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Surrendering to Life’s Gifts

an exclusive feature from Bonnie Compton*
“Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” ~Rumi
Do you ever find yourself looking back at your life and wondering why some things occurred the way they did? Maybe you’ve held on to regrets, wishing you’d done things differently. Or perhaps you’re the type of person that goes with the flow and allows life to lead you.

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Activities to Keep the Kids Entertained

We know it’s tough sometimes to think of fun and interesting stuff for the kids to do when they’re in your environment (your house)… so we’ve come across a great site that we need to share with you that gives you an inside look at just that, so check out…

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Something to Bark About

an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

I love dogs. In fact, I love all animals and animal stories, but dogs are my favorite. In the 90’s I had a dog named Kugel, named after a Jewish dish with noodles. She was especially responsive to children. As a teacher I would take her to school and let the kids read books to her. She was especially responsive to children and would even “talk” as they read her a book. When they finished and said, “The End,” she would bark twice. The book would have to be a dog story, of course, but I’ll get to that later.

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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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Empower Children in Water and in Life!

With summer right around the corner…. there are certain things that are really important to having fun. First and foremost is a child’s ability to be comfortable and have the skills for swimming. Do your grandchildren know how to swim? Would you like to assist them in learning valuable swimming skills? Now’s your chance.

A Mermaid’s Guide: Empower Your Child In Water and in Life, by Michelle Lang debunks old swim myths, like why you should STOP teaching children to blow bubbles and what you should tell them instead. The book also gives simple but important skills to teach children starting in the BATHTUB that could save a child’s life.

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Sunscreens and You

It’s so natural… the sun is shining, and the weather is warm and inviting and all you want to do is be outside. We don’t think there’s anyone who would disagree with being right there with you. But listen up, sun damage accelerates the signs of aging
(and no one wants that!), plus the integrity of your skin texture is compromised by with sun exposure. Need we say more about skin cancer?

Now heed another warning because chemicals found in sunscreen are under fire. 
Big time. Mineral creams now are the way to go! 

No matter what time of year, unless you live in a cave such as a grizzly bear, your skin deserves to have protection. The right kind of protection. Doctors and research concur – it’s important to be smart and wear sunscreen… every season. 

Chemicals long used in sunblock are under new scrutiny — and may signal it’s time to start reaching for alternatives. Some of these chemicals enter the bloodstream at a rate that should require additional safety data. The four chemicals — avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene — are among the 12 ingredients that the FDA recently flagged in its efforts to update sunscreen regulations. “Mineral sunscreens, as opposed to chemical sunscreens, are a better bet,” says New York dermatologist Michele Green. They contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — which the FDA has deemed generally safe and effective.

Here are a few suggestions to get you on the right track

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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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Lovin’ Our Earth… despite our condition right now

It is quite incredible to see what a pickle we’re all in right now. Even so, there’s so much to be grateful and thankful for. What we do now will forever resonate and create a footprint for the future, and for generations to come. 

This Wednesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! While we may not feel too celebratory or have access to celebrate, we will have a tomorrow, and we will have a time to embrace this scared planet we occupy. So… we’ve taken the position here at Grandparentslink that possibly every day should be one where we grab a moment, look around, and see what we can do to preserve this beautiful planet we live and breathe on. You can easily practice a mindful approach and figure out what you can do to make your personal footprint a cleaner and healthier one for all. Go ahead, make a conscious choice to better our earth. Check out five ways you can make a difference (in our exclusive features), that can be easily incorporated into a style of life, thus becoming a ‘lifestyle’. Let’s do this together.

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14 Tips for Grandparents During Covid-19

an exclusive feature from Leslie Zinberg & Pam Siegel, authors of
Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

Whether you live far away or close to your grandchildren, in today’s reality most of us are not seeing our grandchildren up close. In fact, we are all doing “long distance grandparenting.” Our population of grandparents are particularly susceptible to Covid 19, so it’s really important to hunker down.

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Creating the Togetherness of It All

Everyone is just breathless, simply breathless regarding this pandemic of COVID-19. Our conversations have such urgency, and our tone that we use with one another is one of anxiety, uncertainly and stress.

I myself found that I am definitely more on edge, more cautious than ever before, with more sleepless nights worrying about when this will all be over. But the one thing I do know, is that I have personally witnessed a depth of kindness even if it is sharing toilet paper packages with a neighbor, or shopping for someone less able-bodied than myself or more at risk. Whatever the case, I know that we will have many stories and experiences to share once this is all behind us.
No doubt you would agree, and none of the above can come soon enough. We all hope the switch gets flipped soon.

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