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About Ann Richardson

Ann Richardson is a writer and grandmother. She is fascinated by other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions and loves to write books where they can express their views in their own words. Her most recent book is Celebrating Grandmothers: Grandmothers Talk About Their Lives. Ann lives in London, England, as do her two children and two grandsons. Please visit her website http://www.celebratinggrandmothers.info
Latest Posts | By Ann Richardson
Why Do Our Grandchildren Grow Up So Quickly?
2 weeks ago

Why Do Our Grandchildren Grow Up So Quickly?

By  •  Family

We all know that our sense of time changes as we grow older – with everything speeding up at an alarming rate. One of the most notable markers of this is the age of our children – and even more so – our grandchildren. Read More

Discipline and Detention: Looking Back at School in the 1950s
2 months ago

Discipline and Detention: Looking Back at School in the 1950s

By  •  Mindset

My husband and I had an unusual experience this week. We visited his old school, along with about 60 other men in their 60s and above. There were also a few other wives. Let me explain why we were there, and the impact of the visit. Read More

The Painful Truth About Unhappy Grandmothers
2 months ago

The Painful Truth About Unhappy Grandmothers

By  •  Family

There are many happy grandmothers about. I know; I am one of them. We play with the kids, we bore our friends by talking about how wonderful they are and we generally feel very pleased with the way grandchildren have enhanced our lives. Read More

What it Means to Say “I am Not a Grandmother”
2 months ago

What it Means to Say “I am Not a Grandmother”

By  •  Family

We do not usually identify ourselves by what we are not. We do not say I am not blonde or not good at knitting or I do not come from a large family. Nor do other people think about these things when they think of us. Read More

The Art of Taking and Sharing Photos as a New Grandma
4 months ago

The Art of Taking and Sharing Photos as a New Grandma

By  •  Family

So, you have become a grandmother! It is a time of excitement, love and warmth – and you are eager to share this with your friends. What better way than via pictures of the new baby? It is so easy these days with mobile phones. You can show photos from day one. What a pleasure for everyone. Read More

Are You Ready to Be a Great-Grandma? Thinking About the Long-term Future
5 months ago

Are You Ready to Be a Great-Grandma? Thinking About the Long-term Future

By  •  Mindset

Not long ago, my six-year old grandson took me aback. “Granny,” he asked innocently enough. “Would you do me a favour?” I assumed he wanted another biscuit (cookie) or to watch some more television. Read More

Grandfathers Ain’t What they Used to Be… and that’s a Good Thing!
6 months ago

Grandfathers Ain’t What they Used to Be… and that’s a Good Thing!

By  •  Family

Have you noticed that something very wonderful is happening to men? Perhaps not all men in every circumstance, but certainly with respect to children in their family. They are becoming so very much more involved. It is a joy to behold. Read More

3 Reasons Becoming a Grandmother is the Best Feeling in the World
7 months ago

3 Reasons Becoming a Grandmother is the Best Feeling in the World

By  •  Family

Ask almost any woman about her new grandchild and she will light up all over, like a young woman in love. Read More

The Joy of Watching Our Grandchildren’s Personalities Emerge
7 months ago

The Joy of Watching Our Grandchildren’s Personalities Emerge

By  •  Family

One of the real pleasures of having grandchildren is watching them grow into very distinctive individuals.

One minute, there is a little new born baby, looking sweet and untouched. Then, in what feels like no time at all, you suddenly have a child with a strong personality. It is quite breath-taking. Read More

Are You Happy with How Your Grandchildren Are Being Raised?
8 months ago

Are You Happy with How Your Grandchildren Are Being Raised?

By  •  Family

As your children take that giant step of becoming parents themselves, what do you feel about how they are doing? Some grandmothers are highly impressed with the way their grandchildren are being brought up. Others are disappointed or even distressed. Read More