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Fidget Spinners and Other Fun Grandchildren Bonding Activities


  One of the reasons I love being a grandmother is that I think of every interaction with them as fun. Just having a silly conversation and making funny faces with my two and a half year old grandson is a blast but that’s another article! A few weeks ago, reader Leah Hastings of Pure Flix media, wrote in to suggest I post some ideas for grandmothers to do with their grandchildren. Thanks, Leah! So….Here are 10 fun ideas which are a mixture of culturally Jewish ideas and general population ideas. All are good, but since I’m a Jewish Bubby or grandmother, I veer towards the Jewish stuff! So come along with me and explore these ideas…. Listen to CD’s of a  funny tape: My grandchildren love to listen to funny tapes which are usually educational stories and songs acted out by professional writers and actors and sold in Judaica stores. Really fun tapes filled with lessons on good character traits  are “When Zaidy … Continue reading


Is Busy the New Lazy?


Hello everyone! I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to post on my beloved blog for the last two months. Excuses. Excuses. Busy. Busy. Busy.  The truth? I kept procrastinating. I told myself I was “Busy,” but I knew there was more going on that I wasn’t admitting to myself. And so, I wrote an article, which was published in this past week’s Binah Magazine and  the title of the article is “Busy No More.” This Sunday is Purim when many of us get so busy preparing food packages for our myriad friends and acquaintances, cooking the food for the holiday, and dressing the kids up in the sharpest costumes ever. Do we miss the points of the holiday (joy, gratitude, friendship) with all our busy-ness? Can we just relax and live in the moment? Can we be present in the here and now and not worry about all the things we have to do in the future? Since … Continue reading


Give Them a Break, Okay?


It’s getting a bit unnerving the way the media is grabbing every opportunity to  find fault with Donald Trump’s family.  I know that President Trump has many quirks, all great fodder for cynical writing. I know that he argues and gets defensive and twitters and tweets and all that. I get that. And I’m not going to debate that here. But can’t the media give his family a break? Why does the media have to poke fun at his wife all the time? In my opinion, the Ralph Lauren blue dress she wore to the Inauguration was beautiful and classy. But instead of leaving it at that – a beautiful first lady in a very appropriately chosen dress – the media has to rip it apart and analyze it.   They write that  she “channeled” (code for copied) Jackie Kennedy’s blue outfit back in 1961.  Like they know what was on her and her designer’s mind. Now, I don’t remember what Jackie wore back then … Continue reading


No More Complaining About the Weather!


In NY where  it gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, people don’t really talk much about the weather. Over there, where the leaves shed from trees in the fall and the flowers bloom in the spring, nobody talks much about it. They don’t complain. They don’t boast.  They are grateful for the pleasant seasons and are quiet when the not-so-good climate changes come around. The only time someone might bring it up is if they address a practical concern such as how to dress for the weather. Or someone might grab the topic  as an anchor in order to politely redirect an unpleasant conversation, as in “Ummm, how’s the weather down there?” But here in Los Angeles, we talk a lot about the weather. When it’s sunny, we boast and gloat. When it’s chilly — that means 60 degrees or below — we complain. And when it rains – and boy does it rain in a typical winter of December through February —  the conversations begin in unison while putting on boots, rain jackets … Continue reading


My Grandson and His Step Stool


My two year old grandson loves to stand on his orange and yellow step stool. He pushes the plastic stool over to a cabinet, steps on top of it and peers over the counter. He then comments on something he desires at the moment, or recites one of his newest vocabulary words while pointing to said item “up dere.” Some of his oratory includes words like  “dis,”  “cake,”  “milk,”   “cup,” or “Mommy, dat!” Last week, on one such morning while his Mommy was preparing the other kids’ lunches at our house, when the little guy stepped onto his orange and yellow step, this grandmother (that would be me) walked by. “Hey, Sweetie, could you just move over just a bit. Omi wants to get something from this cabinet?” He stood there perched up on that stool and didn’t budge. So, this grandma (me!) ever so gently moved his tiny body off the stepstool, moved the thing a tad,  took out the item from the cabinet, put it on the counter and … Continue reading


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