Introducing Grilled Grandma Terry

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I used to think that I would love it if my grandchildren could stay little. I loved it when they were first learning to walk or talk and I wished I could put a brick on their head to keep them from growing up. But I have come to realize that every age is the perfect age.

~ Grilled Grandma Terry

Time for another Grilled Grandma feature!

A Grilled Grandma is a grandmother on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions and she's graciously responded with answers and photos.

Please click on over and give a warm welcome to Grilled Grandma Terry... of Gramma in a Box fame!

Introducing Grilled Grandma Christie

Introducing Grilled Grandma Christie

It's been a while since I've grilled up a grandma for my Grilled Grandmas feature. Thankfully Christie of So what? Now what? volunteered to go first in kicking off a new round — and once again regularly published feature, is my plan* — of grandmothers sharing anecdotes and advice on the grandest gig around. 

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Heating up the grill! Plus, GRAND Social No. 285 link party for grandparents

Heating up the grill! Plus, GRAND Social No. 285 link party for grandparents

The holidays have passed and we're already nearly a quarter of the way through the first month of the new year. Which means it's time to get back to the business of GRAND Social socializing. 

First, though, another bit of business: that of grilling! Grandma grilling.

Heating up the grill!

For far too many months to count now, I've been lax — okay, downright negligent — about publishing new Grilled Grandma features. Which isn't okay with me, as celebrating fellow grandmothers is one of my favorite things to do here on Grandma's Briefs.

So today I resolve to feature (meaning, grill) far more grandmothers in the months to come.

But... that means I need you!

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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.

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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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Can I grill you? Plus, GRAND Social No. 199 link party for grandparents

Can I grill you?

Some of you may recall a feature I started here on Grandma's Briefs soon after I started up the site. It was (and still is) Grilled Grandmas, a Q&A with various grandmas of various ages and stages, many of whom are still active in the Grandma's Briefs community, linking here, commenting there. You can check out the numerous grillings I published of fabulous grandmas willing to share their wisdom and wit — and photos of their grandkiddos, too — by clicking right here or on the Grilled Grandmas tab at the top of this page.

I put Grilled Grandmas on hiatus a while back, mostly because I ran out of grandmas to grill. But... there are so many relatively new grandmas in the online grandma community, I'd like to get back to publishing grillings of any grandmas who would like to be featured. Which is where YOU come in.

If you're interested in being featured as a Grilled Grandma and having...

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Rest in peace, Grandma Nina

It's with a very heavy heart that I share the passing of one of the first grandma bloggers I met online, soon after I began blogging in 2009.

Nina Knox was one of my first Grilled Grandmas. She was the consummate grandma, filled with grace and love. We shared blogging stories, tips, and ideas for quite some time, but in the past few years our connection faded. We were in some of the same blogging groups together, but never close.

I knew from being in a shared Facebook group that Nina unexpectedly became quite ill when visiting Hawaii in May. She was hospitalized for quite some time, seemed to improve...

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6 grandmother myths debunked

Despite the endless amounts of knowledge available online and off, it seems many folks still have an astoundingly incorrect idea of what it means to be a grandmother. The stereotype of an overweight granny with gray hair pulled up in a bun, glasses firmly propped upon her nose and an apron forever tied around her waist is so very NOT what today's grandmothers are. Yet that stereotype persists.

My The Grandma in a box made a smidgen of difference in my mission to dispel the incorrect stereotypes of grandmothers. There's still a long way to go, though, so here's yet another effort.

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Myth:
Grandmothers are old.

Debunked: One quick perusal...

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40 Things to do when visiting your grandchild's house

Jim and I chatted with our grandsons via FaceTime the other night, and one thing I mentioned to Bubby and Mac was that they should come up with some ideas for fun things to do when PawDad and I visit them next month.

 40 things to do when visiting grandchildren


As I don’t want to leave the boys fully in charge of the agenda for our visit, I set out to make a list of options myself. I first considered perusing...
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