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When I found the intriguing email from Seniors For Living (SeniorsForLiving.com), announcing they'd released another interesting-sounding resource, this time for grandparents, I had to read it. It took me awhile to get to it because of the PILES of paper waiting in front of me. But, oh, the wait was well worth it! Grandparents and Intergenerational Activities Resource Guide by Michelle Seitzer is definitely GRAND.
Now granted, I'm a bit prejudiced because I'M in it! 🙂
"Self-proclaimed Granny Nanny Kaye Swain is the genius behind SandwichINK. Browse her tips for Having Fun with Grandchildren."
This granny nanny DEFINITELY appreciates that sweet comment. BUT if you took that out, it's STILL a great resource. From the cute grandparents' quotes to the vital statistics – like how many heads of household will be GRANDPARENTS raising grandkids by 2015 (the number is staggering!). There are tips for the names your grandkids can call you. And no, mine don't call me granny nanny. I'm just plain and sweet GRANDMA to all of them, and love it. 🙂 There's fun links to grand ideas for activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, including those great Wii games for grand kids and the seniors who love them.
Did you know there are even camps for grandparents and their grandkids! Grandpa's as well as grandma's – which is good, since there's a LOT of grandFATHERS doing the granny nanny (pappy nanny?) work in their families. I was just talking to a friend who is retired and having the best time with his brand new grandson, playing with him, babysitting him, and carting him all around his mini-farm. He is joy-fully enthralled and making the most of his moments with that little one as he babysits three times a week!
There are also terrific resources for those who want to be grandparents but aren't – and how they can find grandchildren in their communities who need grandparents and get connected through volunteering. We never did that formally, but some of my kids best friends growing up were sweet elderly neighbors who turned into dear "grandparents" near-by – wonderfully supplementing the sweet love they also got from grandparents far away.
And, of course, since this is Seniors For Living – experts in the matters of caring for the elderly parents and relatives at home or in a care facility, they have some excellent links and tips for caring for and dealing with elderly grandparents who have developed dementia symptoms.
All in all, it's definitely another great resource from Seniors For Living, and I so appreciate being included in this. Definitely a special treat for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny and fun to share with y'all on Pink Saturday! 🙂
P.S. Want to know about another fun resource, full of great activities and ideas for grandparents and grandchildren. Check out Sharon Lovejoy's book, Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks. It's great. 🙂