Doris E. Schick    “Grandma” to 14
Connecticut and Florida

How has becoming a grandparent changed you?
I’ve become much more tolerant and understanding. (Is that part of my aging process?)

What word, phrase or experience captures your heart for your grandchildren?
A phone call beginning, “Hi, Grandma, it’s _______” is my favorite.

What 1 or 2 tips have you found most helpful in stoking your passion and being an effective grandparent?
Being available to just talk to them or watching them participate in their favorite activities has been so rewarding to us and to them. Most are grown or in college currently, so right now it’s just a “standby” to support time.

What’s your “secret sauce”—the way you bond with your grandchildren that is unique to you or your relationship?
We play cards and other games. We’ve also gone on car trips with them. Every summer for many years, one or more of them spent a week or two with us wherever we were living.

What’s the #1 thing you want to be remembered for as a grandparent? (What do you want your legacy to be?)
Being a “fun” Grandma! We’ve tried to share the family histories with them and hope they’ll always be interested in finding out more about our own grandparents and great grandparents.

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