10 Great Tips to Deal with Cranky Grandchildren

Grandparents look forward to time spent with grandchildren alone, without a parent. But these visits can be ruined if a child becomes cranky or misbehaves. Without a parent present to diffuse the problem, the solution falls to the grandparent, which can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for handling a  situation, and preventing one from happening...Read More

Our Second Grandson Is Here!

Who knew being a grandma would be so fulfilling!  Our first grandson Noah celebrated his second birthday on March 1st and on February 27, a few short days before, our second grandson Ethan was born!  We are so truly blessed and my daughter and I work for the same University and we live very close to each other and I am a very active grammie in thei...Read More

Laverne's View: A Weekend with Sam

I am a high energy person. You’d be hard pressed to find me sitting still any longer than I have to, so if I tell you I’m exhausted you’d better believe I’ve been covering far more ground than usual. My ten year old granddaughter, Sam, visited me for a weekend and begged me to take her to the mall. “You know I hate mal...Read More

After Fifty Moments: Parenting Grown Kids

Still bleary-eyed after a late night four-hour flight to visit my daughter Whitney and her new husband in southern California, I sipped the green smoothie Whitney’d just whipped up in what she called the Vitamix. Must get one of those thingamajigs, I'm thinking, when the newlyweds joined me on the patio. “Mom, we have a little gift...Read More

A Grandparent’s Wish

Frankly, it’s amazing. She’s only 6 lbs and 6 oz, yet she’s managed to turn my life upside down. I’m ashamed to say that I hadn’t really done a whole lot of thinking about what it really means to become a grandparent. Baby I remember learning that I was pregnant with my first child. I remember pausing, clearly thinking...Read More

Family – And Holiday Traditions

For the first time ever in my memory, we had four generations sitting around our holiday table this year. In the picture to the left, you see the star of the show, our first (and only) grandchild, Daisy. Her dad, (my son) and his wife are pictured there along with me and my mother, who has the exalted role as a first-time great-grandmother. Missing...Read More

Thanksgiving Draws To A Close….

The Thanksgiving weekend is drawing to a close. Yes, there’ll be more football games – but none that seem quite as intense as the games fueled by turkey gravy and chestnut stuffing. The last of the guests are on their way home (or soon will be) – so please bear with me and let me share with you a few of the things that I have been...Read More

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