As friends of mine become first-time grandmothers, I like to give them a gift to mark this cherished milestone in their lives. I’ve given darling frames to two women and a small book with a humorous, light-hearted look at grandparenting to a third. But now I’ve come across another great choice: Grandmothering:Real Life in Real Families by Becky Sarah, a manual that combines common sense advice and interviews with more than 80 women.
For her newly-released book, Becky drew upon her professional experience as a former teacher, midwife, childbirth and parent educator, as well as Public Health Director for the city of Chelsea, Massachusetts. I am happy to welcome Becky Sarah as today’s guest writer. Continue reading
Do you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day? This special day is meant to celebrate the important bonds between grandparents and grandchildren.
You can mark this day in whichever way suits your family best. Grandparents might give and/or receive presents. You might gather for a festive meal or make cards for each other. Be as creative as you like in how you celebrate, but I recommend that you let the usual suspects know that this special day is soon approaching. Continue reading
My Father ~ Max. M. Michelson
Bruce Feiler, NYT family columnist and the best-selling author of The Secrets of Happy Families, advises us to tell our story:
The most important thing you can do may be the easiest of all. Tell your children the story of their family. Children who know more about their parents, grandparents, and other relatives – both their ups and their downs – have higher self-esteem and greater confidence to confront their own challenges. Researchers have found that knowing more about family history is the single biggest predictor of a child’s emotional well-being.
In that vein, I am expanding upon an earlier post that I wrote about my father:
This past February marked 40 years since my father passed away. At the time of his death, he was a father of three and a grandfather of six. I wish he knew that all these years later, his children and grandchildren (two of whom are grandparents, themselves) would hold vivid and treasured memories of him close to their hearts. Through his words and actions, he set a standard that we tried to emulate in key areas of our lives. Probably that was his hope; he made all the small moments with each of us count. Continue reading
My Father ~ Max M. Michelson
This past February marked 40 years since my father passed away. At the time of his death, he was a grandfather of six. I wish he knew that all these years later, his grandchildren (2 of whom are grandparents, themselves) would hold vivid and treasured memories of him close to their hearts. Through his words and actions, he set a standard that they’ve tried to emulate in key areas of their lives. Probably that was his hope; he made all the small moments with each of them count. Continue reading