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My mom is a fabulous seamstress.  She is so talented and of all the years I was under her roof, I never learned her art.  I regret it so much.  I keep telling her I am going to learn, but life is already so crowded, it seems I will never find the time.  Our middle daughter, however, loves to sew!  She loves going to my mom's house to learn to sew.  My mom has one of those fabulous embroidery machines, too, so it is fun for her to monogram whatever she learns to sew (hey, can you make me a set of towels while you're at it?).  Our son loves her skill, too, although he keeps her challenged by sketching the costumes he wants her to make for the movies he makes.   Regardless, they love her art, her skill.  In a world of screens, it's so refreshing to recover a seemingly lost art.  BONUS: it's time spent together to learn about each other, be grateful for each other, and it's time we will never get back.

I remember my Grandad's workshop and the smell of wood, oils and sawdust.  I used to love to watch him build and create.  So build and create something with your grandchildren.

I loved making shortbread cookies with Nana. Before the shortbread cookie stamp was adorably available, she would poke each one with her fork in a fun pattern to decorate them and it was so much fun.  Now that Nana is 94, it is time I am so grateful I had.  Make the most of it all.  Life is short, live it well.


More cooking, I know....but another idea is to start a cookbook with your grandchild.  Each time your grandchild comes or spends the night, cook something together and put the recipe in the cookbook.  You can even take a picture to put in the cookbook as now you have a scrapbook of sorts that your grandchild will treasure one day, whether they think they will or not!  Those cheap plastic photo albums (pictured above) make perfect cookbooks.  You can find them at the dollar store for $1.00!  Insert a cute cover you make for your grandchild, and then start cooking together!

Pick your son or daughter's favorite cookie recipe and bake them with your grandchild(ren).  Then make a tag together to give them to your grandchild(ren)'s mom or dad.  This will open up dialogue about when their mom or dad was younger...stories, memories, etc.  Plus, you can eat some of the cookies together once they are baked.

Can't beat that.


It's important to connect with your grandkids....but it gets difficult as they get older!  Here are a few things you can do together to relax, enjoy each others' company, and get your grandkids to unplug from their electronic worlds and connect with you.                                                                                                     


One of the joys of being a grandparent is that you can enjoy the best parts of parenting, sans the discipline required from your parenting days.  Not to say you let your grandchildren run freely, no boundaries, no limits....but it's just a bit more relaxed.  You can keep the grandkids for the night, have a blast, fill them full of sugar and load them down with gifts, then give them back the next day! A common plea for our help comes from parents who need the right verbiage to use with grandparents as the family begins to implement the fisherkids responsibility station.  So here is a guide to being the grandparent of a fisherkid! Our stations combine lessons from three spheres of learning onto one board that hangs nicely in the home: chores/family responsibilities, accountability, and financial management.  Grandparents are commonly on board with all of these, but they are often unaware of how their actions might thwart parents' efforts to implement these lessons. When implementing the fisherkids responsibility station, a family must teach the three basics of financial savvy: giving, saving, and spending.  In order for children to be motivated to complete their responsibilities in order to give, save, and spend, they simply cannot be showered in gifts of whatever their heart desires.  This is often VERY difficult for parents to explain to grandparents.  If a child always gets what (s)he wants, what motivation is there to lift a finger around the house? Now, I am going to press pause for a moment and interject one crucial element of our responsibility stations: there are responsibilities expected of our children simply because they are part of our family.  Families help each other out; families provide for one another; and families respect and love each other.  Parents provide a roof over their children's heads, food for their bellies, and clothes for their backs (at the bare minimum); in return there are things children do to help out around the house simply because it is the right thing to do.  HOWEVER, there must be a way to teach children about money, other than just ALLOWING them money (allowance).  So the other part of our mission is to teach children the tasks of living on their own one day.  And for this, we will pay them a commission, so that when pay day comes around, they can learn what to do every time they earn money: give, save, spend. So as a grandparent of a fisherkid, please know that your grandchildren are being taught to give, save, and spend.  Gifts at appropriate times are wonderful, meaningful, and sincere. But giving your grandchildren everything their heart desires will make the efforts of teaching them financial management skills an exercise in futility. It takes a village.  I do believe that.  I don't know anyone who can do it all by him/herself.  So thank you for your help.  Thank you for your support.  And thank you for loving our babies and being an extended part of our family.


{a grandparent's guide to kids these days}

We believe in the family, both immediate and extended.  We believe that as parents and grandparents, we are the ultimate teachers.  It is very easy for families to become disconnected for one reason or another.  Whether nearby or far away, though, there are many ways for you to connect with your grandkids.  We will update from time to time, but if there is anything you would like us to cover, please don't hesitate to call or email us!

"If I fish for you, you eat for a day.  If I teach you to fish, you eat for a lifetime."


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