Becoming a Step Grandmother
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandParent
5M ago
I have never given birth to a child, so it looked like I was never going to get a chance to be a mother—let alone a grandmother. And then, eight years ago, I married a beautiful man with a beautiful family—a widower with three children and nine grandchildren. The only experience I had up to that date was as an aunt, and a sister to my younger siblings. Let the adventure begin! I started out in fear and trembling. I didn’t want anyone to think that I imagined I could just walk into their grieving hearts and replace a beautiful mother and grandmother who had passed away only six months ago. I ..read more
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Sin and Perspective
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandParent
5M ago
I grew up with a lot of shibboleths and thou shalt nots. Thou shalt not make a mess, thou shalt not make a peep, thou shalt not reach for another cookie, thou shalt not say “love” when talking about food, thou shalt not question the conventional wisdom or upset the status quo. Thou shalt not was a tune with infinite variations. In church, where we were washed in the blood of the lamb, which turned out to be propaganda, they preached the Seven Deadly Sins and my life ambition turned out to be turning sin into mindful practice. They say suppression invites subversion. I fancied myself a subver ..read more
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22 Activities to Do with the Grandkids
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandParent
7M ago
There is nothing quite like the bond between some grandparents and their grandkids. Above all grandparents are not only a world of wisdom, but also a safe space and usually a lot more fun than mom and dad. However, the age gap can pose some challenges when trying to come up with ways to fill your time. Whether you are planning a weekend together or just an afternoon, there are many ways your family’s generations can spend quality time with each other (and you can each learn a little something along the way!) Take The Grandkids Around Town 1. Christmas/holiday markets. There are dozens of exc ..read more
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Make the Most of Mealtimes
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandHealth
8M ago
If you have ever watched babies eating their first foods, it’s clear that eating is about more than just nutrition. It is about smelling, feeling, tasting and experiencing the food for all its sensory glory. Babies explore the food unhurriedly, eating what they want and leaving what they don’t. Offering first foods is a developmental milestone that parents and grandparents anticipate with excitement. If we could just retain the joy of those early meals through our lifetime! Too often, as children get older, meals become an inconvenient need that takes a back seat to other priorities in a bus ..read more
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Summer time Is Grandparent Time
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandParent
8M ago
Summer time often means more time for grandparents to spend with grandchildren. Sometimes that’s a vacation or cottage getaway. Sometimes it’s a childcare-in-the-city situation. Either way, it may be a time where grandparents get more day-to-day interaction with their grandkids who are not in school. With lots of activities and destinations to choose from, how does a grandparent decide what to do? You may want to think about summer activities, which, while being fun and novel, will also support academic learning. Some of these will be obvious, but some might have benefits you have not though ..read more
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Grand Boundaries
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by Dr. Allison Rees
8M ago
My daughter is growing into her role of mother with grace, wisdom and patience. Yes, I know I’m biased, but it is a remarkable thing to witness. I believe this to be one of the most meaningful experiences of my lifetime along with being a parent myself. The determination that could bring me to my knees when I was her mother is one of her greatest gifts as a mother herself. It provides her with the strength to make decisions based on her beliefs and values. There are many boundaries to consider between parents and grandparents. How much time do we give or ask for when it comes to babysitting ..read more
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10 Baby Shower Gifts for Grandparents-to-Be
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandParent
8M ago
I have just had the immense pleasure of meeting my first grandchild! He is such a delicious little blob of goo. So soft and warm. I have always loved babies and am happy to cuddle any baby at all. But my own son’s baby feels very special indeed. My daughter-in-law, Chloë, and my son, Simon, who live in Ontario, were very conscientious in curating a wish-list for their baby shower. So I thought I would share some of those items the new parents liked the best and found the most useful. And I have added some of my favourites, too. 1. Swift Playard by MaxiCosi Chloë absolutely loves this. She sa ..read more
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Thou Shalt!
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandParent
8M ago
I grew up with a lot of shibboleths and thou shalt nots. Thou shalt not make a mess, thou shalt not make a peep, thou shalt not reach for another cookie, thou shalt not say “love” when talking about food, thou shalt not question the conventional wisdom or upset the status quo. Thou shalt not was a tune with infinite variations. In church, where we were washed in the blood of the lamb, which turned out to be propaganda, they preached the Seven Deadly Sins and my life ambition turned out to be turning sin into mindful practice. They say suppression invites subversion. I fancied myself a subver ..read more
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Setting Up a Meal Train
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by Emillie Parrish
8M ago
A meal train is when a group of family members and friends work together to deliver meals to someone who is going through a major life change. While some of these occasions are happy, like the birth of a new baby, it is often set up to assist in sad and stressful periods. The general idea is to have a calendar where everyone chooses a date to drop off a meal. That way the person or family in need is well fed while they cope with their transition. Meal trains can be organized via group emails or texts. Setting up a google spreadsheet that can be shared around is a simple way to organize a mea ..read more
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Gifts for Nature-loving Grandkids
islandparent Magazine » Grandparents
by IslandParent
8M ago
Did you get “the talk” yet from your child? It’s when they express only zero-waste, plastic-free, fair-trade and non-toxic gifts are okay for the grandkids! Youth today are inheriting a wounded world. And many of them know it. You may have also received a lecture from a five-year old about Nutella and how harvest of the ingredient palm oil harms orangutans. Childhood deserves celebration. Grandparents play a crucial role to support a child to feel known, significant and experience a sense of belonging. Don’t underestimate the power and need for time with you. Give the gift of experiences wit ..read more
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