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When I Was A Kid – Grandma’s View

We didn’t have today’s endless diversions, but I was never bored. Kids cringe when grandparents start a sentence with “When I was your age...” And rightly so. What do we old duffers know that could possibly interest a child? Well, forgive me Steffi , Brad, Michael, Jason, Maddi, Kenzy and...

Grandma’s View: How Do Parents Today Do It?

Moms and Dads today have it much harder than my generation did. I’M IN AWE OF TODAY’S MOMS. And special kudos to today’s dads, too, because they don’t just bring home the bacon, as the husbands of my generation did. Today, for many men, family is their highest priority. Maybe I’m...

Grandma’s View: I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up

That infomercial became a favourite punchline, but I found out it’s not that funny! JUST TRY TO GET INSIDE A SMALL CHILD’S MIND. It’s often a mystery. For example, my four-year-old grandson’s thought processes are very direct but somehow his parents and I often put our own spin on his...

Grandma’s View: Who’s Responsible For a Three-Year-Old’s Potty Mouth?

I SWEAR! I CAN’T HELP IT. I regularly lecture my three grown kids about watching their language around their very young children. Children, I’m fond of saying, are like sponges. They pick up negative words, even when they have no idea what they’re saying. I feel strongly about adults showing...

Live Healthier And Longer By Changing Just A Few Basic, Daily Habits

Dr. William Meller, author of Evolution Rx, talked with ParentsCanada about how to live healthier and longer by changing just a few basic, daily habits. IF BETTER HEALTH IS THE GOAL, OUR DAILY HABITS ARE THE SUBTEXT. PC: You suggest very specific daily habits to improve our health and longevity. Do...

Bad Gramma! Is Gammy Shortchanging the Grandkids?

The popular perception is that grandparents empty their pockets to fill the toy boxes and closets of their grandchildren. Maybe that’s what some grandparents do. Not me. It’s not that I’m cheap, but if I am, that’s only part of the story. When the first grandchild was born (was it...

Grandma’s View: Say Thanks to Grandma

I HAVE A FEW LITTLE CONCEITS when it comes to wooing my grandchildren. I unashamedly admit that I want them to want to be with me. I want their faces to light up when they see me. I want them to occasionally phone – just to keep in touch...

Grandma’s View: So Whats in a Name?

I've noticed that it isn't women who fight the grandparent image. Its guys. Men in their forties and fifties have a hard time coming to terms with this new reality. They think it spells the start of old age how can they be a grandfather and still be...

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

It's not just teenagers who measure their looks against the women they see in the media. We all do - especially when we're preparing for a major social or business event and assessing our possibilities. That's when we tend to compare ourselves to those models of perfection on the...