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    Wednesday
    Mar042015

    Musing elsewhere: 9 Personal Skills to Encourage in Grandchildren

    compassion: children with ladybug 

    Want to enhance your grandchildren's lives in ways that last a lifetime? Well put away your wallet and encourage kids to develop personal skills rather than accumulate playthings.

    Grandparents are uniquely qualified in three specific ways to best encourage skills that make a world of difference when it comes to a child's future success:

    • boomeon bloggerWe have unconditional love for our grandchildren.
    • We support and supplement the values instilled by our grandchildren's parents.
    • We often have fewer work demands and outside obligations than the parents, hence more relaxed, one-on-one time with the grandkids.

    Use your time, talents, and unique experiences to help instill important personal skills in your grandchildren by encouraging them to be:

    Compassionate. Visit zoos—from open-range to petting—and animal shelters to discuss humane practices in caring for animals. Compassion for humans can be...

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    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    11 men I'd love to hug other than my husband

    As many of you know, about a year and a half ago I was called out of the audience at a national conference by none other than movie star Andy Garcia. He invited me to the front of the stage, in front of hundreds of conference attendees, so he could simply give me a hug. (If you missed that story—or just want to giggle about it again—you can read "On Andy Garcia and me" here.)

    Now, when I met (and hugged) Mr. Garcia, I was shocked, surprised, delighted! I never, ever expected such a thing might come of my writing in a movie review of Garcia's latest film that I'd love to give the guy a hug. So if that is all it takes to get a hug from a man I admire—simply putting it down in writing for all the Internet to see—here are eleven other men I'd love to hug...and why:

    men to hug

    David Sedaris. He doesn't seem the hugging type, so Mr. Sedaris would likely...

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    Monday
    Mar022015

    Puppy love, plus the GRAND Social No. 146 link party for grandparents

    Puppy love

    I must share a secret. See, I have a little competition for Jim's affection:

    pit pointer and owner

    Yep, they're best buds, Jim and Mickey.

    Mickey doesn't typically pose for pictures. In honor of...

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    Saturday
    Feb282015

    Saturday movie PREview—and giveaway: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    The last time my husband and I went to see a movie at the theater, we did as we always do: Jim headed off for the popcorn while I made my way to the theater to nab our seats. As I sought out the correct theater, a middle-aged couple walked just ahead of me. Suddenly the woman stopped in her tracks as her hubby kept walking. The woman was mesmerized by the movie poster in the hallway.

    As I got closer, I realized what had caught her eye... and I joined her in front of the colorful, oversized promotion for THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL.

    second best exotic marigold hotel

    "I can't wait to see this! Did you see the first one?" she asked in dreamy tone.

    "Oh, yeah," I said in an equally smooth voice as we...

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    Friday
    Feb272015

    An Easter gift idea for granddaughters

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Deserves.com; all content provided by the sponsor.

    My grandkids and I have always said 'I love you to the moon and back' whenever we're separating. Because of that ritual, my heart melted when I saw this necklace and I had to have it right away. So I bought it for my granddaughter.

    to the moon and back necklace

    I knew instantly that she LOVED it when she turned around, put her little head...

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    Thursday
    Feb262015

    Here and Now: February 26, 2015

    The second edition of my new Here and Now feature...

    here and now grandma's briefs

    On my mind...

    Why can I recall every single word of songs from my youth that I now hear only once a year or so yet simply CANNOT get down the lyrics of current hits I hear on the radio at least once a day? Is it age? Is it because...

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    Wednesday
    Feb252015

    The Grandma's Briefs interview on GRAND MAGAZINE Radio

    I recently had the honor of being interviewed for the popular GRAND MAGAZINE Radio program. I was a tad anxious about how this, my first radio interview, might go, considering I'm a writer, not a speaker. Plus, I was on the tail-end of a cruddy, sniffly, snorty cold and would surely sound nasally.

    grandma radio interview 

    I do sound nasally in the piece, but thanks to Barbara, the gracious host, everything else went fabulously well. In fact, the interview process turned out be rather painless and fun. Barbara and I chatted about...

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    Tuesday
    Feb242015

    When grandchildren move away: 10 things to send with them

    Sometimes, regardless of how much we wish things could be different, grandchildren and their parents move away from Grandma and Grandpa. Perhaps there's a better financial situation for Mom or Dad farther away, or maybe it's a marital split that results in beloved grandbabies being relocated farther from grandparents than ever before.

    I have always been a long-distance grandma—my grandsons have never lived near me. So I can only imagine how heartbreaking it must be to learn grandchildren who lived nearby will soon live miles and miles away. Such a transition is surely hurtful not only for the grandparents, but for the grandchildren, too.

    when grandchildren move away

    As a longtime long-distance grandma, though, I do know there...

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