The Granny Diaries

K.C. Summers is the copy chief for AARP, the former travel editor of the Washington Post, and a new grandmother.

Gift Ideas for Tiny Grandchildren — and Their Parents

Buying adorable little presents for adorable little grandchildren is a cinch. What’s harder is ferreting out those genuinely useful items that will make life easier for the kiddos and their parents. With only nine shopping days left till Christmas, I asked six new moms of my acquaintance what they’d most like to receive this season — either for themselves or their kids. Right from the mama horses’ mouths, here are some great gift ideas you might not have thought of. >> Get travel discounts with …

What Bill Clinton Doesn’t Get About Being a Grandparent

Bill Clinton was on the Ellen show this week talking about his new granddaughter, or as I like to call her, the other Charlotte. The former prez made some great points about grandparenting, although he and Hillary clearly haven’t spent a whole lot of time with the little one. >> 6 Ways to Be a Sexy Grandma I’m sure he’s very busy, but he seems to be holding back a little. “I told Hillary … ‘Now, we have to remember this …

Soothing the Savage Newborn, and Other Grandmother Tricks

As I reimmerse myself in the world of newborns (seven weeks and counting) after three decades off, I’m constantly amazed by the cool new inventions that make baby care so much easier the second time around. How did we boomer parents survive without resealable diaper tabs? Velcro swaddler blankets? Strollers with cup holders? >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas But the resource I prize above all others, the thing that has truly made a difference in the quality of my …

New Grandparent Shocker: This Is Fun!

“What’s it like for you, coming over here?” my daughter asks when I stop by her house for a visit. “It must be like entering the gates of hell.” She’s joking — sort of. For starters, she’s tethered to that medieval torture device known as a breast pump. If you last encountered one of these things in the ’80s, you may be surprised to learn that they’re as clunky and loud as ever. Perhaps when men can lactate we’ll see …

A Newbie Grandma’s Tips for Hillary Clinton

Dear Hillary, Congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild! That photo of you and Bill gazing adoringly at Baby Charlotte warmed my heart. As a rookie grandmother myself — I’ve got you beat by one week — I can totally relate. My life has turned upside down (in a good way!) since the arrival of my own little Charlotte two weeks ago. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to take a break from your day job …

Who You Callin’ Grandma? Cool Names for Boomer Grandparents

My daughter is about to give birth, and I’m thrilled beyond words that a precious new life is entering the world, yada yada. But let’s get down to what’s really important: What do I want the baby — my first grandchild — to call me? Not Grandma. That moniker is quaint and oldfangled, and I am neither. No, in true boomer fashion I want my grandmother name to be fun, cool, inventive — or at the very least, not frumpy. …