Author: Steve Stiffler

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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10 Characteristics I Didn’t Appreciate Enough About My Grandmother . . . Until I Was a Grandparent Myself

I’ve written about my grandmother many times, but it occurred to me that there were some things I didn’t (and couldn’t) fully appreciate about her until I was a grandmother myself. As I get older, I realize that a lot of her best qualities were things I couldn’t appreciate when I was younger because I just wasn’t wise enough. With age does come wisdom, and although I always knew she was a wonderful grandmother, now I see that she was truly a unique individual with very admirable qualities that anyone would do well to emulate. This is also something...

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