Giving Up on the Uninvolved Grandparents

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The Family Story We'll Tell For Generations

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That could go in a fiction story!  Great real life material!more

Moving back home

Sometimes I tease my Mom about her home (sorry, Mom), because she maintains two guest bedrooms that are reserved for her grandchildren to stay with her whenever they want. I tease her because I know it takes a lot of work to keep up her home, but she does a lovely job with it. And, my son absolutely loves the idea that he has his own bedroom at his Nana's house....more

In-Law With No Boundaries

I must start by saying, I am attached to my family and love each and every one of them. I come from a large family where I am the 12th grandchild out of 23.  When I was young, my mother was always with her sisters and I was always with my cousins. We would go over to my grandparents house and play in the woods, ride bikes, and visit, but then we would go home. See, when there are 23 grandchildren, if one stays with "Mom" and Papa," then that opens the door for a house full, which my grandparents simply could not manage....more

Long distance grandparents


I can't be your grandbabymama

I think I can understand why you want a grandchild.After all, many years ago, you wanted a child. You could picture a baby crib filling the empty corner in the unused office overlooking the driveway. You flipped through magazines, furnishing the room with ideas.Then, finally, you were pregnant. You furnished the room for real, this time: crib, changing table, soft animals, color....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


Favoriting my Mom's tweets

My Mom is a pretty tech-savvy lady: She runs a brilliant blog, texts and shares photos, and she tweets more often than I do. All of this she learned on her own, and I am incredibly grateful for her willingness to be involved online. In her point of view, she is ready to interact with her grandchildren in whatever form of social media they end up on....more