Holiday Tips and Blog Parties for the Sandwich Generation

by Kaye Swain

Simple makes Christmas holidays easier for the busy caregivers.jpgWooooooo! Can you believe Thanksgiving is already over. And Christmas is LESS than a month away! One of my grandkids even talked me into bringing the tree in from the garage last week – BEFORE Thanksgiving! This week, his twin and I will set it up. Next week, big bro will probably help me bring in ornaments and we’ll do a bit of decorating each time one comes over. That way they each get to have fun helping me this year. Then again, between moving and working, this may be a year we take it a bit easier. I have a ton of wood ornaments for all my grandkids to have fun decorating. After we brought in the tree, grandtwin two colored a couple of ornaments for me and hung them on the tree. Perhaps if each grandkids does that, we may just have a simpler tree full of sweet 2014 memories. Hmmmm….that sounds GRAND to me. :)

In the meantime, I did manage to do a TINY bit of bloggy decorating. I apologize for being a tad early for the Christmas decor but if I didn’t do it then, it might not have gotten done. (As an example, I started this 5 days ago and got interrupted and am just NOW getting back to it :) And I definitely wanted to be ready for Denise Brown’s annual Holiday Progressive Blog Party which begins Dec. 8. You can find her badge over on the right side of this page. Do be sure to pop in and visit her AND me AND many other fellow caregivers to receive AND give encouragement and sweet greetings. We’d love to see and hear from you. For that matter, be sure to check out all the very interesting articles from the 10 Tips for Caregivers series from the month of November, including 10 Grand Apps for Caregivers by moi! :)

And, speaking of my right columns, I’d also like to point out some other goodies for you. I’ve updated my Twitter boxes to make them even more useful for you. The top box of Tweets is primarily my tweets and resources at Twitter while underneath you’ll find items from some of my fave tweeters giving us a grand Sandwich Generation variety of tweets from eldercare tips to activity ideas for the grandkids to words of encouragement and more. Mine are updated daily (barring minor and major crises) and the general Sandwich Generation tweets are updated continually throughout the day – giving you a constant source of ideas, tips and encouragement whenever you have the time for a few precious minutes at the computer. :)

Twitter is one of my favorite tools, with tons of useful resources for the Sandwich Generation including the twice-a-month #ElderCareChat, cohosted by Denise and Michelle Seitzer of Seniors for Living. The last topic was especially grand for this time of year, Managing Holiday Stress. Click here to find a transcript of the chat, full of tips and ideas for helping caregivers and their carees during the fun, but sometimes stressful holiday season.

I don’t know about you, but I can always use extra resources and ideas for simplifying and destressing any caregiving day and especially lovely but busy holidays. Hopefully these tips and resources AND fun blog party will be a big help to all of us as we continue to enjoy the holiday season. Merry Christmas! :)

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Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Family Home and Life is a blog by a fellow boomer and grandparent and is a delight to visit

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. Thank you.