By Becky Frost
It’s summer! Time to go visit the grandkids or fly away to an exotic location and completely check out, right? Think again. You may be leaving town, but not likely your online life. Today we have many options – smartphones, tablets and laptops – to remain connected while on [...]
In this installment of Gramma Good, we discuss bicoastal families and how to stay close despite the distance.
Hi Gramma Good: My grandchildren live on the opposite coast. I miss them dearly. Any ideas of how I can still have a close relationship with them?
Hi Opposite Coast: I also have children living far away [...]
The Issue: We both laughed, when we read a comment by author Hope Edleman (Mother of My Mother), “Grandparents are just as likely to be sources of conflict as pillars of support”. And then I (GRAND) stopped laughing, as I recalled a recent time when I blew it. Just the other day, in fact. I [...]
By Paula Spencer Scott, senior editor at Caring.com
Too often, the youngest members of the family are ignored when a health crisis or problem strikes. They may ask, “What’s happening?” and be brushed off. Or the answer to “Is Grandpa going to be all right?” is a curt (and not always realistic) “Of course!” [...]
It takes nurturing and discipline to raise grandchildren who are struggling with the absence or loss of a parent
By Sylvie de Toledo, LCSW/BCD
Henrietta Casper has a problem. Her 15-year-old grandson is defiant and disrespectful. When she tells him he can’t go out at night, he just walks [...]
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”, [...]
Kinship care options and advice for grandparents of kids in the child-welfare system
By Cathleen J. Newbanks
The Fostering Connections Act (2009) mandates that child-welfare workers locate and contact relatives within 30 days of a child being removed from the custody of their parent(s). Research has shown that children removed from their [...]