Wednesday April 16, 2014
Easter doesn't always mean bunnies and chicks. This anime fan based her eggs on the twelve trolls from the webcomic Homestuck. If that sentence means nothing to you, don't worry. It means nothing to the majority of grandparents.
If you'd prefer a more traditional Easter, check out these Easter egg games. And if you would like to give your grandchildren something that's neither chocolate nor a bunny, take a look at this list of Easter gifts for grandchildren.
Photo © S. Adcox
Tuesday April 15, 2014
If you are relying on a daughter in the under-29 age group to give you a grandchild, you may be in for a wait. But if you'd like a pint-sized granddog, you're in luck.
The digital news outlet Quartz reports that the birth rate for women 15-29 has dropped just as the popularity of small dogs has risen. And women in their late 20s and early 30s are the ones buying the small dogs.
A dog, no matter how adorable, is small consolation when you're hungry for grandchildren.
I'm lucky enough to have seven grandchildren. I also have a beautiful granddaughter who is currently buying Puppy Chow instead of Pampers, and that is all right with me. I have my great-grandmother name all picked out, but I'm in no hurry to use it.
Just don't make me wait too long.
Photo © H. Sanderson
Monday April 14, 2014
It's beneficial for grandmothers to spend one day a week taking care of grandchildren, but five or more days a week may be too much, a study of Australian women reveals.
The study looked at the mental sharpness of the grandmothers, aged 57 to 68, and found a positive result among the one-day-a-week caregivers and a negative result for those providing full-time child care.
The researchers postulated that those who provided the most care for grandchildren might feel resentful and stressed, which can affect mental performance. The researchers also stopped short of saying that the study proved a cause-effect relationship, saying only that the study was a good starting point. Previous studies have established that social contact is good for mental acuity, but this is believed to be the first study to examine the impact of grandparent-grandchild contact.
I think that the study results could have a simpler explanation: The full-time caregivers are simply tired. I'm a great advocate of finding ways to avoid fatigue when the grandchildren are in the house. (My personal favorite is having a bit of a lie-down before the grandchildren arrive.) But if the grandchildren are on the premises five days a week, nothing could prevent my being tired. And when I am tired, my brain barely functions.
What do you make of the study's results? Leave a comment below.
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Sunday April 13, 2014
For years I have been an advocate of grandparents creating keepsake journals for their grandchildren. I've collected and reviewed quite a few, but I never thought of writing one. Then it happened. The folks at Family Tree asked me to write the questions/prompts for a journal for grandparents to complete for their grandchildren. The result is Stories From My Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild. My name is on the cover, but the real author of each book will be the grandparent who completes it.
When one of my ex-students learned about the book, he remarked, "I see that you're still asking questions!" But coming up with questions for the book was no easy task. I had to keep questions general enough to fit most grandparents' lives, yet provocative enough to generate interesting responses.
Filling out such a book is not an easy task, either, although I have some hints that will make completing your journal easier. If you undertake the job and flag in the completion of it, think of this: How much would you give for such a journal filled out by one of your grandparents? It gives new meaning to the word "priceless."
Whether you use my book or one of the others on the market, I urge you to give a grandparent journal a try. Grandparents don't have a lot of chances to give a grandchildren something priceless, but this is one.