Are Our Kids Too Busy and Stressed to Play?

This is a MUST read article by Omid Safi, a Weekly Columnist: “The Disease of Being Busy” my daughter-in-law shared recently. It is insightful and hits a painful truth of our time.

“I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.” Sounds familiar?

Over-stressed parents and many grandparents, over-scheduled kids . . .

Omid shares an episode only too familiar in many homes:

. . . we went to one of the friendly neighbors, asking if their daughter and our daughter could get together and play. The mother, a really lovely person, reached for her phone and pulled out the calendar function. She scrolled… and scrolled… and scrolled. She finally said: “She has a 45-minute opening two and half weeks from now. The rest of the time it’s gymnastics, piano, and voice lessons. She’s just…. so busy.”

“Whatever happened to a world in which kids get muddy, get dirty, get messy, and heavens, get bored?”

Really, I urge you to read this article and you will understand why I send out a call to all grandmothers: Let’s sneak in every moment we can grab to play, frolic, giggle, be crazy with the grandkids to have some heart-felt silly fun!

Have all the FUN you can give and get!!

Running Out of Ideas Playing With The Grand Kids?

upside-1What to Do With Grand Kids When You’re Out of Ideas?” Ellen Breslau asks. We grandmothers certainly can relate when after a long day together. You have baked some goodies, read stories and played all the games you could think of. Now you are a bit tired and your creative juice has dried out.
Ellen Breslau comes to your rescue with at least ten ideas of which some will recharge your own creative batteries:

  • Make a video instead of watching on your smartphone, iPad or any video device you have.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt; all kids at any age just love it.
  • Clean the house – add fun to it and you will have a ball.
  • Take out family photo albums with pictures of the kids and their parents when they were kids; kids love to see themselves and the stories you tell them.
  • Visit the fire station, pet store or sports store, . . . and many more fun suggestions.

You will note that, while reading about the various activities and their detailed descriptions, your imagination kicks in. You will enjoy just thinking of all the variations you could add. It happened to me.

This article, “What to Do With Kids When You’re Out of Ideas,” by Ellen Breslau is a keeper for your resource box. It will come in handy at one of those long, rainy days or weekends with the grandkids.

The fun you will have with your grandkids and they with you!

Welcome to the Happy Grandparents Week!

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Image by Photostock, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Though I had planned to post a more pragmatic article of a stubborn health issue on belly fat most of us struggle with, it just came to my attention that The American Grandparents Association (AGA) announced Happy Grandparents Week! They celebrate the week of September 7, 2014, to the 12th as a Feel Grand week Week.

What a great theme: Feel Grand! Check it out! AGA will celebrate with daily Feel Grand newsletters filled with tips, giveaways, and games – everything is aimed at helping you stay happy, healthy, and fit for many years.

I love the daily topics for the next five days AGA will address this week. I thought it would be fun to follow along with maybe some extra thoughts. The topics are:

  1. Monday: Feel Wise – Explore strategies to keep our brain healthy and sharp.
  2. Tuesday: Feel Energized – Suggestions to feel our best.
  3. Wednesday: Feel Loved – Get inspired to love our heart and our whole self.
  4. Thursday: Feel Strong – Simple tips boosting our inner and outer strength.
  5. Friday: Feel Healthy – Learn to keep our hard-working body in tip-top shape.

The Feel Grand theme and daily topics so well address the philosophy of Fun, Fit and Healthy Grandma. We should have a fun week!
To get us into the mood, let’s start today with an upbeat attitude and think about the effects it will have within and around us.

An upbeat mindset helps trigger optimism. Negative events or issues inevitably come up. It’s how we react to them will make the difference. In fact we can rewire our brain to view life within a positive frame.

A friend told me (true story) that recently she and her husband were so frustrated with each other and quarreled back and forth. Suddenly, both burst out laughing when they sensed how ridiculous their issues were.

A fun tip to quickly shift your mood:

My favorite exercise with the grandchildren is to enter a laugh contest we make up like: who is the first to laugh; who has the funniest laugh; who laughs the loudest; who shows the first tears from laughter; and so on. Before we know it we all laugh heartily and have great fun.

Have a wonderful sunny day, even if it rains! Talk to you tomorrow.

To your best health!
Ute

Holiday Magic Begins – Thanksgiving is Near!

350x260 pumpkin1Magic is in the air, bright fall colors announce the holiday season. Thanksgiving is knocking on the door. Good smells begin to fill the kitchen.

What a great time to share with the grandchildren our memories wherever they are or we are! It’s especially during the holiday season when we grandparents can shine and have great fun with the kids. We just have to start saying: “When I was your age, I  still remember the most delicious smell coming from the oven before Thanksgiving . . . it was a special spice my mom, your grandmother, used to bake apples.” [Read more…]

A Fun Day With the Grandchildren at Mount Vernon

320px-MTVernonseenfromtheriverEvery grandparent knows that the grandchildren LOVE to go and visit places.  But they may not know how much we enjoy to explore with them parks and historical sites. Visit a historical park and you will be in grandparent company.

Nearly 60% of grandparents travel with their grandchildren: day trips or longer travel tours. And summer time is high season of grandparent travel with the kids.

It was a beautiful warm day. On short notice Ally and Alissa packed lunch for the three of us and off we drove to explore a living-history plantation: Mount Vernon in Alexandria, VA, the home of George Washington for over 40 years during the mid 1700s.  It is close to Washington, DC – our Capital everyone wishes to visit at least once.  [Read more…]