Category: Glam Gran (Page 1 of 12)
Want to know who invented pet rocks? Push a button on your phone and you’ll have the answer.
What song is this? Your phone will tell you.
What should I be doing today? Ask your phone.
How wonderful are smartphones?
With those little pockets of technology you can shop, speak, bank, pay bills, research, write, take photographs, make videos – is there anything they can’t do?
I don’t know how I’d live without one. Oh, wait, I did, for more than half my life.
A group of islanders stand at the tall cliffs overlooking the South Pacific Ocean and sing a song. And a little bit of magic happens.
The islanders, from the village of Vaitogi, in American Samoa, sing some ancient words and one by one, the sea turtles in the area will come to the surface of the ocean and raise their heads from the water as if in greeting.
Those lucky enough to see this spectacle are often rewarded with the sight of sharks also coming to the water’s surface at the sounds of the ancient song/chant.
That the sharks and turtles, natural enemies, would swim alongside each other is a modern day mystery steeped in ancient legend.
Move over super mums – here comes Super Gran (and I’m not talking about the children’s series).
I’ll let you in on a secret. Grandmothering isn’t all about cookies and hugs.
Today’s grandmothers are juggling work, home and babysitting commitments with the flair of the best superheroes. This is a far different picture than the many cartoons littering the internet depicting grandmothers as little old ladies wearing aprons and baking cookies.
Grandparenting has become a much more serious business.
It has been used to build houses, make pottery, keep creatures cool, and is one of the oldest words in the English language. Mud.
The word dates back to at least 1400 and is derived from the original term “muddle”, meaning the lowest or worst of anything.
This ‘lowly’ material can also make you happier and healthier and possibly, more productive and smarter.
There is no doubt that creating art, in any form, can help children learn and become more self-confident and independent.
There is even evidence that enjoying creative activities can improve health.
It’s a wonderful feeling to be focused on a creation, in a world of your own, enjoying the solitude and immersed in your project.
When a group of people come together to create something, another kind of magic happens.
Did you know that the same chemicals that are released during sex and eating are released when you are engaged in a creative activity?
The reward centre in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable.
Dopamine acts as a natural anti-depressant, which means getting creative can bring you more joy and lessen anxiety.
One of the greatest gifts of grandparenting is to see and appreciate the wisdom in the children around us.
Often, as parents, we are so busy doing all that needs to be done, we can overlook the lessons our children offer us.
With more time for focus and contemplation, grandparents are rewarded with the vision that children come to us with all the wisdom we humans need for happy living. They help us relearn what we have forgotten.
They remind us how to play, they reunite us with our imaginations, and they help us focus on a mere moment in time.
Just when you think you have life worked out, you become a grandparent and things get complicated again.
Notwithstanding the exquisite joy that grandchildren deliver, there are quite a few challenges when adjusting to the role of Grand Parent.
A whole new group of people enter your life, in the form of in-laws (and often their friends and extended families). Prior to the arrival of the tiny treasure that is your grandchild, you may not have had to deal with this other group much.
However, once the child is born there will be occasions (such as birthday parties) you will need to interact and your diplomatic skills have never been so important.
While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.
Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.
Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.
However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.
The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.
It’s not all bad news, though.