Grandparent Car Seat Myths Debunked with Diono Rainier

Grandparents are the best, but sometimes their ideals and nostalgia of the past inhibits them from making the “safest” decisions when it comes to car seat safety. Car seat safety is not just a mom being overly paranoid, it could save a child’s life.  We love our grandparents and are so thankful for all that they do, but when it comes to car seat safety, we must put our children first. We don’t skimp on car seat safety.

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6 Low-Tech Ways to Connect With Your Grandkids

It’s hard enough trying to find common ground with your kids, but now that technology dominates young people’s lives, you might be struggling to find a way to connect with your grandchildren, too. You will love your grandbabies no matter what, but it’s important that you find a way to bond with them early on so they feel close to you for the rest of their lives.

Fortunately, even if you don’t feel comfortable using tech (or enjoy the idea of staring at screens day-in and day-out) you can still find ways to engage your grandkids, such as any of the following six bonding ideas below.

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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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Connecting with Grandchildren Who Live Far away

Grandparents delight in their grandchildren. They love holding, snuggling, kissing, and playing with them. Grandchildren are so precious!

But sometimes grandparents’ arms are empty and they feel sad because their grandchildren live too far away to regularly visit in person. It’s hard to have much of a relationship when grandma lives in San Diego and the grandchildren live in Bangor, Maine.

Even though grandchildren may live miles and miles away, grandparents can still be active in their grandchildren’s lives. Here are two ways that grandparents can use to connect with their sweet grandchildren.

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3 Great Activities to Do With Tween and Teenaged Grandchildren

Sometimes it’s difficult for grandparents to come up with an activity to do with tween and teenage grandchildren. Will the grandkids think the activity is too juvenile? Will they be bored with it? Will they turn up their nose and not participate?

One way to grab grandkids’ interest is to base your activity around something that they are very connected to – their cell phone. Kids spend a lot of time talking, texting, and doing social media on them.

Use that interest as a springboard for activities to do with them. Because of their strong interest in their phones, they will automatically be interested in participating in activities that requires them to use it.

Here are three activities that you and your grandchildren can easily do together using smart phones that have a camera.

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Make Baby Bugs with Grandsons

Many grandparents are on the lookout for activities that they can do with their grandchildren. Baking cookies and reading to them are fine. But sometimes, a grandparent wants to do something a little bit different.

If you find yourself in this situation, making baby bugs with your grandkids could be the answer – especially for grandsons who are really into all things creepy and crawly. 

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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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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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