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.
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!
Grandparents have a role in the lives of their grandchildren, but what exactly is that role? Let your adult children take the lead and discuss your expectations with them.
Becoming a grandparent changes everything. Coupled with incomparable joy is uncertainty about where you fit in. Your role — not always appreciated by society — is vitally important in shaping a grandchild’s life. At the end of the day, you and the parents want what’s best for the child. But, as you may discover you don’t always share the same ideology, and you must take a step back and understand that you’ve entered their world, sometimes feeling like a foreign ambassador. And, what you may really need is a handbook for diplomacy!
It goes without saying that no divorce is easy and the death or dissolution of a marriage is undoubtedly a challenging experience for all parties involved. However, a divorce where children are involved naturally adds a layer of complexity that cannot be ignored. Like all children, those of divorced parents, did not ask to be here. They didn’t ask to be born, and they certainly didn’t ask for their parents to get divorced. In spite of their involvement being completely out of their control, children of divorced parents typically are the biggest casualties of the split.
Fall is such an exciting season with the weather getting cooler and the leaves turning beautiful colors. There are so many fun fall activities to do with kids so take a look at this list of over 100 fun and kid friendly ideas for making the most of fall!
Well it’s certainly true, kids sure grow up fast. One day they are toddlers, and a flash they are all grown. One thing is for sure, some of the most difficult years involve tween & teen years. Here’s the good news… You can do something to help them (but it’s probably different than what you’ve been doing).
When your adult child got married, did you envision a wonderful relationship with his/her spouse? Did you draw a picture in your mind of endless visits, traditional family dinners, holidays, and so forth?
Sometimes our dreams and wishes can easily slip into expectations, and that’s what gets us in trouble!
Relativity speaking, we all mean well, right? Of course we do! Often times we say things with the best of intentions, but in the end, our words, our delivery, and just the general environment of the conversation fall short of anything but trouble. Hey, everyone is human. So, when we falter as adults and need to take a quick look at ourselves in the mirror, remember these words of wisdom and advice we have collected to share with you.
It’s our belief that sharing is caring; and therefore, we are all about just that! Together we bring you a combination and blend of our grandparenting tips. We hope every moment you’re together with your grandkids, you’re mindful of how truly special this journey is.
Want to be a better grandparent? We are always working on it – are you? Here’s a little something to think about… How we express ourselves to our grandchildren, with our words and tone, can often be confusing.
We’ve compiled a list of 7 unbeatable choices for your next family movie night. The selections span more than 50 years of filmmaking and include all the magic, the music, and the fun that you and the kids want from great family films. If your grandchildren haven’t seen these films, they are missing out! And so what if you’ve seen it 3 times?