best transition ever: grandparenting
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Best Transition Ever – Grandparenting

Transitioning into Grandparenting. Here We Go…

First, I want to acknowledge all the parents who have gone into the transition of grand parenting and are All In in raising the next generation. I pay tribute to You. Throughout my life I have lived expected and unexpected changes (just ask me about that). Cycles end and begin over and over.  I have
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Grandparenting:  Embrace the Wonder Of Grandparenting And Navigate The Challenges

Grandparents, join Natalie in learning the art of communicating with your adult children who are now parents. Your role as the grandparent is to follow their lead. What happens if you really have something to say and fear their reaction?  What is worth the risk to communicate even if you don’t get what you want? 
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Embracing the Wonder of Grandparenting and the Complications That Come With It

Every family is unique and has their own dynamics. We will discuss expectations for how to best serve your family. How do you approach a conversation with your adult children that you want to have with them and they want to have with you? Are they the boss and you follow or is there a
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Hello Grandparents

I was babysitting the twins. One is teething and the other is proudly climbing into everything, even the dishwasher, where she stood and said “Bravo”.  Now it is locked.  The little one couldn’t nap, and the other was sound asleep. I took her outside. It has been a long time since she wanted to cuddle
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Transitioning into Grandparent / Giving Gifts

I don’t know about you, but when I buy something for the grand babies, I have a hard time waiting to give it to them.  I have always been this way, so it isn’t because of being a grandmother. I tried to wait and give the gift below for Valentine’s Day, but, well you know
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Transitioning into Grandparent

A first-time grandmother shared with me “My life has been good enough. I work, have friends, adventures. Loving my grandchild is wonderful.  Watching my child be a parent is icing on the cake of life.” BUT… She shared that she is struggling with not being included for the fun but is for sure expected to
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Natalie Joins The NBC Today Show Segment – The New Golden Age of Grandparenting

Happy to Announce I have been included in a Segment on the Today Show (NBC) Wednesday, January 19 about Another Transition, THE NEW GOLDEN AGE OF GRANDPARENTING, 8:00am – 9:00am ________________________________________________________ Follow Up From Today Show about Grandparenting.  As you noticed, my piece, as well as others who contributed for this segment, were edited out. It happens
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Funny Names We Call Them

Out of nowhere, I said to my family that was over for dinner, “Sh moon FAMILY, PARTY OF FIVE, your dinner table is ready.”  Sh moon has become an ongoing funny name, whether I text my daughter, morning shmoon, or call out to her, shmoon… “I told them I can’t wait to make a real
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Going to Playgroup

When I was a younger mama, I started a play group in my home for our little ones. We then began a circle of mommy friendships and our little ones began theirs.  Today my daughter invites me to go to the park for music or sensory class.  They are Covid babies and rarely see little
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Story Time Ritual

Every year from birth until now, I would read a story to my daughter on Christmas Eve. We celebrate Christmas and Hanukah.  Going to the bookstore to choose a book, signing it, and then holding her as I read and later watching her climb into a big chair for story time until now adult hood
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Sleeping

Why is it we love watching babies/ children sleep?  It is peace and beauty.  I loved watching my daughter as a baby sleep. Sometimes I would crack her bedroom door open to peek for eyes open and if they weren’t, I would go close and whisper, Do you wanna wake up?  I wanna hold you? 
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This Little Light of Mine

Do you know that song?  I sing it to my grand babies and put their name in it of course.  “This little girl named Isla and I point to her; she’s going to let it shine. This little girl named Sloane.” They smile when I sing. They rock their bodies back and forth, then came
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Transitioning into Grandparent

Fortunately, I have a tribe of wise grandparents. From their stories and concerns, as well as mine, here are some suggestions: 1. If you are a worrier, you are a worrier. “Did they make it ok to their aunts house? Did her fever break? What works for me is to remind myself that if there
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Natalie Caine, M.A. natalie@lifeintransition.org