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18 Ways to Bring Cheer to a Homebound Mom or Grandma

It’s a common dilemma. Your friend, acquaintance, relative, or neighbor is laid up in bed, due to a sickness or some other disability. You feel badly for them, and you want to help out in some way. But you just don’t know what to do. You’re afraid to impose, and be in the way. You’re afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. But still, you want to show that you care, that you are thinking about the person. You would love a great idea to pop into your head,  something  that would make your friend happy. Something small – not too big or fancy. Something that just hits the mark, that brings good energy, and boosts the person’s mood and morale. Something that fits his or her personality and is not too complicated for you to carry out in a timely manner. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

30 Ideas for Bored Bubbies (Grandmothers)

The Case of the Bored Child goes like this: The child has a day off from school, and flops around while whining, “Mommy, I’m soooo bored! What should I do?” To which the mom calmly points to the Bored Check List that is posted on the fridge door. The boldly typed fridge list has 30 ideas faster than a child can utter,  “I’m bored.”  And the kid gets the unspoken message – loud and clear from mom: Listen, it’s time for you to figure it out and find a way to entertain yourself. Okay, so that’s what’s done when kids are bored stiff.  But, what about when grandmothers are literally bored out of their minds? How do they occupy their time? Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

From the Milhood 101 Mailbag

Several months ago, sometime after the start of this grandmother or bubby blog, I started a new site just for mothers-in-law. My goal for this site has to educate mothers-in-law on how to facilitate a health relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, or MIL and DIL, as we call ourselves. Subscribers to  this site that addresses the needs of well-meaning but struggling mothers-in-law, can get lists and tips on how to make their relationships with DIL’s (and even SIL’s) wonderful. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Musical Memories: Finger Plays and Silly Stuff

When I think back on the fun and quality times with my children, I recall the music and singing. At one time or another,  my sons took piano  clarinet, violin and trumpet lessons. But that process of practicing and performing is not the music I remember as fondly as I do the finger-plays. The little ditty rhymes that I chanted with each of my sons when they were toddlers. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Why Our Adult Children Back Off Sometimes

Sometimes I smother…and hover over my children. It wouldn’t be such a problem, if my children were 10 or 11. But they’re not. In fact, my children are all adults, and as much as I tend to forget it, quite capable ones too. When I smother my adult children with too much advice and input, they tend to back off and share less. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

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