Archive | May 2012

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What’s In A Name?

“Nonie” is the name that Ella calls her grandmother Joan, my friend and co-conspirator in our desire to regain our youth by immersing ourselves into the magically creative world of our grandchildren. Joan is a cross between Auntie Mame and Mary Poppins with a dash of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle thrown in for good measure. . Her […]

Winning By Losing

Playing games with three, four and five-year olds can be a lot of fun as long as you learn the rules… grandchildren always win! I learned this rule through experience. I will always remember the first time I played Candy Land with my granddaughter May. I did my homework. I read the ages that it […]

Beyond Fast Food With Grandchildren

 I have just returned from a trip to Bermuda and am amazed by the absence of hand-held electronic devices in use while dining in restaurants. It was refreshing to see children and parents engaged in conversation as they sat eating their meals, a practice that was common in the days before technology seemed to take […]

Books to Read Aloud

Here is a list of books that my husband, Richard and I read aloud to May and Eloise. It is by no means a comprehensive list, rather a starting point. From time to time, new favorites will be added at the end of articles based upon my husband’s and my years of reading aloud to […]

Shared Storytelling

As grandparents, we want to do the right thing. We want to respect the wishes of our children and follow the schedule they lay out for us when we babysit. We want to make sure that our grandchildren eat the prescribed meal for the evening or they “don’t get dessert.” Ha! That’s another posting. And […]

From Classroom to Playroom

Striving for the A in Grandparenting So much has been written about motherhood and child care, especially about what new mothers can expect at various stages of child development as well as to how to handle hurdles that a parent might face, but little has been offered to a new grandparent. Those of us who […]