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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.

Living Where You Love vs. Living Near the Grandkids in Retirement
2 months 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!
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 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
3 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”
4 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
4 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

Are You Ready to Show Off Your Grandmother Power?
5 months ago

Are You Ready to Show Off Your Grandmother Power?

By  •  Family

My view of the world will never be quite the same.

This past week, a friend and I attended a mind-blowing exhibit at Dennos Museum in Traverse City. It is entitled “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon,” and is based on the work of photojournalist/storyteller Paola Gianturco. She chronicles the stories of grandmothers around the world fighting for a better future for their grandchildren. Read More

Is a College Savings Plan the Perfect Gift for Grandkids?
5 months ago

Is a College Savings Plan the Perfect Gift for Grandkids?

By  •  Family

As we enter the holiday season, we grandparents find ourselves wondering what to get the grandkids. This year, here is a suggestion that will have a lasting impact! Read More

An Open Letter to My Grandchildren: 10 Things I Want Them to Know
5 months ago

An Open Letter to My Grandchildren: 10 Things I Want Them to Know

By  •  Family

Our five-year-old grandson recently asked my husband and me “Will we always be together?”

I was stunned that such a small child would ask such a profound question. I’m not sure that he understood the depth of the question, until I realized that it was one of those stream of consciousness thoughts sandwiched in between, “How much longer before the movie starts” and “Does anyone have a snack because I’m hungry.” Read More