Tag: relationships

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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The Truth About Lying

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

Remember what happened to Pinocchio? Well, he didn’t get a long nose from telling the truth, did he? Lying and keeping secrets in a family can be a nuclear disaster waiting to happen. Now, before you get angry with that statement, consider this. Relationships maintain our connections in life such as trust, truth, and a commitment to partnering. When secrets enter the picture, they often undermine the connections that are ever so cherished between family members. A simple benign family secret, however, can increase closeness in things like your grandchildren sharing a special secret language with their grandparents, or jokes and traditions. These benign secrets are rooted in joy and intimate exchange.

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Connecting with your Grandchildren- Tips for all age groups!

You have a joyous opportunity to support the next generation. Be yourself, be firm but fair, and bond through tradition
Anthropologists and evolutionary theorists who have studied family relationships throughout history identify grandparents as playing an important part in helping parents ensure the physical survival of their children. While not a popular subject for research, studies of modern societies too show how the involvement of grandparents can help their grandchildren’s resilience and overall healthy development.

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Why Animals Are So Good for Us!

no matter what age!

Did you know that May7th – May 13th we celebrate National Pet Week, and it’s incredible to think that over 393.3 million pets live in the US alone- can you imagine the world numbers? Two out of every three American households includes a pet as of a study conducted Dec 2022. So, why do all of us who are animal lovers seem so unselfish and responsible to our four-legged buddies who share our lives? So willing to take responsibility for their health, well-being and their particular own aging process? The answer is simple:

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Great Reads on Grandparenting and Understanding Children

Becoming a grandparent is one of those magical moments in life—an opportunity to pass down wisdom, tradition, and hard-won experience. People fortunate enough to become grandparents are usually understandably thrilled at the prospect—but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an ongoing learning curve, or that there aren’t moments of doubt, confusion, and possibly panic. After all, we need to grow with our grandchildren. Whether the situation is ‘new grandparenting’ or you just want to understand more, the best way is to read—or at least to have the right reference materials on hand. These books will ensure you’re ready for whatever your grandkids throw at you—literally, and in a pinch they can be used to decorate your bookshelves. Ha!

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