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What a birthday gift – a book about you and to you from a Grandma who is a writer. Cheryl Therrien, an author and blogger (grandmotherdiaries.com and geekgirlusa.com) who loves technology, decided to write a series of letters to her upcoming grandchild. Letters from Grandma She published her book, Letters from Grandma: Before You Were Born, just weeks before the May 4, 2013 arrival of her new grandson. She nicknamed her grandchild Sweetling. She has already started a conspiracy with Sweetling to spoil him or her rotten, and to reveal his or her daddy’s tricks, showing her delight at the thought... (Read More ...)

Last week, readers spent the most time on: Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Who Taught You You Were Pretty? Mom’s Pies Who Invented the Computer Mouse? Who Discovered DNA? Do You Get Along with Your Grandchildren’s Other Grandparents? Last month, readers spent the most time on: Can You Stand on One Foot? Hot Pepper Jelly Grandparents. Poems. Funny. Cancer Schmancer. Book Thursday How Do You Draw Time? Fun with Grandkids Coming up next week: What Did Your Mom Teach You About the... (Read More ...)

I loved getting to know my first daughter-in-law’s parents. Matti (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Her Mom was the kind of can-do person I admire. Nothing in the wedding preparations fazed her. She just figured out a way to solve whatever problem came up, with the attitude that just because she didn’t know how to do something didn’t mean she couldn’t do it if she set her mind to it. Her daughter has the same attitude. Her father was a doctor and her parents had decided to move from Richmond, where they met, to Maine, thinking it a better place for kids to grow up. I love the fact... (Read More ...)

Last week, readers spent the most time on: lucky number (Photo credit: Meme!) The Golden Mean The Birthday Cake How To Do Nothing with Nobody What Are 10 Top Tips for a Long Marriage? Have You Ever Made Your Own Slingshot? Last month, readers spent the most time on: Can You Stand On One Foot? How Tall Is Your Teddy Bear? How Does the Water Temperature Effect How Fast a Sugar Cube Dissolves? How Do You Draw Time? Have You Ever Stood Up for Yourself? Coming up next week: What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up? Monday, April 29, 2013 How did you pick your profession? Do Your Grandchildren Have a... (Read More ...)

I think one of the signs that you have grown up is when you forgive your parents for being human. Parents with child Statue, Hrobákova street, Petržalka, Bratislava (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Lauretta Hannon, author of “The Cracker Queen,” describes her own life through the lens of her parents’ and grandparents’ lives. She explains the difficult childhoods her parents had, leading them to make their own mistakes in parenting. In a book filled with insight, humor and pathos, probably the statement that sums up the reason for her parents’ poor parenting skills best was, “they should... (Read More ...)

Why Not Top 10 Commandments? A Grandmother with her new born Granddaughter (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Thou Shalt Not Judge the Mother of Thy Grandchildren Thou Shalt Tell the Parents of Thy Grandchildren They Are Doing a Good Job Thou Shalt Tell Thyself If Your Grandchildren Have Love, Food and Shelter, They Are OK Thou Shalt Tell Or Write Down Thy Own Stories for Thy Grandchildren Thou Shalt Attempt to Follow Thy Grandchildren’s Parents’ Rules I’ve been asking mothers and grandmothers recently what they think A Grandmother’s Top 10 Commandments should be. I stopped at five because most... (Read More ...)

“White” table grapes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Which of the Following Foods Is Safe for 18-Month-Old Children to Eat? Have you ever had a child or grandchild choke on a piece of food? What if there were some place you could go where all the troublesome foods for 18-month-olds were listed? There is. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has looked at this issue and given us guidelines. In a recent survey of 49 grandparents conducted by Dr. Amanda Soong, pediatrician, professor and mother who wanted to help educate grandparents, she asked this question. She shared the results at AAP’s... (Read More ...)

For Children 2 Years and Up, Watching TV, Playing Video Games, Or Using a Computer Should be Limited to How Much Time a Day? As a responsible grandparent, you want to limit the time your grandchildren spend in front of the television, watching DVDs or playing video games. A child watching TV. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) So, how much is enough? How much is too much? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a recommendation. A pediatrician, professor and mother of two, Dr. Amanda Soong, recently asked 49 grandparents what they thought the recommendation was. The results were presented at AAP’s... (Read More ...)

A glass of milk (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At What Age Can a Baby Start to Drink Whole Milk? Question number 5 in a recent 15-question survey about childhood nutrition and safety was “At what age can a baby usually start to drink whole milk?” Dr. Amanda Soong, pediatrician, professor, and mother of two, decided to survey and have a conversation with grandparents about recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) after a conversation with her own mother about sleeping arrangements for her infant. Since many grandparents are also primary caregivers, and since many recommendations... (Read More ...)

A plot of SIDS rate from 1988 to 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Where Is the Best Position for a Baby to Sleep In?  This past October, moms.today.com reported that grandparents flunked a recent safety quiz about babies. Intrigued, I tracked down the author of the quiz, pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Amanda Soong. Dr. Soong had just presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She surveyed 49 grandparents, from three grandparenting support groups, many of them primary caregivers for... (Read More ...)