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Category: (Grand)parenting (Page 2 of 6)

THE TRUTH ABOUT COOKIES, HUGS AND THE GRANDEST OF JOBS

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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.

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GRAND GRATITUDE – HOW TO KEEP THE FEELING ALIVE

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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.

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WHEN YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR TONGUE AND ZIP IT GRAN

 

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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.

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HOW TO DISPLAY KIDS’ ART, AND WHY YOU SHOULD

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesdays project – how to display kids’ art.

I have some fun ideas for dealing with the mountains of art your little creators will give you.

But first, let me tell you why it is so important to display their artworks.

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GRAND DESIGNS – HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR GRANDKIDS

 

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Just when you think it is safe to reclaim your home, along come the grandkids.

It’s not always easy for us grandparents, who have not had to think about safety locks on cupboards, or the dangers of low-lying glass ornaments, for years.

We may have been revelling in the enjoyment of being able to put things where we want to without these concerns. Not to mention the absolute joy of a house that stays clean for longer than 24 hours.

It can be easy to overlook the dangers, to our property and tiny hands and feet, of carelessly placed treasures.

The thing about grandkids is that they come to you having learned a different set of rules.

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SECRETS TO PLANNING A STRESS-FREE CHILDREN’S PARTY  

 

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Planning a party for the little ones? What can possibly go wrong?

The comedian, W.C. Fields knew what he was talking about when he advised; “Never work with children or animals”.

Why? Because they’re unpredictable and you can never be certain of outcomes when they’re involved.

That being said, it is possible to host a stress-free children’s party and these tips will show you how.

 

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HOW PLANNING AHEAD CAN SAVE YOU FROM DEPRESSION

 

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A constant theme among the grandmothers in my circle has been a feeling of contentment – a sense that their life has come full circle and is complete.

There is no argument this is a wonderful feeling, but what if I told you that the contentment you’re feeling now could lead to depression?

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GRAND CRIMES – AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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“Please, will you just shut up,” I pleaded/yelled as all chaos broke out with four Goddesses all vying for my attention.

This was my Grand crime. I imagined how my reputation with the neighbours as a dedicated Grandy had just gone down the gurgler.

The Goddesses looked at me in shock. Grandy doesn’t usually speak to them this way.

The outburst served to keep them all quiet for seconds until the next drama erupted.

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WELCOME TO HELL AND THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

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You don’t have to do bad things to go to Hell. Anyone can get there.

The tiny Michigan town in Livingston County is a popular fishing and swimming spot.

Or there’s the European alternative, Hell, a tiny village in Norway.

For me, it’s  more than 20 hours flying either way, so it could be easier to go to Little Hell, in Tasmania, Australia.

Perhaps I should try Satans Lair, also in Tassie, or Hellfire Bluff, Dismal Swamp or Misery Knob.

A trip to Victoria could find me in Mount Despair or I could visit Desolation Bay in South Australia, or Disappointment Hill, in Western Australia.

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TAMURIA’S A – Z OF MANNERS – A HAPPY GUIDE

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I could feel my mood darkening along with the skies as I sat in the grandstand watching my favourite football team play.

Well, actually I was trying to watch but it was a challenge as a group of spectators had decided to stop in the aisle, right in front of my view of the field, and have a conversation.

I had already been hit in the head by some woman’s handbag as she squeezed past the row of seats behind on a mission to buy food.

There were wet patches on my jeans where my drink had slurped over the top of my glass as someone in my row jostled past me.

I’m pretty sure our row contained the world’s hungriest and thirstiest people. Or maybe they just had weak bladders. Either way, sitting at the end of the row meant there was no respite and the action inevitably coincided with action on the field that I missed in an effort to move and avoid having my feet squashed. Wasn’t anyone here to actually watch the game?

Somehow I managed to hold my tongue, keep a (near) smile (maybe it was more a grimace) on my face and go on to watch my team make a stunning win.

It had me thinking, though. How easily we can get fed up and angry when people are so thoughtless and how different the world would be if more people followed  the simple rules of good manners.

 

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