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Michelle

Michelle lives in North Carolina with her husband of 29 years. She is a mother to three grown daughters and "Grammie" to her two grandchildren. She teaches transitional kindergarten by day and blogs at Grammie Time by night. Spending time and making memories with her grandchildren is an investment she makes a priority.

5 Must Have Mid-life checkups for Women

January 1st rolls around and you’re ready to set new goals, make resolutions and implement changes in your habits. Here it is halfway into the year and have you made your annual health check-ups yet? Have you included them into your goals, changes and resolutions?

The single most important task you can do for yourself and your family is to be sure your body is in tip-top shape, both inside and out, especially when you enter mid-life. How you take care of yourself during your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s determines how healthy you will be when your 50’s and beyond hit. Before you know it, menopause will arrive and you’ll be asking yourself what is going on with your body, wondering what is normal and what is not.

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Moments of Marriage – A Letter to My Granddaughter

Wedding season is upon us. Many young women are proudly showing off their beautiful engagement rings and beginning their wedding preparations. It is a time of excitement for brides-to-be, their mothers, and if they’re fortunate enough to still have their grandmothers present, exciting for them as well. For many though, their grandmothers have passed on and it often leaves a void. Many years of wisdom from grandmothers could be shared and unfortunately won’t be.

For this reason, I want to be sure my granddaughter has tidbits of wisdom tucked into her heart, from my heart, before she walks down the aisle. I want her to know, even if I am not there with her physically, that my spirit and the moments of marriage I pass onto her will be remembered for always.

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How I Became a More Confident Mother

As soon as we find out we’re carrying a child, self-doubt begins to creep into our thoughts. We read, observe, question, wonder and worry about everything from pregnancy to when our children will grow old. Having a child is life-altering and can often leave a woman feeling inadequate with the responsibility of raising another human being. It should come naturally, right? Wrong! When I gave birth I use to say, “each child should come out with their own manual.” Like when you bring home a new appliance; the manual comes with directions, troubleshooting, and what to do if you need to exchange it or return it.

Honestly, it would have been easier having a manual than stressing for years figuring out what to do with each child. This was especially true after I brought home my third child who was born with a birth defect. Here I thought I had motherhood down after getting my other children through toddlerhood. Now I needed a whole other manual for child number three.

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10 Tips: How To Live With Your Kids – Again

Remember when your children were young and you did everything to prepare them to be on their own one day. The leaving of the nest per se. They did leave, they were successful on their own and you finally adjusted to the empty nest. Yet for a number of different reasons, you get the call, “Dad, Mom, can I move back home? Just temporarily. I promise, it won’t be that bad.” As their parent, what can you say, you want to help your children out. So you agree. This time though it isn’t just your son or daughter. It may be their spouse, their children and even their pets. Your empty nest has become full again. Except this time, you are older, wiser and physically more tired. Your energy levels are not what they were when you were younger, and not only are they moving their physical bodies back home, but a good portion of their belongings too. More bodies equals more, well, everything! 

So how do you all survive? Here are 10 tips on how to live with your kids — again!

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Can The Physically Disabled Drive?

This is a sponsored post written by Daily Mom on behalf of National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association for IZEA. All opinions and story are 100% of Daily Mom.

When your kid sees someone in a wheelchair and wants an explanation, are you stumped on what to say? We can help! Read How to Explain Visual Differences to Kids.

Absolutely! Most teenagers cannot wait until they are old enough to drive. It is considered a rite of passage. It brings a new sense of independence and freedom. Parents, on one hand, look forward to their child driving to help ease the burden of the parental carpool. But on the other hand, it does come with additional gray hairs and worry. Now include a disabled teenager into the mix, who is just as eager to gain independence and freedom as their typical peers and you have twice the concern. Yet it does not have to be that way. People with physical limitations, whether teenagers, veterans, stroke victims, or the elderly, can still learn how to successfully drive and operate a car with a little homework and utilizing the right resources.

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How To Celebrate Grandparents’ Day

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13th. It is an officially recognized national holiday like Mother’s and Father’s Day. It’s a day set aside to encourage families to visit and honor their grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law this national holiday. Grandparents.com tells the story of how it came about. This day often gets forgotten and yet it can be a memorable way to teach children how to celebrate and show appreciation to an older generation.

There are more grandparents today than ever before. People are living beyond the age of 65 and for the first time in history, people age 65 and older will outnumber children under age five. Many generational connections can be made and now is your chance to do something grand to show your grandparents how much they mean to you.

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