Author: Steve Stiffler

5 Grandparenting Goals for the New Year

Do you set resolutions each New Year? Or do you regularly come up with goals in certain areas of your life? It’s been well-established that goal-oriented people are more likely to achieve the good things they set out to do. And there’s some wisdom there for grandparents. If our grandkids are important to us, then doesn’t it make sense that clearly-defined goals can help us better love and encourage them? As a way of getting more specific, maybe it will help to think about your grandparenting using the five principles from my research, which use the letters of HEART....

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4 Ways Grandparents Can be Good Mentors

I’m a grandchild. I’m a lot like your grandchildren, in fact, except more grown up. Then again, I’m probably not quite like your grandchildren because the type of childhood I had hardly seems to exist anymore. My childhood memories are peppered with times in my Gramma’s kitchen. Gramma’s parents immigrated from Poland, meaning Polish was her first language. By the time I was standing in her kitchen rolling pierogies and making borscht, though, she only remembered a few phrases and songs. Technically I may be only a quarter Polish, but that didn’t stop me from connecting deeply with my...

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Grandnannying—Making the Most of Grandchildren Time

Years ago families gathered at Grandma’s for Sunday lunch and spent the afternoon eating, playing games, and catching up on the week’s events. Today families rarely follow the days-gone-by format that includes a Sunday afternoon visit to the grandparents. However, some grandparents spend many hours a week with their grandchildren since both parents are at work or have a single-parent family. What’s the best way for grandparents to make use of time with their grandchildren? How can they use that time to pour their wisdom into the little ones and teens? What are some suggested activities that create teachable...

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Our Vision, Mission and Responsibility as Grandparents

In the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, American gymnast Simone Biles earned a gold medal in the all-around, the vault, and the floor competition as well as a bronze medal for her performance on the balance beam. And I firmly believe that the key to her phenomenal success was her grandparents. Simone’s father was never involved in her life, and when her mother was in rehab for a substance abuse problem, four-year-old Simone and her sister, Adria, landed in the foster care system. Concerned about their well-being, her grandfather and his wife rescued Simone and Adria, adopted...

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Got Your Back

My son glared at me through the glass. I had locked him out until he mowed the lawn. My husband was deployed to Afghanistan. It was just me and my belligerent thirteen-year-old. He never would have pulled this rebellion with Dad, but he was almost as tall as me and did not want to mow the lawn. “I’m going to run away!” he screamed. “Fine,” I calmly replied, in a volume he could hear through the window. “When you get hungry, dinner will be served after the lawn is mowed.” “I’m going to Grandma’s.” He thought he had me...

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