all in the family

Tips for a great family reunion.
They were a boisterous group, the family I observed on the Durango- Silverton train recently while I was on vacation. They were laughing and telling stories and obviously enjoying their time together. I couldn't resist... I struck up a conversation with one of the young women and learned they were having a family reunion in honor of her mother's 70 th birthday. They'd rented a house that accommodated 17 people and gathered in Durango, Colo., coming from Seattle, Nashville, Phoenix and Minneaapolis. "We're having a blast," the daughter told me.  (I secretly kind of wished I could join their party on the train!)
hip grandparent
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 first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. You rock, Marian.
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.
GOYER baby crawling
Suzanne Wright had a feeling that something was very wrong. Her grandson had been talking, but now was regressing. The words just weren't coming. "Several doctors told me to go home and not worry," Suzanne recently shared with me.
Baby laughing
The results of a new AARP survey of grandparents released today highlight the roles they play in the lives of their grandchildren - and 90 percent say that role is an important one.
Money-who pays for what-in U.S families, is something not often discussed with others. Which is why I found the new MetLife study Multi-Generational Views on Family Financial Obligations a revealing peek inside others'  living rooms.
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