Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Now They\’ve Done It! What to Do When Your Kids Want to Unfriend Grandma. (Wisdom From a Plugged In Parent)

March 27th, 2014

Now They\’ve Done It! What to Do When Your Kids Want to Unfriend Grandma. (Wisdom From a Plugged In Parent) By Sharon Miller Cindrich, for GRAND Magazine NABBW’s Grandparenting Associate QUESTION: My child wants to remove his grandmother from his Facebook friend list because she makes embarrassing comments online. What should I do? According to a study last year by Microsoft and AARP, kids are connecting with grandparents in unprecedented — and sometimes slightly embarrassing  — ways thanks to social networks. Fifty perfect of seniors are online, and the benefits of cross-generational... Read More

Five Fun Free Activities to do at Grandma’s House

June 6th, 2012

Five Fun Free Activities to do at Grandma’s House By Debra L. Karplus, MS, OTR/L, for GRAND Magazine NABBW’s Grandparenting Expert You have fond memories of the alone time you spent with your grandparents. Now that you are a grandparent, you know that one of life’s greatest joys is to have to the little ones or not-so-little ones at your house without their parents. It can be a real treat for them and for you if you think of memorable activities to do when they visit. It’s not about how much money you spend or how elaborate the plans, some of the simplest activities can be done... Read More

Banned forever! “One slip of the tongue cost us our granddaughter”

February 12th, 2011

Banned forever!  “One slip of the tongue cost us our granddaughter” By Susan Hoffman, for GRAND Magazine NABBW’s Grandparenting Expert “Dear Susan, “On the surface our life looked perfect, but behind closed doors our family was falling apart. A feeling of emptiness and heartache consumes us because of our lost access to our little granddaughter. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of her. “My DIL [daughter-in-law] Beth and I used to be so close: She and I would make tufa pots in her yard, go to nurseries looking for plants to put in them, show and sell our final products locally.... Read More

Temper, Temper: A grandchild needs to know you’ll fight for them

January 11th, 2011

Temper, Temper: A grandchild needs to know you’ll fight for them By Susan Hoffman, for GRAND Magazine NABBW’s Grandparenting Expert “Dear Susan, “It all started when I flipped the boyfriend off. “My daughter and her son came to live with me shortly after his birth; she and the bio dad never married, and he wasn’t interested in being a parent. We were one big happy family for seven years, until I did a very bad thing and gave my daughter’s new boyfriend ‘the finger.’ “Tiffany began dating Donato, a hairdresser with an ego the size of Texas and a strong desire to control.... Read More

Blowing the Whistle: What’s the price of trying to protect a grandchild?

November 29th, 2010

Blowing the Whistle:  What’s the price of trying to protect a grandchild? By Susan Hoffman, for GRAND Magazine, NABBW’s Grandparenting Expert “Dear Susan, “As a grandparent, if you had found out that your grandchild had been living with a parent and stepparent who were engaging in a sleazy lifestyle and allowing friends who were also involved to be around the child, would you have attempted to get guardianship? My daughter and her husband are a part of the adult entertainment industry, including stripping and nude photography in magazines and on the Internet and who knows what else. “Sometimes... Read More

To spank or not to spank your grandchild – Does force send the wrong message?

July 7th, 2010

By: Dr. Lillian Carson Reprinted with permission by GRAND Magazine Q. Lately my 4-year old grandson refuses to do what I ask. I find myself losing my temper and giving him a good spanking. I spanked my kids, and they’ve grown up okay. His parents don’t like spanking. Who’s right? Spanking Nana A. Your spanking probably subdues your grandson but misses an opportunity to help him learn self control, responsibility and the consequences of his actions. A child’s behavior is his language, the way he expresses himself. Ask yourself what he’s telling you. Are you expecting too much for his... Read More

Get to know your grandkids

June 11th, 2010

By: Andy Nibley Reprinted with permission by GRAND Magazine In an attempt to better understand my grandkids, I have bitten the bullet and gone where I never thought I would ever go—into the belly of the Internet beast, at least that part of the Internet beast where the young ones go. I\’m talking about the latest Internet rage; social media networks like MySpace and Facebook, YouTube, etc., online worlds where my grandchildren and millions like them spend countless hours meeting and interacting with their peers. And I\’ve got to tell you something. These sites are actually fun—a... Read More

Do you feel it?

February 13th, 2009

Over the past few months, I\’ve been feeling movement…have you? Like the first time a pregnant woman feels her baby move inside her, it is that dramatic realization that indeed a new life has begun and is making itself felt in a very tangible way. The world has been trying to get pregnant with renewed hopes and dreams of world peace, a good education and healthcare for all and the opportunity to make the planet cleaner and safer. I think we are all starting to feel empowered to make the world a better place. As trite as those words may seem to some, I\’m hooked and I feel expectant,... Read More

Whining

November 12th, 2008

By Wendy Reid Crisp, NABBW member, Editor-in-Chief of GRAND magazine, and author of “When I Grow Up I Want To Be 60” Yesterday, I left work early, went home, and crawled under the covers. It was a cold and rainy, typical for California’s northern coast. I was feeling whiny. I’d met my husband, John, for lunch at the pizza shop, and was munching through an over-cheese Hawaiian when I looked up at the clock — 12:40 — and suddenly remembered that I had had a conference call scheduled with the management team of my biggest client in San Francisco. For 12:30. Immediately, I said... Read More

Embracing Our Inner Dowager

September 12th, 2008

By Wendy Reid Crisp, NABBW member, Editor-in-Chief of GRAND magazine, and author of “When I Grow Up I Want To Be 60” When I was a kid, the town was full of old ladies. Everyone was a widow in those days – there\’d been two wars, a depression, and no antibiotics. (I started school the first year that penicillin was commonly available. Penicillin was to become a staple in our house: in the refrigerator, beside the milk, which sloshed around in a deep aluminum pan waiting for the thick layer of cream to be skimmed off, sat a row of tiny bottles with red rubber tops that allowed the easy... Read More