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Grandchildren

How important are your grandchildren to you? Whether you are a grandparent raising grandchildren or you just like to help out from time to time, we can help you to build a better relationship with your grandkids.

The More the Merrier – Getting Used to Having a New Grandchild in Your Life
1 day ago

The More the Merrier – Getting Used to Having a New Grandchild in Your Life

By  •  Family

A couple of years ago I started minding my one-year-old granddaughter for two days a week when my daughter returned to work after her maternity leave ended. If you didn’t know, you can catch up with one of the weekly blog posts I wrote here. Read More

How to Sow the Seeds of Patience with Your Grandchildren
3 days ago

How to Sow the Seeds of Patience with Your Grandchildren

By  •  Family

Like most three-year olds, patience is something my little granddaughter (J) has very little of. When she comes round to see us, within minutes every toy is out. Within an hour she has painted, pummelled play dough, played shops and been outside on her bike! Read More

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

Living Where You Love vs. Living Near the Grandkids in Retirement
3 weeks ago

Living Where You Love vs. Living Near the Grandkids in Retirement

By  •  Family

Recently, Judy, my wife of 44 years, and I experienced a difficult family situation probably best captured by a rephrasing of the oft-repeated lines from the popular song by the British band The Clash – Should we stay or should we go? Read More

Millennials Are Sharing Differently… and Boomers Should Pay Attention!
4 weeks ago

Millennials Are Sharing Differently… and Boomers Should Pay Attention!

By  •  Lifestyle

Millennials are at the center of every discussion about values and lifestyle these days, and not much of the conversation is positive! It’s not that they are rebels, or scruffy, or rude to their elders – rather it’s because they are too nice. Read More

Parenting Adult Children: 3 Decisions to Help Guide Your Conversations
1 month ago

Parenting Adult Children: 3 Decisions to Help Guide Your Conversations

By  •  Family

When your child was three years old, you had one way to communicate. Due to their immaturity, chances are you were more directive and direct with them. “Don’t touch the hot stove!” or “Let’s go use the potty!” These were the ways we communicated based on the needs of the moment. Read More

5 Ways to Reinvent Yourself as a Long-distance Grandma, While Getting to Know Your Grandkids Better
2 months ago

5 Ways to Reinvent Yourself as a Long-distance Grandma, While Getting to Know Your Grandkids Better

Sometimes I worry about what my grandchildren will remember about me. I don’t live near them, and with the busy lives everyone has, I don’t see them often. Does this worry you, too? 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

Good Old-Fashioned Play is Still Important for Our Modern Grandkids
3 months ago

Good Old-Fashioned Play is Still Important for Our Modern Grandkids

Did you know that the amount of time that today’s children spend playing is far less than the amount of time we spent playing? Read More