Carol Kaufmann

Carol Kaufman is the New York Times best selling author of "Safari" and the author of the Ebook "Mama Tricks: Wrapping Your Head Around Motherhood." Her work has appeared in National Geographic, where she was a staff writer, Reader's Digest and many other publications. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, two young children, and an affectionate, obese rescue cat.
Editor's note: Nancy is on the verge of becoming a grandmother for the first time, and has many questions about what has changed since she was in the Mom's seat. Carol, a mom with young kids, tries to help her navigate modern babydom. 
Editor's Note: Nancy is on the verge of becoming a grandmother for the first time, and has many questions about what has changed since she was in the Mom's seat. Carol, a mom with young kids and Liz, a mom with even younger kids, try to help her navigate modern babydom. 
Editor's note: At a recent office brainstorming session at AARP, we discovered one of us (Nancy) is soon to become a grandmother for the first time. We mothers of young children (Carol and Liz) are thrilled for her, and honestly, a bit blown away by all her questions! Her quandaries seemed like ones we had just dealt with yesterday-(and with Liz, mother of a 2 year-old and 9 monther, they probably were). We had plenty of advice to offer, and at the risk of completely derailing future meetings, we decided to take our questions and answers to the AARP blog-and hope that other Grans will chime in offer advice from their own experiences. Carol, mother of a 5- and 7-year old, takes Question #1.
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