Tag: relationships

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. Sometimes it can feel like a real tug-o-war with the other grandma. So how do you get into the right mindset that allows you to be the best grandma you can be without feeling like it’s a competition?

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Grandparents Contribute to Children’s Well-being at Any Age

With changing family patterns, increased life expectancy, and growing numbers of two incomes, there are higher rates of family breakdown. Grandparents are now playing an increasing role in their grandchildren’s lives. And the definitions of who and what grandparents are has changed over the past decades as well. We grandparents have re-defined ourselves unlike any other generation.

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Sometimes Silence is Golden*

As grandparents, learning how to control the urge to step on toes or overstep boundaries in relationships is an important part of our personal being that can affect every aspect of life and our familial and social relationships. For some people, silence comes naturally. These fortunate individuals know the power of silence and they are comfortable in that silence. However, there are quite a few of us who need to learn the art of practicing silence.

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Let’s Get the Kids off the Electronics – at least for a little bit!

Some Fun Learning Activities…with Boxes, Junk, and Books
an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

Right now, children and adults are on Zoom all day. And then, everyone is so exhausted that adults tend to allow children MORE screen time for games. STOP!

Here is a creative way to involve children with fun activities that involve books, creativity, and building, while promoting the “love of books and reading.”

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17 Things To Do When You Are All Cooped Up

(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!

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Open Your Mind…

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!*

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Great Advice!

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.”
Abraham Lincoln

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.

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Humans Aren’t the Only Mammals Who Rely on Grandmothers to Babysit

We know grandparenting is a valuable resource for each generation because grandparents bring a dimension of life and experience; and link to our cultural and physical environment.  Now, a new study draws an interesting parallel to the benefits of ‘grandmothering Orca style’.

Grandmothers have been helping the human race to survive, and now we know the same is true for Orca whales. 

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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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Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

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Get up close and personal with Leslie & Kay, founders of Grandparentslink.com, in this live radio interview with #Grand radio.
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