Old is New Again with Baby Names and Go Beyond the Past of Loving Grandparents to Gender Neutrality

baby names

A long (we never say old) dear grandfather friend recently told me that his newest grandson was born and named for a grandfather of the parent.  The name harkens back to those who were born in the 1920s. It is a name one hardly hears today and was never a name that one would think was a great … [Continue reading]

Candied Strawberries Made With Sugar or Stevia For a Healthy Treat


Summer is strawberry season.  However, this summer a grandson complained to me that the strawberries were not sweet.  Oprah must have agreed, as in her August 2016 Oprah Magazine she included a recipe for Candied Strawberries! Oprah’s recipe uses sugar and is not a recipe that a grandma can do … [Continue reading]

Dirt, Nuts, Bad Hygiene and Habits Such As Nail Biting and Thumb Sucking May Have A Benefit After All


Whenever a parent of a grandchild is worried about something the grandchild is or is not doing, such as sleeping through the night, or toilet … [Continue reading]

Best of Boston With Grandchildren or As a Multigenerational Vacation in 2016 and 2017

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

In 2012, this Grandma wrote a post about the Best of Boston with grandchildren. That was when we took our oldest grandson to Boston for the first … [Continue reading]

Table Tennis at the Rio Olympics Gets Our Grandchildren and Us Moving and Away From Electronics for Holiday Gifts 2016

table tennis

This Grandma is not athletic, but when Grandpa and I bought our children an outdoor ping pong table for our screened porch when they reached early … [Continue reading]

Grandparents As the Joyful Transition to and from Sleep Away Camp as a Continuation Of Such Assistance to Parents From the Birth of the Baby Grandchild


This Grandma remembers being the first transition person, the first "overnight" for parents of our first grandchild to be away from their baby … [Continue reading]

.Grandparents’ Favoritism Is Real In Many Families and Its Consequences May Last Generations


Very often this Grandma is asked by grandparents if there is a difference between being the grandparents of a son's children or a daughter's children. … [Continue reading]

Making Ice Cream and Icy Treats With Grandchildren Has Never Been Easier and May Lead to A Learning Lesson in Shopping Too

ice cream

This Grandma’s cooking expertise is making reservations.  For desserts, when the grandchildren come, there are always M & M cookie ice cream … [Continue reading]

The Right Way to Bribe Kids to Read” Is Wrong


One of this Grandma’s mantras is that each family is unique and there is no right way or one way to raise kids.   The grandchildren will be fine, even … [Continue reading]

Is G-Date, Grandparent Date, the Dating Service Misnamed


The Hebrew Nursing Home in Riverdale, New York, is in the news. The New York Times, July 12, 2016, reporting on it, in "Too Old For Sex: Not at This … [Continue reading]

Is the Thesaurus A Book About Dinosaurs or A Dinosaur to Our Grandchildren from Preschool to High School

Synonyms Bingo

Grandpa and I just saw a fabulous musical on Broadway, Bright Star, which is closing like some other fabulous musicals this season, because theater … [Continue reading]

No More Scraping The Bowl When and If Baking With Grandchildren and Throw Away Your Flour

Gold Medal Flour

Grandchildren love scraping the bowl of cookie dough or the like. They love it more than cleaning the bowl at the sink, although they could spend … [Continue reading]

Pillsbury and the Girl Scouts Make and Give Us Grandmas A Sweet Deal


This past week Grandpa and I visited the grandchildren before they left for sleep away camp.  Their parents have become obsessed with healthy eating. … [Continue reading]

Summer Camp Mail For Those Grandchildren At Sleep Away Camp and Those Not

Summer Camp

We experienced grandmas know we cannot expect mail from our summer campers, but they expect much mail from us.   The grandchildren at sleep away camp … [Continue reading]

Words We Use To Describe Ourselves and Others May Impact How Our Grandchildren Respect Those of Long Years


When I was in my 20's, a slightly older friend rankled  when  this Grandma mentioned that I was getting together with "the girls." She proceeded to … [Continue reading]

Hot Dogs Now Have An Entire Month of Celebration Rather Than A Day, But Our Grandchildren Think They Deserve An Entire Year So Introduce Them to the Iconic Texas Tommy


September 2015, this Grandma wrote a post, “Hot Dogs Do Deserve Their Own National Day of Celebration.”  It seems that hot dogs have graduated from … [Continue reading]

July Fourth Celebration For Grandchildren


It is not a mistake that this post is called July Fourth celebration FOR Grandchildren rather than WITH grandchildren. Summers are times for vacations … [Continue reading]

Think Sooner Rather Than Later in Fulfilling Passions and Bucket Lists


This past Spring month or so has been a difficult one for deaths of those we know or of whom we know in their sixties, even fifties and forties.  … [Continue reading]

Summer 2016 Bubble Fun For All Ages

Little Kids

This Grandma loves watching babies watch bubbles.  This Grandma loves watching toddlers try to catch bubbles.  This Grandma loves when even the older … [Continue reading]

Summer Floating With New Summer Pool Floats for Grandchildren


It is not often that the Oppenheimer Toy Awards fail me.  This Grandma can usually find a wonderful  award  winning toy item on www.toyportfolio.com.  … [Continue reading]