By Debra Karplus, MS
Want to feel grand about your life? Try volunteering. Whether you’re retired or perhaps you’re still working, a little bit of your time donated to a cause or event that you’d like to help support goes a long way and promises to be greatly appreciated by the recipient.
Volunteer at [...]
Now that your grandchildren are back in school—much to the rejoicing of their parents—it’s time to ponder everything you soaked up this summer under the kids’ expert tutelage. Like how many games of Go Fish you can play in a row, where to find the best corn dogs or shave ice, and why One [...]
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 [...]
Laura DeHaan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Child Development, NDSU
Over the past 20 years, increased attention has been given to the importance of grandparenthood. This newfound emphasis on grandparenthood and stepgrandparenthood is a reflection of the increased life span; adults are living longer and four- and five-generation families are more common. It’s also [...]
In case of emergency, count me out.
My grandson underwent a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy this week. Even though I have been his primary caregiver for over one year, my role was secondary that long day in the hospital. I wasn’t invited into the prep room; I didn’t get a yellow gown and a hairnet; I wasn’t awarded [...]
On the bank of a chill wetland my wife and I waited for dawn. Redwing blackbirds flapped through the half-light. At the welcome glow of sunrise, a dubious chickadee perched almost within reach.
A Canada goose sprawling on her nest dangled one webbed foot carelessly. “Like a princess,” my wife remarked.
Lots of action, but [...]
Sandie N. Tillotson has always believed she could do anything she wanted to do – a belief she credits, in part, to her father’s belief in her. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Sandie would go to the Big Apple with her dad, and as she admired the penthouses along the bustling streets, [...]