I Was So Not Ready To Be A Nana

Mom, Your going to be a grandma was not something I was particularly ready for. I mean I was maybe 45 and still had one daughter in high school!  I don’t know if I ever would have been ready for grandchildren until it happened.  I wasn’t one of those parents.  I was ready for an empty nest after raising four children.  I was so not ready that our middle daughter got married I had one request of the newlyweds.  No grandchildren until we turned 50.  The actually laughed at me!  ......more

The Importance of Banter with Young Children

Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, gossiping, joking, and storytelling, can be amazingly beneficial for young children.Benefits of BanterLanguage Rich Environment...more

Happy Grandparents Day

Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Papa, Oma, Opa, MeMe or PopPop, whatever you call them they are your grandparents, and they are special! Special in a way that no one else on earth will ever be. "Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven't thought of yet." - Gene Perret ...more

I've Fallen in Love with Someone New – Happy Grandparents Day!

September 7th is Grandparents Day!!!!!!!!!!!! On August 8th in Seattle, Washington, our daughter Sarah and her husband Sol, brought a beautiful pink bundle of joy into this world. I am now a Grandma! Now, I understand why grandparents go on and on, bragging about their grandchildren....more

To the Grandparents: You Are Not Who You Used to Be

You are not who you used to be. The moment my husband entered the waiting room and smiled the words, "It's a girl," you became something new and different, while being altogether exactly the people we had grown up with. Before that moment, you were our parents. Nothing more. Nothing less. You were the ones who provided for us, comforted us, bailed us out, held us to consequences, and loved us unconditionally whether we cared or not (though we usually did). You were either the gateway or the obstruction to everything we wanted to do and be, depending on the day. ...more
I enjoy being a grandmother.  She's only three now, but soon, she will be old enough to hear all ...more

Grandchilden? No, Thank You

Sunday, Sept. 7 is National Grandparents Day.  I thought about this day of recognition when my best friend told me she and her husband will soon have another grandchild, their sixth.  My friend is excited, and she can’t wait to learn if it is boy or girl and what name the parents will choose. When baby arrives, there will be a shower with gifts of soft blankets, tiny outfits and colorful, tactile toys. ...more

Traveling companions are better than apps

We recently took a 10-hour drive to New Jersey for a family reunion. (Not in one day. That's craziness.) This trip went significantly better than the last really long car trip we took because of several things:...more
Fun in Fairfax VA I love the idea of goody bags and travel bingo. He's still little, but he ...more

5 ways to be prepared for preschool - Helpful for them and you !

These are some simple easy and generic ways to prepare your child or in my case niece to be ready for school !5 ways to be prepared for preschool: http://youtu.be/44-7o3VUrCwThis video will focus on how to prepare your kid for preschool ! Lets face it preschool can be nerve wrecking for moms or in my case the aunt ..Hahha . I want to make sure my niece is prepared to go to preschool to lighten out the uneasy feeling in her , her mom and I :) Here are five ways to prepare them and you ;)  http://youtu.be/44-7o3VUrCw...more

Always Eat Breakfast and Other Lessons I Taught My Daughter

The light was on in the kitchen and then the small light in the dining room. I saw my daughter setting out a placemat, a bowl and a spoon, a box of corn flakes. Of course, a box of corn flakes. She always ate corn flakes growing up."You have to get up, Mom. We have to leave for the airport in a half hour."It was 4:00 a.m. The rest of the houses on her street and most of San Diego was dark....more

10 Ways to Enhance Walks with Young Children

A walk with a baby, toddler, or preschooler makes everyone brighter. With fresh air, exercise, and a refreshing change of environment, walks can be one of the best remedies for boredom, restlessness, or fussiness. Walks also help children learn concepts and have memorable experiences related to science, language, math, senses, nature, and the community.Asking Questions...more