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Soothing a Fussing Baby – Calming and Comforting 101

Soothing a Fussy Baby

Ah, the joys of being a grandparent! Watching the precious little one crawl around exploring the world for the first time… Seeing them take their first few bites of solid food… The smiles and the irresistible baby giggles when you tickle them… Here’s one you forgot about – The hours-long crying jags that make every adult within hearing distance want …

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Grandparent Valentine Ideas to Say “I Love You Grandchild”

Making Valentines Gifts

Aside from traditional store-bought cards and gifts, there are a wealth of gifts that can be personally created by grandparents for their grandchildren. Whether your grandchild lives nearby, or you are separated by many miles, you can make valentines a special day for your grandchildren. For the Little Ones For grandchildren between the ages of infancy and early elementary school, a …

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Baby Basics – A Diaper Changing Refresher Course

Diapering a Baby

As a grandparent, you may or may not be expected to change diapers. This is something you should discuss with the new parents. However, if you offer to change diapers even though it’s not expected, this will be a great relief to the parents, which will likely result in more visits and more time with the baby. In any case, …

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Grandparents. Grandkids, and Divorce

Grandparents, Grandchildren and Divorce

Grandparenting when families fall apart “Irreconcilable differences.” “We decided to go our separate ways.” “It’s just not working, and it’s time to move on.” “We’ve grown apart, and this is what we think will make things better.” These phrases seem so calm, respectful, and polite. However, they are often used to describe one of the most emotionally devastating experiences of …

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From Newborn to Toddler: The First Year of Development

From Newborn to Toddler-In-Training – Watching a baby reach developmental milestones is one of the greatest pleasures of grandparenthood. Whether your grandbaby lives with you full-time or just visits for occasional bonding time, you need to know what to watch for as they move toward their first birthday. They will change a lot in this first year, and you don’t …

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Childproofing Your Home for Active Toddlers – Toddler-Proofing Made Simple

Child proofing for grandchild safety

Every grandparent wants their grandchildren to be safe and happy. A few simple precautions can help you make your home a safe environment for your grandkids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, the leading causes of nonfatal injuries for children under the age of nine are falls, strikes from or against hard objects, animal bites and bee …

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Low Tech Fun at Grandma and Grandpa’s House

Activities with Grandchildren

How to Beat Your Grandkids’ Digital Devices –  We live in a high-tech age where nearly everyone carries a handheld computer in their pocket. These devices can turn people into “smartphone zombies” and that includes your grandchildren. All of this is tough for analog grandparents to understand. What on that tiny screen could possibly be so amazing or interesting? While …

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Grandparenting Across the Pond – Staying in Your Transcontinental Grandkids’ Lives

Grandparenting when you Grandchild is in a different country

It’s exciting to have grandchildren no matter where they are, but it can be a little heartbreaking when there’s an ocean between you. In our world today, it’s increasingly common for people to go overseas for work. It’s also increasingly common for people to make the permanent move abroad and “go native” in their new adopted home. If you find …

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Grandparenting in the Age of the Smartphone

Grandparents and Grandchildren smartphone selfie

Six Tips to not get Out-Smart-Phoned – Sure, every generation of grandparents bemoans the sorry state of the world today and the impact on our grandkids. Technology is wonderful but it can also give us a great deal to complain about. If you look at all of the “smartphone zombies” you can see in any given public place, you know …

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10 Percent of Grandparents Live With a Grandchild

Census Bureau report shows rise in co-resident grandparents with their grandchildren Of the 65 million grandparents in the United States in 2012, 7 million, or 10 percent, lived with at least one grandchild, according to Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012, a new report released October 22, 2014 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of children who lived with a …

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