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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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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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