Friday, January 19, 2018

Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and The Amazing Cast That Fixed it

May 18th, 2017

Title: Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It Author: Judith Wolf Mandell Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW “Sammy’s Broken Leg” is an amazing book! Perfect gift for a grandchild who’s broken a bone – or is about to experience some other sort of potentially scary medical procedure. I recall my mother having to hold a wriggling, screaming four-year old – me – in her lap as my sister and I were being prepped for T&A surgery back in the mid-50s. No one could convince me they weren’t trying to kill me with the... 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

The Baby Boomers\’ Guide to Grandparenting: An Irreverent Look at the Next Big Step

November 22nd, 2011

The Baby Boomers\’ Guide to Grandparenting: An Irreverent Look at the Next Big Step Author: Diana J. Ewing Website: http://www.mybabyboomersguide.com/ Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Author Diana Ewing was first inspired to write this book several years ago, when the first of her friends became a grandmother. When that happened, she explains, she was shocked to realize that baby boomers – including herself – could possibly have reached the “grandparenting stage” of life. Speaking for many of us, she says, “While we certainly loved our own grandparents,... 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