grandchildren

Staying Married for the Sake of the Grandkid

Posted on 11/27/2012 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

Home & Family | RelationshipsQ: My husband and I, both 65, have been married for nearly 45 years. After 22 years of marriage, he had an affair. We worked through it, with intense counseling, and he promised it would never happen again. After 38 years of marriage, he did it again. Not much counseling after that one, as he really was not interested. We have remained married, but it has been a sexless marriage for well over two years. We are now involved with …

He Has Alzheimer’s, Now What? Pt. 1

Posted on 11/12/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingA Twitter follower of mine, @Jason_Bournesm, tweeted me a question the other day about his grandfather who has Alzheimer’s disease: “@AmyGoyer my grandfather has #Alzheimers. how can I help him? I’m not able to do much physically. He doesn’t remember much at all #sad” Jason was born with spina bifida. While his physical challenges may limit some activities, I told him he has a lot to offer his grandfather! Grandchildren of all ages have a special love and energy to …

50 Life Lessons My Pop Pop Taught Me – Part 2

Posted on 10/24/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeEditor’s Note: This is the last installment of a two-part series. Did you miss Part 1? Don’t fret, you can view it here.  It’s been a little over a month since we lost my Pop Pop, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie. He was 96, so it’s hard to say it came as a shock, but somehow, it did. The road through grief is a bumpy one. To help, I put together a list of important lessons I …

50 Life Lessons My Pop Pop Taught Me – Part 1

Posted on 10/17/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeEditor’s note: This is first in a two part series. It’s been one month since I lost my Pop Pop, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie. He was 96, so it’s hard to say it came as a shock, but somehow, it did. He is finally at peace after months of struggle, and for that, I am thankful. It’s difficult, though, moving on with life as usual, when I’ve never known it without him. For 30 years, Pop …

How 2 b a Totes Hip Gran

Posted on 09/14/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeWe’re wrapping up Grandparents Week with a look at how to be a hip (dare I say “cool?”) grandparent. This seemed appropriate because National Grandparents Day (the first Sunday after Labor Day) was created largely because of one amazingly hip grandmother, Marian McQuade of West Virginia. She wasn’t a sit-on-your-hands grandma. She advocated for recognizing the significant contributions of grandparents all the way to Washington, D.C. In 1978,Congress passed legislation and President Jimmy Carter signed a presidential proclamation designating the …

Absentee Grandparents: Is It Ever Okay?

Posted on 09/13/2012 by |General News | Comments

Your LifeIn a situation when a parent decides not to be involved in a child’s life, what role (and what responsibility) do grandparents have?  A post by one of my favorite bloggers got me thinking about that question. Christine Coppa has been sharing her life on the internet since shortly before her son was born about five years ago.  Her first blog, on glamour.com, was called “Knocked Up,” a title that appropriately captured her personal story: Chrissi was 26 and had …