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Choosing Your Grandmother Name - Which...
So you're going to be a grandmother! Which grandmother name is perfect for you? Take the quiz to find out.
Choose The Perfect Grandmother Name
So you're going to be a grandmother! Your grandmother name can be traditional or modern; it can show your ethnic background or your hip personality.
Clues for an Indoor Treasure Hunt
The next time bad weather keeps the grandchildren indoors, try this treasure hunt to get them moving. Just pick and choose from this list of clues, or create your own custom clues.
What Are Some Irish Names for Grandmother?
Irish names for grandmother are difficult to spell and to pronounce and have not been widely adopted by the non-Irish.
10 Old School Games That Kids Still Love
Grandparents will enjoy teaching the grandkids classic outdoor games like Swing the Statue and hopscotch.
10 Old-Fashioned Jump Rope Rhymes
Remember those jump rope rhymes that were so much fun when you were a kid? Chances are that your grandchildren know some of the same rhymes. If they don't know all of these jump rope rhymes, it will be fun to teach them. Just take it easy on the jumping.
Choosing Your Grandfather Name - Which...
So you're going to be a grandfather! Which grandfather name is perfect for you? Take the quiz to find out.
7 Things Grandparents Wish They Could Tell...
Wise grandparents may not ever say these things, but they would probably like to say some of these seven things to the parents of their grandchildren.
Clues You Can Use for an Outdoor Treasure Hunt
The grandchildren will love this outdoor treasure hunt, and grandparents don't even have to come up with the clues.
Chief, Pop-Pop...What Will Your Grandkids Call...
Some grandfathers prefer the traditional Grandpa, while others opt for something cooler or a name suggested by their heritage or culture.
10 Easy Card Games to Play With Kids
If you have a deck of cards, you won't be at a loss for a way to entertain your grandchildren. Try these ten easy games.
Grandparents Getting Child Custody: What You...
In certain circumstances, grandparents may want to get custody of a grandchild or grandchildren. Learn about the circumstances under which grandparent custody is likely to be awarded.
Custody of Grandchildren? Make It Legal
Grandparents who find themselves responsible for their grandchildren, a form of kinship care, should know about the different types of grandparent custody that can be legally formalized.
Italian Grandmother Name Adds a Little Spice
Nonna is the Italian word for grandmother, but it also is popular with those not of Italian heritage.
Before You Go to Court: What Grandparents...
Before grandparents sue for visitation rights, they should have a good idea about the cost of such litigation in money and and in stress on all parties.
Do I Need Written Permission to Travel With...
It's always a good idea to carry a letter of permission to travel with grandchildren. It's easy to create your own form and have it notarized following these simple instructions.
What Are a Grandparent's Legal Visitation Rights?
This overview of grandparents' visitation rights explains why state laws differ and what the Supreme Court has said about grandparents' rights.
What Are the French Names for Grandmother?
There are several variations of the French name for grandmother.
Three Circumstances Govern Grandparent...
Ohio allows for grandparents and other interested parties to be granted visitation and provides a lengthy list of factors to be considered.
Be the Best Mother-In-Law
A grandmother who is interested in how to be a good mother-in-law is more likely to have sound and lasting relationships with her grandchildren.
10 Fun, Old-Fashioned Ball Games for Kids
Organized sports are great, but don't overlook sports that kids can organize themselves. These old-fashioned ball games are great fun for grandkids.
What is the Polish Name for Grandmother?
The Polish name for grandmother is babcia, but there are many variations, including babunia, babula, babusia, busia and baba.
Grandparent's Visitation Rights: How You Stand...
These summaries of laws in all 50 states also link to the actual state statutes, so you can find out more about your grandparent visitation rights.
10 Tips for New Grandparents
These ten suggestions for new grandparents or grandparents-to-be will pave the way for a great relationship with your grandchild.
How Do You Say Grandfather in Italian?
The Italian term for grandfather is nonno, but there are several variations of this term.
You Can Sue for Visitation in Pennsylvania, But...
The statutes governing Pennsylvania grandparents' rights allow grandparents to seek visitation in cases of parental death, divorce or separation.
Skeleton Jokes for Kids
Jokes are great fun for grandparents and grandchildren, and these skeleton jokes are scary fun.
Grandmother Names With an Ethnic Flavor
Many grandmothers, in searching for just the right grandmother name, are turning to ethnic names for grandmothers or grandmother names from other countries.
Grandparents, Mind Those Boundaries!
Do some grandmothers try to act like mothers? Do some grandparents have problems with boundaries? Some parents say yes.
It's Complicated: Relationships Between Mothers...
Relationships between mothers and adult sons are tricky when the son is also a husband and father. Staying close without being intrusive is the challenge.
How to Play Capture the Flag
Capture the Flag is a classic outdoor game that has been especially popular with Scouting groups. It can be quite rough and physical, although some of the variations are less so.
Many Grandparents in Florida, But Not Many Rights
Florida is one of the most restrictive states concerning grandparent visitation rights, due to that state's emphasis on the right to privacy.
Family Conflicts That May Cut Off Grandparents
Some family disputes result in grandparents being cut off from grandchildren. Learn how disputes can be prevented or, if not prevented, resolved.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in the State...
According to laws governing grandparents' rights in California, the bond between grandparents and grandchildren can figure largely in a suit for visitation rights.
Do the Generations Still Have a Gap?
Bridging the generation gap requires understanding it. Grandparents will find this overview looking at the generation gap interesting and useful.
What Is the German Word for Grandmother?
Oma is the informal German name for grandmother or grandma. Grossmutter is the more formal term.
Grandparent Nicknames You'll Get a Kick Out Of
Some grandparents have unique nicknames, mostly courtesy of the grandchildren. Enjoy this collection of unique grandparent names.
What Are the Greek Names for Grandmother?
The Americanized version of the Greek term for grandmother is yia-yia or ya-ya.
What Documents Do Grandparents Need to Travel...
Traveling with grandchildren is one of life's pleasures, but you need to know what kinds of documents you will need for your chosen destinations.
What Are the Irish Names for Grandfather?
The Irish language has several names for grandfather, all rather difficult for the non-Irish to spell and pronounce.
What Are the Names for Grandmother in Spanish?
Abuela is the Spanish name for grandmother, although more informal terms are also popular.
What Are the Portuguese Names for Grandmother?
The Portuguese have several names for grandmother. Some are very close to the names for grandfathers.
Hawaiian Children Love Their Tutus
The most commonly used Hawaiian name for a grandmother is tutu, and it is used for both genders.
Mothers: How to Get Along with Your Adult...
In theory, mother-daughter relationships should be the closest of human relationships. In fact, they are often marked by strife over boundaries.
Grandparent Death: A Lesson in Loss
A grandparent death may be a child's first encounter with loss. Children dealing with death need the support of understanding adults, including the other grandparents.
Why Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Should...
Grandparents raising grandchildren may be reluctant to seek legal custody or guardianship. Here's why they should go ahead.
What Are the Japanese Names for Grandmother?
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When Adult Children 'Divorce' Their Parents
Adult children who have divorced their parents by cutting off all contact with them offer varied reasons for their actions.
Pirate Jokes and Riddles for Kids
The popularity of pirates gives grandparents one more way to win points with the grandkids: by knowing a few pirate jokes. These pirate jokes and riddles for kids will tickle their funny bones, and maybe they'll come up with a few jokes of their own.
A Plan of Action for Estranged Grandparents
Grandparents who been estranged from grandchildren need a plan of action for working toward reconciliation or for adapting to the lack of contact.
What Is the French-Canadian Name for Grandmother?
French Canadians use several different names for grandmother, each with a slightly different connotation.
What Are the Chinese Names for Grandmother?
The Chinese call their maternal grandmothers and paternal grandmothers by different names, and there are many variations.
Want Grandparents' Rights in Tennessee? It's...
Tennessee statutes regarding grandparent visitation are exacting, requiring grandparents seeking visitation to go through a four-step process.
Halloween Jokes for Kids
Make Halloween even more fun with these Halloween jokes for kids. Kids and grandkids alike get a kick out of jokes and riddles.
What Are the Greek Names for Grandfather?
Because the Greek language uses a different alphabet, there is no definitive way to spell the Greek name for grandfather.
Are Hot Tubs Safe for the Grandkids?
Grandparents who own hot tubs or spas need to know at what age their grandchildren can be allowed to get in. Children in hot tubs are at risk because their bodies do not get rid of heat easily.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in Michigan?
In Michigan, lengthy statutes were enacted in 2005 to bring their state law in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling in Troxel v. Granville.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in Texas?
Texas grandparents' rights may be granted if the grandparent can prove that denial would be detrimental to the child's physical or emotional health.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in North...
Generally, the state of North Carolina is not friendly toward grandparents' rights. Two specific provisions make obtaining visitation difficult.
What Do New York's Laws Say About Grandparents'...
The state of New York has some of the briefest yet most complex laws regarding grandparents visitation rights.
Grab Some FaceTime With the Grands
If you own certain Apple products, you can video chat easily with children and grandchildren.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in Indiana?
Indiana grandparents seeking visitation rights must show that they have attempted to have meaningful contact with the child.
Lend a Hand With Your New Grandchild
Grandparents can give valuable assistance when their grandchildren are born by helping to take care of the baby, helping with housework, running errands, and being the family photographer.
All About Asian Grandparents
Customs pertaining to Asian grandparents vary by country. Some customs survive in Asian immigrant families, and some are replaced as assimilation occurs.
For Estranged Grandparents: Sorting Out the...
Losing contact with grandchildren exacts an emotional toll on grandparents. Recognize the emotions common to estranged grandparents and learn how to cope.
Have Some Old-Fashioned Fun
Your grandchildren will enjoy old-fashioned fun and games as much as you did when you were a child. You'll have fun sharing these old classics with them.
This Classic Game Gets a Green Light
Red Light, Green Light is a traditional outdoor game that requires the players to react quickly to spoken commands. It can be adapted for younger kids.
Georgia Friendlier to Grandparents' Rights...
In 2012 Georgia passed legislation making it easier for grandparents to win visitation rights. Learn more about the Georgia statutes.
Troxel v. Granville: Bad News for Some...
The 2000 case of Troxel v. Granville, heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, affected grandparents' visitation rights in all 50 states.
Facts About Custodial Grandparents
Some commonalities apply to most grandparents raising grandchildren, but significant differences also exist among custodial grandparents.
Dance at a Grandchild's Wedding!
So you're going to get to attend a grandchild's wedding. What a lucky grandparent you are! Find answers for your questions about the happy occasion.
How to Talk to Your Children After They Are Grown
These seven hints can help grandparents communicate with adult children for happier, healthier relationships.
Answers to Your Questions About Grandparent Names
Choosing a grandparent name is a more complicated business than one might think. Here are answers to FAQs about grandparent names.
How to Keep Grandparents From Alienating...
Often grandparents claim to have been cut off from their grandchildren for no reason. These comments from parents who have cut off contact with grandparents may contain some insights for alienated grandparents.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in Oklahoma?
The state of Oklahoma has very detailed statutes regarding grandparent visitation rights.
Vampire Jokes for Kids
Vampires are big in popular culture, but your grandchildren don't care about that. They just want to hear a good vampire joke.
Gifts for Grandchildren
Finding the right gift for grandchildren in different ages and stages can be quite a challenge for grandparents. Each of these gift lists contains some great ideas for gifts for grandchildren.
What Do the French Call Their Grandfathers?
The French language has several names for grandfather, including the popular grand-pere.
How To Say Grandfather in German
The German language has both formal and informal names for grandfather.
What Are the Rights of Grandparents in Virginia?
Virginia presents a challenge to grandparents as visitation and custody are addressed in a lengthy set of statutes, and case law also comes into play.
Best Toys for Grandbaby's First Year
Why weren't these great toys around when we were parents? But you'll be happy to find these wonderful toys for grandbaby.
How to Use Skype to Talk to Your Grandchildren
If you've wondered how to use Skype, here's an easy guide. You'll need a standard computer setup with webcam.
When Can Wisconsin Grandparents Claim...
The state of Wisconsin provides for grandparent visitation in three separate statutes, as well as addressing the topic in case law.
All About Grandparent Names
New grandparents face an important decision: choosing their grandparent names. Today's grandmothers and grandfathers have a lot of choices.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in Alabama?
In a 2012 decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama's grandparent visitation statute was declared unconstitutional.
What's Wrong With Grandparents Seeing a Newborn...
As a grandparent, you can't wait to visit a newborn grandchild, but sometimes the parents say no. They want time to bond with their baby.
How Having Children Changes the Mother-Daughter...
When a daughter becomes a mother, her mother becomes a grandmother. Both of their lives are forever changed. Also, their relationship may change.
Is Being Uninvolved a Matter of Class?
What makes a good grandparent? According to some UK observers, class has something to do with it, and I'm not talking about grandparenting class. My friend
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in Kentucky?
Kentucky grandparents' rights are spelled out in statute, but a knowledge of case law is necessary to really understand what rights grandparents have.
How to Protect Your Visitation Rights
If your child is going through a divorce or breakup, you should safeguard your grandparents' visitation rights. These strategies can help.
The Settlers of Catan Board Game
If you're looking for a game to play with older grandchildren, consider The Settlers of Catan. A board game that requires strategy, negotiating skills and luck, The Settlers of Catan lends itself to repeated play and won't be outgrown quickly.
Swing the Statue is Simple Fun
Swing the Statue is a most non-competitive game that derives its entertainment value from watching the players assume and try to hold strange positions.
Which Grandmother Name Is Right For You?
So you're going to be a grandmother! What grandmother name suits you best? Take the quiz to find out.
Do Colorado Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?
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What Rights Do Grandparents Have in Illinois?
If visitation has been unreasonably denied, Illinois grandparents may sue for visitation but must prove that further denial would be harmful to the child.
What Visitation Rights Do Grandparents Have in...
In the state of Louisiana, three statutes govern grandparents' visitation rights, making it one of the tougher systems to navigate.
Conflict Over Grandparent Names?
What should you do when your children or your grandchild doesn't accept your grandparent name? And what if another grandparent has already claimed your grandparent name? The issue of choosing grandmother names and grandfather names can create family conflict.
Children's Books With Rocking Grandparents!
Grandparents and grandchildren reading a book about grandparents and grandchildren--that's one special moment. We've found the best kids' books about grandparents to make it happen.
Flashlight Tag is Fun After Dark
Flashlight Tag is a combination of tag and hide-and-seek that is played at night. It's an old-fashioned game that today's kids will love.
Willing Money to Your Grandchildren
Money willed to grandchildren can be both a helping hand and a sentimental gesture from the grave. There are, however, sticky issues to be resolved.
GRGs and GAPs: A Growing Phenomenon
Death, divorce and substance abuse are the major causes for grandparents raising grandchildren. Here's how to take care of your grandchildren and yourself.
Do Grandparents Have the Right to Spoil...
Grandparents are almost expected to spoil their grandchildren. Exactly what does that mean, and do grandparents really have that right?
What Rights Do Grandparents Have?
What is meant by the term grandparents' rights? What rights do grandparents have to visitation and custody?
The Role of Grandparents in Interfaith Families
Interfaith families offer challenges for grandparents, but when they are sensitive to the issues, families can be brought even closer together.
What Do the Polish Call Their Grandfathers?
Learn how to say grandfather in Polish and which variations are commonly used.
Grandparents' Rights in Arkansas
In Arkansas, grandparent visitation rights are considered only if the grandchild's parents are deceased, divorced or unmarried.
Missouri Grandparents' Rights
Missouri's grandparent visitation law has survived a constitutional challenge due to its narrow scope.
Read a Hallmark Recordable Book to Your...
Hallmark recordable storybooks are easy to create and fun to hear over and over again.
10 Fun Easter Egg Games for Kids
Ten great Easter egg games will ensure that the kids have lots of fun on Easter. Start with the traditional egg hunt and move on to Hot Boiled Egg, Steal the Egg, Candy Egg Toss and more.
No Specific Law Provdes Grandparents' Rights in...
The state of Oregon has no specific grandparent visitation statute but allows certain third parties to petition for visitation.
When Grandma Moves to Assisted Living
Grandchildren whose grandparents move into an assisted living facility may have trouble adjusting to the change, but carefully planned visits can help.
Ghost Jokes for Kids
When you're trying to get a grin from a grandchild, they're nothing like a good joke.
Make the Most of Your Grandchild's First Year
There's nothing more exciting than having a new grandchild. Keep these principles in mind to make the most of your baby grandchild's first year.
Resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Grandparents raising grandchildren often feel overwhelmed and in need of guidance. These websites provide practical advice and emotional support.
Russian Name for Grandmother
The Russian name for grandmother is babushka, sometimes spelled babooshka, babouchka or baboushka.
8 Things Grandparents Shouldn't Talk About
A grandparent's role has many enjoyable dimensions, but when it comes to certain areas, grandparents should back away.
They Love Their Abuelos and Abuelas!
Grandparents, those beloved abuelos and abuelas, are crucial in Hispanic family structure and culture.
Consider the Cost When Grandparents Provide...
Using grandparents as child care providers can be beneficial for all parties involved, but grandparents should consider the financial factors carefully.
When You Really Have to Discipline a Grandchild
Discipline may be a grandparent's least favorite job, but it's important to do it well and in a way that meets with parents' approval.
Arizona Grandparents' Rights
In Arizona, grandparent visitation rights are possible only if the grandchild's parents are deceased, divorced or unmarried.
Poetry Writing 101: Write a Poem for Someone
It's easy to write a poem to give to someone as a special gift. Write a poem for a grandchild, or help a grandchild write a poem for someone special.
How Do You Say Grandfather in Hawaiian?
Find out how to say grandfather in Hawaiian
Choose the Right Crib
New grandparents who want to keep their grandbabies overnight will need to invest in a bed of some type. The good news is that there are lots of baby crib choices.
Guardianship
Grandparents raising grandchildren need to know about the legal options open to them, including guardianship.
Can Grandparents Avoid Playing Favorites?
Psychologists now say that favoritism is found in all families. The challenge is to deal with it in a non-hurtful way. Grandparents face extra challenges in avoiding playing favorites, since it is almost impossible to treat grandchildren the same. Equal treatment can be elusive as well, but grandparents should strive to be as equitable as possible, as grandparents playing favorites can be very disruptive to family life.
Witch Jokes for Kids
You and your grandchildren will get a kick out of these witch jokes, especially at Halloween.
Korean Name for Grandmother
The Korean name for grandmother is halmoni, although spellings may differ.
Kids' Brain Teasers and Mind Games
Caught without a book or computer or even a deck of cards? These old-fashioned kids' brain teasers and mind games will amuse the grandchildren without needing any equipment.
Keepsake Books for Grandparents to Give to...
Give your grandchildren what no one else can: a gift of your memories in a special keepsake book. Find the book that is the right size, format and type for you.
Kick the Can: A Historic Outdoor Game to Teach...
A variation of Hide and Seek, Kick the Can is a fast-paced outdoor game. According to tradition, it was popular during the Great Depression because it requires no equipment but a single can.
Find a Grandfather Name With an Ethnic Flavor
Grandfathers searching for a different grandparent name may find inspiration in this list of ethnic names for grandfathers.
Favorite Children's Board Games
Check out these favorite children's board games and card games. They are fun for all ages, and they can be adapted for different needs.
Cut Off From Grandchildren and Wondering What...
Grandparents who have lost access to grandchildren can take two paths. They can attempt to reconcile with the parents, or they can go to court.
When Grandparenting Isn't Fun
Grandparenting isn't always fun and games. Grandparent issues ranging from lack of time to access to grandchildren can complicate relationships with children and grandchildren.
What Are Visitation Rights for Grandparents in...
The statutes of West Virginia are specific and detailed in describing grandparents visitation rights.
Animal Jokes for Kids
Kids like animals and riddles. Put them together, and you're sure to be a hit with the grandkids.
Do Minnesota Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?
In Minnesota grandparent visitation cases, the courts must consider the prior grandparent-grandchild relationship and the effect of visitation upon the parent-child relationship.
Filipino Name for Grandmother
Filipinos, residents of the Philippines, use several names for grandmother.
6 Codes and Ciphers to Teach the Grandchildren
Codes and ciphers are a sneaky way to teach the grandchildren reasoning skills. If you call them spy codes, they'll enjoy them even more.
Hebrew Name for Grandmother
The Hebrew name for grandmother is savta. Since Hebrew uses a different alphabet from English, this word is transliterated, which means that words exist in several different spellings.
Are You a Jealous Grandmother or Grandfather?
Many grandparents are jealous of other people in their grandchildren's lives. If you are a jealous grandmother or grandfather, learn more about why you feel the way you do and how to deal with your feelings of jealousy.
What Do the Chinese Call Their Grandfathers?
The Chinese have several names for grandfather, including different terms for maternal and paternal grandfathers.
What Is a Granny Flat, or Accessory Apartment?
A granny flat, also known as an accessory apartment, is a economical form of multigenerational housing. A granny flat may also be known as an accessory dwelling unit, carriage house, casita, ohana or in-law apartment.
Grandparents Babysitting? How to Keep Them Happy
For those parents who occasionally drop off the grandkids for a few hours or a day or a night with the grandparents, there are a few things we want you to know. Grandparent babysitters are loving and tolerant, but these strategies will make visits go more smoothly.
Horse: A Basketball Game of Shooting Skill
Horse is a basketball game that requires only two or more players and requires only one goal. It's a fun game that rewards the player who can make unconventional shots.
Washington Grandparents' Rights
The state of Washington's statutes governing grandparent visitation have been dealt two blows by the courts, leaving the state without an enforceable statute.
When Your Grandchild Doesn't Like You
Grandparents who want to bond with a grandchild may find that the feeling isn't mutual. When babies don't like their grandparents, time usually takes care of the problem.
Right to Visitation of Grandchildren in Intact...
Every state has a grandparent visitation statute, but the states are not equal, especially regarding visitation of grandchildren in intact families.
Before You Become Your Grandchild's Caregiver
Grandparent child care providers will have to make some changes in their lives, and they should consider how these changes will impact their quality of life before making the commitment.
Quotes About Grandchildren
There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how we feel about our grandchildren, but sometimes someone manages to almost get it right. Enjoy these quotes about grandchildren.
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