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Thank you for visiting Grandma's Briefs, where I write on the good, bad, humorous and heartwarming of being a baby boomer, grandparent, parent to adult children, wife and writer. Peruse the place, leave a comment or two, and feel free to email me any time at Lisa@GrandmasBriefs.com.

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Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Jak, Mac, and Bubby (bloggy nicknames for our grandsons)
 

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Newlyweds Matt and Andrea (youngest daughter)

 

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    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    Grilled Grandma wisdom: Leaving a legacy

    Grandmothers strive to be a positive force in their families, make a difference in the lives of their loved ones in the (relatively little) time we have to spend with them here on earth.

    Grandmothers also, perhaps even more so, hope to make a difference in the loved ones themselves — their character, personality, person — a legacy that lives on long after Grandma's gone.

    I always ask Grilled Grandmas What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? Following are some of their answers.

    grandma legacy 

    Respect for all things, creatures and people, a love of learning, and a sense of adventure. Gail

    I want most to teach them that life is change; that change is not...

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    Monday
    Mar202017

    Spring activities for kids! Plus GRAND Social No. 248 link party for grandparents

    Spring activities for kids!

    Today is the first day of spring! Yay!

    Need some ideas for spring activities with kids? Here are 10 suggestions for sharing with the grand youngsters. Though the video says the fun is for preschoolers, I think kids up to age 10 would certainly appreciate and enjoy most of them, too.

    Have fun! May spring 2017...

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    Saturday
    Mar182017

    Saturday movie brief: Spring song and dance

    spring dance movie montage

    Ah, spring! The blooming good season we long for all winter officially arrives Monday. Hooray!

    Let's kickstart the celebration of sunnier days ahead with a little movie-style song and dance dedicated to spring, spring, spring.

    First the spring...

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    Friday
    Mar172017

    A grand St. Patrick's Day performance: Get Your Green On!

    st. patrick's day jibjab

    In preparation for St. Patrick's Day, my grandsons, Jim, and I have been putting in long hours of practice on a special performance for our Grandma's Briefs friends.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Bubby, Mac, Jak, PawDad and Gramma in Get Your Green...

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    Wednesday
    Mar152017

    Dublin over: 16 St. Patrick's Day jokes for kids

    Time for another round of seasonal silly stuff for kids and their keepers, be they grandmothers or others. This go-round the subject is St. Patrick and his special day.

    st. patrick's day jokes for kids 

    What do you call a big Irish spider?

    A Paddy long legs

     

    What does Ireland have more than any other country?...

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    Tuesday
    Mar142017

    The most important thing grandparents can do for grandkids (sponsored post)

    This post sponsored by Sandvik Media in collaboration with The GRANDparent Network.

    grandparents and grandchildren love books

    The most important thing we can do for our grandchildren is much simpler than you might expect. Parents these days know all about the dangers of “screen time” and the technology overload that kids now face. It's hard being a parent today, but there's something us grandparents can do to help. Our strategy is to surround the grandkids with the best books for their age, read to them every chance we get, and nurture their natural curiosity.

    The research validates the obvious; that reading skills are essential to... Click to continue reading in the Back Room.

    Monday
    Mar132017

    St. Paddy's fact and fiction plus GRAND Social No. 247 link party for grandparents

    St. Paddy's fact and fiction

    St. Patrick's Day, one of the few holidays everyone loves to celebrate in ways large or small — regardless of one's religious, political, ancestral, or astrological background — is this Friday. Whether it's shamrock cookies, brisket, green beer or any other of the bevy of traditional Irish goodies you share with friends and family on the happy day, consider sharing a wee bit o' the following Irish lore with them as well, some fact and some fiction, all courtesy History.com.

    First, I will share with you my favorite fact from the list as well as my fave fiction.

    Fave fact: I am one in a million. One of 34.7 million, to be precise, as I'm one of that many U.S. residents who have honest-to-goodness Irish blood (of some degree) coursing through their veins. Yep, I'm Irish (and Dutch... which I've been told, "doesn't amount to much.")

    Fave fiction: Good ol' Patrick of whom the holiday was named wasn't Irish! Nope, Patrick was born in Britain, then, at the age of 16, was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave. Who knew? Not me!

    There's more where that came from! Right here, the full infographic of fantastic St. Paddy's Day fact and fiction:

    st. patrick's day trivia

    May the luck o' the Irish be...

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    Friday
    Mar102017

    Summer vacation: Four must-do multigenerational trips

    summer vacation ideas

    Now that we're well into March, planning summer trips tops the to-do list of many a mama, grand or otherwise.

    For your consideration, here are four of my favorite trips of the past couple years — all ideal for enjoying with multiple generations. Meaning, they're perfect places to gather together loved ones young and not-so-young plus everyone in between for an unforgettable summertime celebration.

    The following trips cover far-reaching regions of the country — California, Colorado, Michigan, Florida — so there's surely one...

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