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6 TV Grandparents We Still Love

Posted on 09/11/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeThis 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

Posted on 09/8/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeAs 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

Posted on 06/22/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyIt’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

Posted on 06/13/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & Family  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 …

Grandparent Bootcamp: Do You Need to Enlist?

Posted on 05/7/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeIn the 30 years I’ve talked with grandparents, there has been one common theme: “I’ve raised children myself. I don’t need to be told how to be a good grandparent!” In the past people tried to set up grandparenting classes, and for the most part they just haven’t panned out. Not enough interest. And yet, in recent years I’m hearing more about classes and workshops geared for expectant grandparents. It seems to be a growing trend … so what has …

Grandparents: 5 Ways to Deal With a Bully (or Bullied) Grandchild

Posted on 04/23/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyBullying has been in the news far too much lately. It’s heartbreaking, life-changing and all too often life-ending. What constitutes bullying and how prevalent is it? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that 20 percent of high school students nationwide experienced bullying. The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics reports 28 percent of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying in 2008-09.  The federal government-run website, www.stopbullying.gov, defines bullying as: Bullying is unwanted, …