"ma maw" las vegas and mothering

Michael and I are headed out tomorrow, bright and early.  We got married in Las Vegas 11 years ago, and we are going back to celebrate :)  ...more
@victorias_view i know, i melted, i said it after him and 'you said it" and hugged him, he's ...more

Turn Around

When Charlie and Ryan were infants, a long-forgotten melody appropriately re-entered consciousness. It came to me without effort, although some of the lyrics remained lost for lack of use. The song, fittingly and forever connected to its 1960′s Kodak advertising campaign, nonetheless made an impression for the compelling message it conveyed....more

Fibromyalgia and grandchildren...how do I make it work?

It's been a busy, busy week. My 5 year old grandson was here Sunday evening to Monday evening. Sure do love this little fella and especially love hearing him say "Nana, I love YOU". But man ole man has my fibromyalgia kicked in. Everywhere....and the fatigue. Let's just say, I am very, very fortunate to have a husband who does not mind a sandwich for supper.I am hoping that writing on this blog will give me some hope, some support, and a sense of well-being. happy Day!!...more

today i write as a grandmother

Today I write as a grandmother. My very pregnant daughter-in-law and I were chatting on the phone about her latest doctor appointment when she gingerly broached the subject of my babysitting after their second child is born. I have cared for my grandson frequently since his birth a few years ago. His mother wanted to finish getting her degree and then went to work. Her mother and I mostly were able to juggle him back and forth so he was always with family....more

Hiding the Truth

As I take a walk with my grandson, Charlie, I marvel at how observant he is – how he watches everything from every angle while held back by the straps of his stroller – how he strains to look backward to see the car that just passed, or how he bends over the metal bar to look at the flowers next to him. I think of how lucky he is – how lucky both of my grandsons are – nothing in their development has been called out for examination. They are healthy boys....more

"The Times They Are A-Changin'..."

As the weather gets warmer and the daylight hours lengthen, it seems the grandkids’ circadian rhythms have begun to exhibit signs of unpredictability. But of course we have become more unpredictable as well – the renewal of nature and along with it, the promise of good things to come, give us a natural high –  so we take unplanned walks in the park, trips to the beach, and excursions into our own backyards to witness up close and personal the beauty that immediately surrounds us....more

Reflecting on Mothers

WhereParentsTalk.com   by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com ...more

Mother's Day 101

Today, in honor of Mother’s Day, I did a bit of research on its origin and meaning. Here is what I found out: Mother’s Day was set aside for the appreciation of mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general, but neither the history of Mother’s Day (which had its roots in a woman’s peace movement bent on recognizing and uniting mothers whose sons had died in war), nor the present commercialization of Mother’s Day, can illuminate its protocol. For that, it seems we have to go with our gut....more

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Raising my grandchild as a single, sophisticated, and a business minded grandmother

Hi Ladies,   I've been raising my 13 month old grand daughter since she was 3 weeks old.  She is the joy of my life and, I would not trade a single moment.  My daughter disappeared after the 2nd day of coming home from the hospital.  I got a phone call from a DCF worker and told me I had until 5 pm that day to come and get my grand daughter or she would be in state custody. My daugter was there at the office when I arrived, and told me that she just wanted to "hang out", not be a Mother....more