Hanging out with grandma

My son loves spending time with his grandparents. Specifically, he likes spending time with his grandparents when I am not around. And I can respect that: He has a special relationship with them and doesn't need me around to develop it. And that works out well for all of us. His grandparents can set their own rules and spoil him to their hearts' content, and my son can enjoy the love and attention from another group of people....more
I loved my maternal grandmother. She was awesome. I wish I could have spent more time with her ...more

Cave-Grandmas wanted more grandchildren, too

I like having my Mom over for dinner. There are many reasons why, including that I think she needs a break from working all week, I like to cook, and I think family meals are important. But the real reason is because it is a really great way for her to spend time with her grandson....more

Celebrating the Mother Figures in My Life

I was lucky to have many mother figures present in my life when I was little. Each of these phenomenal women helped to make me the mother I am today. ...more

The Secret to a Long and Happy Life, From the Most Fabulous Woman Ever

There aren’t many people who have led a more fabulous life than my grandma Topsy. When asked how many countries she’s been to, she laughs and responds, “Oh — almost all of them!” And she’s not exaggerating. She’s been to Antarctica twice, journeyed from Capetown to Casablanca, and explored the depths of China when it was first opened to westerners after Chairman Mao....more

Homemade Ice Cream + Grandma = Love

There were three things I was taught to love fiercely growing up: God, family, and homemade ice cream. About everything else I could form my own opinion; but there was this unwritten, unsaid expectation that I would hold these three particular things in unconditional favor....more
Denise Aw, thanks for shout out to my grammy!more

The Travelling, Crocheting Grandma.

 For the last couple of weeks, it really has been a life of “anything goes”. I have stayed with a daughter who is on bed  rest to prevent a premature birth, with a daughter-in-law and my newborn grandson and helped out another daughter by babysitting while she and her husband accompanied a professional house inspector before buying a beautiful country home. I  have also kept busy by  writing articles,blogging and asking advice about publishing a book....more

The leftovers

The depleted cardboard roll bounced on the kitchen counter as the last bit of plastic wrap came off in my hand. I contemplated the empty container, wondering if Philip would enjoy playing with it. I touched the sharp edge meant for cutting off perfect-sized segments. Bad idea, I thought. I tossed the box into the recycling pile.The remnant wasn’t enough to cover the bowl of leftover spaghetti and meatballs, so I searched for more. I felt anxious as I switched on the pantry light.Do I have any left? Why don’t I pay attention to these things?...more
mothersapronstrings Thanks so much for the comment. This story has resonated with many people. I ...more

Calling in reinforcements: Kiddo's going to grandma's

I have decided that I am not and cannot deal with this terrible two thing for one more second today. When the whining and screaming starts at 3-something in the am it's enough to want to claw your eyes out. Speaking of eyes, I've been so stressed out, always on the defensive, that my eyelid has started twitching every 10 seconds or so and I can't see out my eye....more


Every Monday, we’d drive 20 minutes west to visit my great-grandma Virginia. I had gymnastics at 6, so we would spend from 3:30 to 6:00 just hanging out with Grandma Gena. It might have only been 2 and a half hours, but that time shaped me into the person I am today. Memories of those Mondays flood my mind....more