Tag: relationships

What Grandparents Give to Healthy Relationships with Grandkids

a special feature from Kay Ziplow and Leslie Zinberg, founders of grandparentslink

Grandparenting- it’s an adrenaline shot of extra energy that is restorative, an option to bring out the youthfulness in your life. Most importantly, being a grandparent gives us purpose. Protect yourself against depression, boost your brain function (you’ve got to be on your toes!), and make sure to take care of your body so that you will get to enjoy the love from your grandchildren for many years to come!

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Could Your Sex Life Be Better?

Ask grandparents for advice…

The Wall Street Journal caught our eye with this article, and we feel this is a definite MUST read- even if you don’t think you need to!! Anyone who can keep the spark alive well into his or her later years has wisdom to share, and that insight is especially useful now, when the stress of the pandemic has taken a toll on intimacy for many of us.

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Do You Live Your Most Authentic Life?

an exclusive feature from Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com

As we age, we often tend to forget just who and what we are. That’s so sad, since we are more vital than ever — to our families and to ourselves and to our friends. This is not our last act, but the beginning of new and interesting experiences, and that’s why it’s so very important to do a little self-examination occasionally. A little check on the system never hurt anyone.

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What Happens When Your Son In-Law Ticks You Off?

a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders of grandparentslink.com

We are always talking about the mother/daughter relationship and how that carries forward into the marriage relationship of our children. Research shows that most mothers of daughters say they are feeling close because for the most part, women kinda call the shots! However, let’s not forget about the sons-in-law; they deserve the utmost respect, honesty and warmth, and a chance to have a relationship with you, and for you to understand who they are. What makes it so very complicated is that you are virtually a stranger to their quirks and needs and their personal dynamics- after all, they aren’t your child! So, what happens when your son-in-law hits a nerve with you? Don’t fret, we’ve come up with simple thoughts to help keep your annoyances to yourself (for the most part!). Most important premise above all …. Remember, absolutely no relationship, no matter who it is with is ever smooth-sailing 100% of the time.

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The Biggest No-No’s of Family Relationships

a special feature by Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com

There’s nothing like family. The people we’re related to by blood and marriage are expected to be our closest allies, our greatest sources of love and support. Too often, however, our interactions with family are filled with misunderstanding and resentment, bickering and badgering. Those we should know and be known by best, end up feeling like adversaries or strangers. Here are some tips on ways to keep your family dynamics and relationships healthier and happier!

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How to be the ‘Grand’parent You Dreamed of Becoming

First things first ‘grand’parents, we need you to realize that it’s not a competition with anyone… not with your spouse to see who can get more attention, and certainly not with your own child, nor the mother or father of your adored grandchild. The grandkids are embarking upon a part of their lives where they need to discover and uncover and experience all that life has brought forth.  You now must learn as a grandparent to be in control of consideration and respect, and manage your emotions so that you are not the cause of family despair. Sometimes, as much as you may not want to…you may have to learn a little self-discipline and keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself.

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The State of Grandparenting

a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders

Let’s face it, family dynamics are ever changing, and grandparenting is changing with it…so painting a picture of grandparenting today is a complicated task. For example, on one hand, greater mobility has meant that families are spread across the country and many children aren’t able to see their grandparents as frequently. Life is hectic for all generations and even families who live near each other may not spend much time together. Look at what occurred when we all were in quarantine! Covid has forever impacted every facet of our lives. On the other hand, people are having fewer children and living longer. For most of human history, families looked like a pyramid, with few older members at the top and many young members at the bottom. Today, families are shaped more vertically, like a beanpole, with a more equal number of members in each generation. With fewer family members in each generation, intergenerational relationships can take on added significance.

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5 Ways to Achieve Family Harmony

a special feature form Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com

Yes, it’s true.
It is possible despite all the different personalities, needs, dispositions, temperaments, and personas, to achieve family harmony. This notion of being unified on the basis of mutual family respect, tolerance, consideration, and love, doesn’t mean that anyone will lose their identity. The ability to trust, support, and communicate differences in a constructive manner, and look beyond the selfness, will only procure a healthy picture of family and connections.

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The Life Lessons of Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Humpty Dumpty is one of the best-known nursery rhymes in the English language. I can still remember when I learned that Humpty was an egg. Only recently did I get a much better appreciation of the lesson contained in the rhyme, when I read about one doctor’s report of what Humpty Dumpty really brings into our lives.*

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Can You Talk to Your Daughter-in-Law?*

With the onset of a New Year and possibly looking back upon the holiday time, many family issues may have been illuminated during this hectic time. Here is a wonderful take on just that…

Communication with adult children can be challenging. Communication with adult children-in-law can be even more challenging. And communication with your daughter-in-law can be the most challenging of all.

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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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