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Less is More in Midlife and Beyond

The subject of giving advice is old and cliched. Nagging moms and moms-in-law are reminded to “keep their mouths shut and pockets open.” We’re told that the kids know what to do. They have to make their own mistakes. And if we know what is good for us and our relationships with our adult kids, we had better learn that lesson. Fast. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Ten Amazing Things I Learned While Babysitting for my Grandchildren

As many of you know, I love taking care of my grandchildren, for short or longer periods of time. An overnight at our home for our grandson when he asks or an outing to the ballgame or an afternoon spent hanging out at our home have become pretty regular events in our lives these days. So when our grandkids’ Mommy and Daddy were planning a vacation, my husband and I agreed to watch both their pre-school kids for….two whole days. That meant carpools, lunches, back-packs, homework, dinner, baths, outings, morning routine, night routine…the works. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Real Lessons from “Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families”

They say that nothing in life is a coincidence. Recently I received a seemingly random phone call from another writer, Becky Sarah, who happens to write about the topic of being a grandmother. Becky wrote a book (Whittier Street Press, Sept 2013), Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families. My  encounter with Ms. Sarah seemed meant to be — the beginning of a new relationship (I love meeting new writers!), and new information for me to help me in my own life as a grandmother. As you all know (duh!) – grandmothering is my all-time favorite topic. Hence, this blog. Hence, my book. Hence, my facebook page,  passion of polishing my jobs as a mother-in-law, grandmother,  and mom of adult kids. And yet, when speaking to Becky I sensed that Becky’s book has so much to offer – so much more than anything I’ve seen or read in the past. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

12 Defenses in Favor of Jury Duty

Several weeks ago, I had Jury Duty. Now, while many people try really hard to get out of their civil obligation to show up for jury duty when called, I did not. In fact, not only did I not try to get out of it –beyond the postponing of it several times until it was a week when it was not inconvenient — I actually was hoping secretly that I would be accepted by the court. I don’t have little kids at home, I have a job that allows me flexibility and time off for Jury Duty, and I’m a Middle-Ager who loves to do fun things. Of course, I didn’t tell anyone that. By “anyone” – I refer to my friends, relatives, work colleagues, acquaintances and all the people who I bragged to about jury duty. I followed the party line of jury duty goers before me, and bemoaned my obligation. “Oh well…I have jury duty. What a bummer!” Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

The OTHER Grandparents: Competition or Cooperation?

So many people write books on parenting. But very few have written books on grandparenting – or how to finesse our roles as grandparents . Everyone seems to think that when we become grandmothers, we just *know* what to do. Guess what: We do not. We need guidance, support – and perhaps a comprehensive book covering the themes that we experience. Becoming  a grandmother is not a science – it is an art. It is not always a natural transition. It can be filled with joy but also….challenges (and OYs!) Well, recently, I became acquainted with a woman, Becky Sarah, who has a wonderful website on Grandmothering, and has written a book on this topic which  is close to my heart – a book for grandmothers!  Her book,   Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families  was released in September 2013 and is available on Amazon. According to the reviews, Becky’s book “is a unique book for grandmothers with in-depth look at … Continue reading

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