The Grands

The Grands
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children".
--- from the writings of Roots author Alex Haley

Saturday, January 21, 2017

10 Surprising Facts About Grandparents Today

Marketing groups study how to sell to grandparents. The Census Bureau is interested in households headed by grandparents. The garden-variety grandparent, who isn't raising grandkids and who doesn't have tons of money to spend, is of little interest to most researchers. 

What do we know for sure about grandparents? 

Not much, but we can start with these 10 facts.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More Grandparent Movement for Us

It's with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we face the next 3 weeks. Sadness that our year living within 10 minutes of our grandchildren Audrey and Owen in Atlanta is ending, but excitement about our return to the DC area.

Since our retirements from the regular weekly working world in 2011, my wife Judy and I have become quite the nomads.

For 59-and-a-half years we lived here in this southern New Jersey community:

Then for 4-and-a-half years we lived in Crystal City, Virginia, just 3 metro stops from Washington, DC.

Then for 2 months more than a year, we lived in Dunwoody, Georgia, a community of 50,000 just outside the perimeter of Atlanta.

And now we're moving back to Crystal City on Feb. 6th

Of course, we're only 59 seconds by Metro from National Airport, so you can bet we'll be flying back regularly to see our grandkids.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Is Multi-Generational Living for You?

It sounds like the tagline for a sci-fi movie: Can baby boomersGen X and Millennials learn to live in peace and harmony? 
For millions of people, this scenario isn't fiction. It's reality. Many families are sharing housing and trying out multi-generational living.
The recession that began around the beginning of 2008 may have fueled it, but many think that the move toward multi-generational households was bound to happen.
 Sharing a home is just one of the smart housing choices for grandparents, but it is one that makes sense on many levels.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

It Can Cost Big Bucks To Be a Grandparent

Raising a child from birth through adulthood will set you back $233,610, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture, and helping raise a grandchild could be just as expensive. 
Grandparents report that they spend an average $2,383 each year specifically to benefit their grandkids, according to new data from TD Ameritrade. 
That includes the more expected doting-grandparent gifts of toys and outings, as well as college savings, extra-curricular lessons, school supplies and even an allowance. 
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Leaning on Grandpop for the Right Advice

I remet my fiancé, Joe, at our 10-year high school reunion. I knew he was special right away. And a few phone calls in, I knew we had something special, too. We understood each other, almost instinctively.
I remember feeling nervous to introduce him to my family and friends — not because I was concerned they wouldn't get along, but because I knew how much I liked him and wanted it to work out. The closer my relationship was with a relative or friend, the more anxious I was for the introduction to go well.
My grandfather, Pop Pop, fell into the closest category. So naturally, my stomach was in knots the day he met Joe.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Family Disputes That Can Lead to Grandparents Losing Their Rights

It's a tragedy for grandparents when they are unfairly denied contact with grandchildrenIt can be heartbreaking for the grandchildren, too. 

Although suing for visitation rights is a possibility, as is resolving disagreements, avoiding such family disputes is far more desirable.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

How to Be a Happier Grandparent

Everyone wants to be happy, but most of us do things that are counterproductive to achieving bliss. 

Do you engage in happiness-killers as a grandparent?

Read on, and learn how to be a happier grandparent.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Why More Grandparents Are Raising Kids Today

The number of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren is going up and increasingly it’s because their own kids are addicted to heroin or prescription drugs, or have died from an overdose. For some, it’s a challenge with little help available.

In 2005, 2.5 million children were living with grandparents who were responsible for their care. By 2015, that number had risen to 2.9 million.

Child welfare officials say drug addiction, especially to opioids, is behind much of the rise in the number of grandparents raising their grandchildren, just as it was during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s. An estimated 2.4 million people were addicted to opioids at last count.

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