Helping Kids Face Their Fears
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Susan Gnucci
5M ago
Every child passes through that stage of being afraid of monsters—under the bed, in dark corners, down in the basement—it seems to be a universal childhood fear. This fear can take root before a child is at an age when a parent can even reason with them and provide logical explanations, and even then, that assurance rarely seems to allay such deep-seated phobias. And some children’s fairy tales only serve to fan the fire—the witch in Hansel and Gretel who cooks children, the giant in Jack and Beanstalk who will “grind Jack’s bones to make his bread” or the big, bad wolf in The Three Little P ..read more
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So You Want to Be a Grandparent?!
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Susan Gnucci
8M ago
A no-nonsense job description There really ought to be a job description for grandparenting so people know exactly what they’re getting into. Sure, we’ve all been parents, so we’ve done this before, right? But I’m here to tell you that when you add another 20 or 30 years, it’s a whole other ball game! For one thing, I would bet most parents don’t really remember much about those early years when their children were very young. And it’s no wonder as most of them were probably chronically sleep deprived. Those years with my own children are basically a blur. I remember very little other than my ..read more
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Getting Ready for Visiting Grandkids
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Grand
8M ago
There’s nothing like having your grandkids come over for a visit—especially when you have everything you need on hand. This list is best suited to grandchildren ages 2–5, but may be adapted to suit other ages. 1. A Car Seat It is now recommended to have children in a car seat or booster seat until they are about nine years old, depending on their weight and height. Babies should stay rear-facing until one year, but it is safest for toddler and preschoolers to remain in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. (bcaa.com/community/child-car-seat-safety). Make sure you have an appropriat ..read more
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Our Gang & the Good Ol’ Days
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Susan Gnucci
8M ago
When I think back to my childhood in the 1960s, I can’t help but reminisce about our neighborhood gang. This gaggle of children was fluid—it included anyone from our surrounding blocks who could come out to play on any given day. Sometimes it swelled in numbers on weekends and school holidays and other times it involved only a core group of us. And despite all the different personalities and ages it encompassed, it generally worked. Back then we were largely responsible for our own entertainment. When the weather was warm, we banded together to ride bikes, sail fleets of paper ..read more
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Connecting Long-Distance
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Grand
8M ago
Grandparents and grandchildren often share a very important emotional bond and both groups can benefit from a strong relationship. When grandparents and grandchildren live far apart, it can be difficult for them to stay connected. Fortunately, technology can help fill the gap and bridge the distance divide. One way to do this is through video calling systems like FaceTime, Zoom or other video conferencing platforms. We have studied this topic extensively in my research group at Simon Fraser University with an emphasis on young grandchildren between the ages of 4 and 10. Here are some th ..read more
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Grand Boundaries
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
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
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Grand
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!
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Grand
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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Connecting with Teenage Grandkids
Grand Magazine » Grandparenting
by Kelly Cleeve
8M ago
My boys are incredibly blessed to have grandparents who work hard to nurture a trusting, playful connection with them. Who better to offer advice on how to connect with teenage grandkids than two grandparents who make enormous efforts to play an active role in their grandkids’ lives? My parents live in our city for only two to three months out of the year, which means they need to consider how to remain present in our lives whether they are five minutes or five thousand miles away. Experiencing both ends of the spectrum provides my parents with the added advantage of being able to speak to g ..read more
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Downsizing: Finding Your Perfect Fit
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by Erika
8M ago
All of your kids are out of the house and now your home feels like a big empty space. The idea of keeping up on all the work in the yard gets more daunting with every passing year and vacuuming the stairs has become a real CHORE! The thought of leaving the home your kids grew up in likely feels overwhelming and emotional, but now may be the time for you to downsize into a space that better suits your current needs. You will have an exciting new space that is easier for you to maintain, and you will save money on hydro and property tax. No matter if you’re making the change as a couple or on ..read more
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