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 …

6 TV Grandparents We Still Love

This Grandparents Week, I’ve been thinking about classic TV grandparents.  Although there are many, here are 6 shows I loved to watch in prime-time or in syndication as reruns when I was a kid – and still do! As these stir up your memories, please share your favorites in the comments section below. The Real McCoys (1957) – A classic grandfather in many ways, the overall-wearing patriarch, grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan), was at times kind, meddling, funny and argumentative, …

Study: Grandparents Give ’til it Hurts

As a consultant and expert in aging and family issues with more than 30 years experience working with grandparents, I recently had the great pleasure of writing a report for the MetLife Mature Market Institute in conjunction with Generations United. The report, “Grandparents Investing in Grandchildren: The MetLife Study on How Grandparents Share Their Time, Values, and Money,” indicates that today’s grandparents continue to provide care for grandchildren, offer advice and moral support, and provide financial assistance – sometimes to …

5 Ways to Survive a Road Trip with the Grandkids

It’s that time of year again: School’s out, the pools are in full use, the heat is on and so it’s time for the annual traveling with grandkids blog! So get out the suitcases, sunscreen, ear plugs and patience … and let’s hit the road. This summer, researchers are finding that the majority of travelers are planning to drive to their vacation destinations. While saving some cash is great, it may mean longer transport time … also known as more …

Know the Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

  Sadly, child sexual abuse is in the news once again. In Pennsylvania, trial of former Penn State football coach, JerrySandusky, is underway. In New York, allegations of decades-old abuse at an elite private school have recently surfaced. The headlines are reminding us how vulnerable kids can be. We teach them to trust and revere the adult leaders in their lives – family members, coaches, teachers, babysitters, clergy and other leaders in our community. But sometimes these trusted adults are …