The Invisible Grandparent at CES 2013

  After a few days at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I feel like I’ve been virtually dipped in technology. There are 1.9 million net square feet of more than 3,250 exhibitors showing off their new technologies, with some 20,000 new products launched. I’ve seen gadgets, gizmos and robots. Audio, video, cellular, wifi. Cars, games, toys, health supports, exercise equipment, appliances, “connected” homes, cameras and music. Some companies talk about their target audiences, including kids, teens, young adults, moms, men …

Cool New Tech Gifts for Grandkids at CES

Calling all grandparents! My first day at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has proven to be pretty overwhelming but also totally exciting! The most fun I had today was checking out some of the cool tech items geared for kids. There are literally hundreds of toys, learning tools, games and other entertainment for kids on exhibition here. As I went through the exhibit hall, here are just a few items I loved in a variety of price …

Staying Married for the Sake of the Grandkid

Q: 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 …

Grandfamilies Roundup: Studies, Housing and Resources

Grandparents Week brings to mind those grandparents who are playing a special role – those who are living in multigenerational households and/or raising grandchildren by themselves. These grandparents go the extra mile to be there for their grandkids. Here’s a roundup of new research, resources and supports for grandfamilies. After more than a decade of planning, the newest housing designed specifically for grandfamilies, Grandfamilies Place of Phoenix, opened the first week of August. According to Delmonte Edwards, executive director of Tanner …

How 2 b a Totes Hip Gran

We’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 …

Grandparents: How to See the Grandkids All You Want

When I was growing up, nearly every vacation was spent traveling from Ohio to Indiana to see our grandparents. We also talked on the phone every Sunday. Sometimes cards and letters were exchanged too, but that was the entire menu for staying in touch. Thanks to technology, today’s grandparents have many additional ways to connect – so why aren’t more of them taking advantage of it?! Recent grandparent studies indicate some are using the newer forms of technology to communicate …