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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Some Suggested Do's and Dont's of Grandparenting

Grandparenting should be filled with joy; often a long-awaited pleasure. 

However, your adult children who have become parents may be struggling with this new relationship. 

What works and what doesn’t when it comes to keeping a positive rapport with the parents and fostering a bond with the grandkids?

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

There's Now More Grandparents Than Ever Before

Grandparents represent a bigger chunk of the population than ever before, according to new data from the Census Bureau.
The number of grandparents in the United States rose to 69.5 million in 2014, up from 65.1 million in 2009, the bureau reported last week. The youngest baby boomers turned 50 in 2014, and the country’s 75.4 million boomers make up an exceptionally large pool of potential grandparents.
The number of grandparents has grown by 24 percent since 2001. That year was the first time the Survey of Income and Program Participation asked the question “Are you a grandparent?” of respondents who were at least 30 years old and who had a child at least 15 years old.
In 2001, there were an estimated 56.1 million grandparents.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Travel Tips for Grandparents

Traveling is all about making memories.
Vacations are perfect in this day and age for grandparents raising their grandchildren or who are looking for a way to bond with kids attached to their tech devices. However, it takes some planning to make sure the trip is something you’ll all enjoy. 
“Traveling with your grandchildren is a wonderful experience that creates special memories,” says Nicole Loomis of Confetti Travel Company. 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Road Scholar Trips Helps Grandparents, Grandkids Cultivate Bonds

A number of factors can influence the relationships grandparents have with their grandchildren. Two of the most important are whether they are fortunate enough to live near each other, and whether they get the opportunity to spend quality time together.
Road Scholar, the world's largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults, offers more Intergenerational educational adventures than any other organization -- 165 North America and International learning opportunities that enable grandparents and their grandchildren to share an incredible adventure and create lifelong memories as they learn together, deepening their emotional bonds and understanding of each other. Thousands of grandkids as young as 7, and as old as 23, have formed deep bonds of friendship with their grandparents with Road Scholar.
"The memories made and the deep attachments formed during a Road Scholar learning adventure will last a lifetime," said James Moses, President and CEO of Road Scholar. "I know from my own family these special experiences are as vibrant and meaningful twenty years later as they were when my niece and nephew were just 7 and 9 years-old, learning with their grandparents on a Road Scholar adventure. Road Scholar offers learning experiences that appeal to all ages and interests."
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

You're Never Too Old to Try Something New

It's never too late! Hilarious photographs capture grandparents experiencing new things for the first time (but it's not always a success)

  • It doesn't matter what age you are, you are never too old to try something new

  • These pictures, compiled by Bored Panda, capture moments people won't forget

  • Photographs include a 100-year-old woman seeing the ocean for the first time

Friday, March 10, 2017

With Addiction a Key Factor, Grandparents Seeking Custody Advice at An 'Astounding' Rate

A Queensland, Austrailia community lawyer says grandparents are contacting her daily seeking custody of their grandchildren and requests for information are increasing.

The chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society and a lawyer with the Suncoast Community Legal Service, Kirsty Mackie, said she was "astounded" at the surge in the number of grandparents seeking help.

She said addiction was at the crux of the majority of cases.

"It's probably one or two a day that I'm advising on parenting issues for their grandchildren," Ms Mackie said.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

How Grandparents Can Bridge the College Cost Gap

The cost of a college education is going up. And up. And up.

If you’re a grandparent who would like to help fund your grandchild’s college education, here are some strategies.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pope and Science Agree: You Should Talk to Your Grandparents

By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in Medium

When the Pope talks, you better listen. And when he gives you homework, you best do it.
Earlier this month, Pope Francis told a group of Italian children they should frequently listen to their grandparents, ask them questions, and tell them their dreams.
“They remember history, have life experience and, for you, this will be a great gift that will help you in your journey,” the Pope told hundreds of youngsters who were members of the Catholic Action’s children section.
“I’m giving your homework,” said the 80-year-old Pontiff. “Speak often with your grandparents. They, too, have this contagious joy. Ask them lots of things, listen to them. And be sure to tell them your dreams, too.”
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Monday, March 6, 2017

10 Toys for Easter or Spring Flings

Each year Easter toys get cuter and cuter. 

Any of these would make great items to perk up an grandchild's Easter basket or to serve as a prize for an Easter egg game

So if you plan to give Easter baskets to the grands or give them a little something special for Easter, hop to it!

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