It’s normal to feel a little rivalry for our grandchildren’s affection. Knowing it’s shared with another set of grandparents can sometimes feel threatening — especially, if the “other” grandma lives closer to the grandchildren, has more money to spend on them, and has more privileges because she’s the maternal grandma.

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Is Infidelity Over 55 On The Rise?

Sometimes as we grow older, we have had to accept that things change, and move with those changes and adapt when applicable. Yup- sometimes it’s a tough situation and hits us out of leftfield. Contrary to what we might expect of people in long-standing, seemingly committed relationships, it’s been found people over the age of 55 are more likely to have affairs than millennials. (We can’t believe it either!)

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Are We Discounted?

a special feature from Kay Ziplow, co- founder

Okay grandparents, let’s be honest- as we age- have you ever felt discounted? Have you ever felt that in the one on one or family conversations you are not taken seriously, with integrity, credibility, or perhaps have you felt invisible? The other day while driving with my daughter and her children (my adorable grandchildren) I couldn’t participate in any conversation- no one was giving me an opportunity to just talk- to just participate, and quite frankly I left like Casper the friendly ghost. There was no harm meant- it was just the environment at the time.

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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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Develop Your Own Grandparenting Style

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

If you poll all the grandparents you know, and maybe those you don’t- you’ll come away with one important fact…. each ‘grand’parent is unique and has their own style. There is no book or manual to read and we don’t care what anyone says- plain and simple this is the best time of your life! Now, think of it this way; like Iris Apfel in all her glory and style setting- we too are very much the same. Each of us brings to the table a very exclusive one-of-a-kind character. Take note of that because you can customize your ideal role as a grandparent. Trust us when we tell you…. no one size fits all when it comes to grandparenting! Be unique and be yourself! Here’s a few ips we’d love to share:

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