The Issue: Billy Crystal and Bette Midler did it! Battled with generational child-rearing clashes in their recent movie, “Parental Guidance”. While the movie puts a humorous face on the whole issue, viewers can empathize with the grandparents feeling overwhelmed and just plain lost. Their daughter (played by Marissa Tomei) corrected them on their language. “No”, [...]
The Issue: Depends on your definition. Or is it your age or culture? As reported in the Washington Post Magazine earlier this year, a growing number of child advocates in the US. are working towards an end to corporal punishment. A total legal ban on spanking in all settings has been passed by 33 nations [...]
My adult daughter and her two children are going through a change in their lives and need to move in with us for awhile. Any tips on helping all of us adjust to this temporary living situation?
Life is full of changes and challenges. Sometimes, it takes a few steps backwards to move forward. With [...]
A parent wrote with a question: How can I encourage ‘Grand’ to listen to a grandchild?
While we were working on this topic, it occurred to us that this is a very timely issue with the holiday season in full swing. Not only for grands, but for parents, too. Running around getting ready for [...]
The Issue: To Say or Not To Say…
By Remy Agee and Blair Selby
As most children do, my grandchildren at times erupt in frustration with a swear word…most of which they hear from grown ups. Their parents are making a conscientious effort to curb the use of such words; I certainly agree with their [...]
Food, glorious food! Whether for nourishment, comfort or a treat, food clearly is a source of contention between the generations of parents. We know this from conversations with other parents and grandparents as well as from personal experience. So…for all children who have ever been challenged by the ‘Clean Plate Club’ and for all adults [...]
The Issue: When I’m with my grandchildren and their parents aren’t around, I am the ‘adult in charge’. That is, I’m responsible for all aspects of their safety and well being. However, when the parents are around, I am supposed to revert back to the role of ‘grandmother’ and let the parent be the ‘adult [...]