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GRANDparenting 101

A special feature on grandparenting from Kay & Leslie, founders of Grandparentslink.com

Want to be the grandparent that every grandchild cherishes with warmth and affection? Being a grandparent is a gift. It’s a joy and it requires concentration, creativity, patience, and understanding. Most importantly, being a grandparent demands your presence, in the moment.

Be yourself. Be authentic!

Show up — in person, via Facetime, Skype, email, or letters

Forget perfection.

Find out what your grandchild’s interests are, and learn more.

Share your passions and what you have learned along the way.

Remy Agee, writer for GRAND Magazine knows how to make Grandparenting fun. Create a digital slideshow of family photos.Grandparenting is not about YOU. Enjoy what your grandchildren enjoy.

  • Laugh and sing! Tell jokes. Get silly; let go! “Knock, knock, who’s there?”
  • Visit parks, museums; go to a local play or event.
  • Go to birthday parties, even if it’s virtually.
  • Have dessert first.
  • Turn your home into a restaurant.
  • Play board games, card games, charades.
  • Play outside; take walks, hikes.
  • Have picnics and tea parties, inside and out.
  • Frame pictures of your grandkids, and display them in your home.
  • Make–up a new holiday and celebrate it every year.
  • Go to recitals, sports games – the more you go, the more you’ll be invited.

If you are creative, make something for them. Do you knit, sew, make scrapbooks?

If you are not creative, bring out the arts and crafts, or the tool kit, and create together.

Give lots of hugs and kisses, and lots of positive reinforcement.

grandparenting is important at grandparentslink.com

GrandparentsLink.com gives grandparents a distinctive platform for information and resources relating to being a grandparent in this ever-changing socio-cultural environment.

GrandparentsLink.com conceived by authors Leslie Zinberg and Kay Ziplow five years ago, gives grandparents tools and access to information on all things having to do with grandparenting. Editorial content on the site covers a wide variety of topics including: Mindful grandparenting, health and wellness, crafts and entertainment, creative project ideas, places to go, things to see, products to buy and recipes to try.

 “I love the pure joy of being a grandparent…my grandchildren have taught me to be present, to be in the moment, to enjoy — and overall, to be mindful. There is nothing better than the giggles and the words and the thoughts and concepts they express,” states Leslie ZInberg, Co-Founder.

 Being a grandparent means that you get to experience another adventure, another part of life’s journey, in another dimension.  It takes your breath away to see your own children have children- this experience of the circle of life gives us as grandparents another opportunity in life to enjoy something so precious and unscripted. You hope that you can create bonds with your grandchildren, but really can only do that through respect for the parents, and understanding new trends, or ways of doing things – grandparentslink.com provides that palate.” -Kay Ziplow, Co-Founder. 

The site gives grandparents exclusive resources on how to be great grandparents, while staying current on important trends. Zinberg describes the site as, “a solid vehicle for great resources, interest pieces, and information.” Grandparentslink.com allows grandparents the ability to stay in tune with what’s going on within society—keeping them connected to the outside world and their families.

It truly is unlike any other grandparent site on the Internet today. Grandparentslink.com is personal, fresh, engaging and passionate, and most importantly the information comes from the hearts and souls of real grandparents.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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