Half a Dozen Important Things I’ve Learned As A New Grandma





Grandparenting duties are a blessing to me. I know there is a little handsome and smart boy who needs my help with raising, disciplining, and YES, loving him!! It’s an honor having the title of Grandparent. However, I’ve learned so very much from being one. I would love to share them with you all πŸ™‚


However, first I want to say that all Grandmothers deserve a medal of honor! πŸ˜‰ lol


Below are 6 things I’ve learned about being a Grandmother

1. Bite that tongue – I’ve been doing a lot of this! As I’m sure a large portion of Grandparents do this. It’s only nature that most Grandparents would like to continue with what they knew per se, 25 to 30 years in the past.

You will find out rather quickly that you want to blurt out various things to your grandchildren and your kids while enjoying and disciplining your Grands. And I’m not talking about bad things; I’m talking about all those old fashioned rules and ideas that us Grandmas still hold dear to our hearts! Times sure have changed! πŸ˜‰

2. Certain expectations fall by the wayside – You are in for many, many surprises being a Grandma. What you expect to happen doesn’t AND what you don’t expect DOES happen! lol And everything in between. Boy was I wrong with what I had in mind after my first grandbaby arrived. All children start to develop their little personalities in the womb. While some challenging behavior can be corrected once your grandchild is 1 1/2 years old to 2 years. However, remember that most of their personality is forming before they are born.

I also expected to be able to do my online work while watching my grandson full time. Didn’t happen! I even had the cradle that my Dad made for my son in my office. Didn’t happen! My little guy constantly wanted to be entertained. I ended up watching him for approximately 6 months and then Mom gave up her job and talked my son into letting her stay home full time. My Daughter-In-Law wanted to stay home with him from day one!

Just a warning, if you’re reading this article, and you are in the same boat I was in, be prepared.

3. It’s much easier to babysit your grandchildren at their homes – Wow this is for sure 100% true! Well, think about it; your grandkids have all their toys, bed, favorite foods etc at their home. To disrupt that, it may rock the boat somewhat when it comes to their behavior. They also sleep much better when at home. I have learned this many times over! Some kids just don’t sleep good when away from home. However, some do. Every child is different.

4. Patience is still a definite virtue – My mother was the most patient person I’ve ever known. She always spent time with me when I needed her. Practicing patience is something that should be on all parent’s wanna-be list. It should be your number one priority. Children didn’t come with convenient and simple instructions. Life is not that simple. As new parents; you will need to spend time with your kids and bond with them. Spend quality time with them and teach the same things that were taught to you…only give your kids a lot more indepth teachings along with long-suffering patience. Your children will appreciate and remember this!

Well, you know that all that holds true for grandmothers. When your Grands are screaming “Mamma and Dadda!” You need to be patient with them; as with any other behavior.

5. Never forget that your grandchildren ARE NOT actually your children – That may be challenging for some grandparents to read or hear. Well, in a way they are. However, us Grandparents don’t have the final say about various rules, discipline, religion, and so many other things. We need to sit back and let Mom and Dad do their own thing. Although whatever the situation; some grandparents create their own recipes for disaster and step in too far. I DON’T want to be that type of Grandma! My kids are quite intelligent adults, and our grandkids will be nothing short of smart, compassionate and responsible adults.

6. Being Grandma isn’t always easy – Grandma, you’re in for a wild ride with your new role! You will get your feelings hurt more times that you can count. This is especially true when they get to the age where they know that Mom and Dad is indeed their Mom and Dad. And they know it when they leave. Grandma, are you able to calm your little one and soothe the hurt? Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. This is what I’ve learned myself. I sure wish I had a dollar everytime I’ve heard, (through real crocodile tears) “Where Mamma and Dadda at??” πŸ™

When I first became a grandmother, I daydreamed about my little guy sleeping peacefully in his crib that we have in our home. Well, that sure didn’t happen. Maybe a couple of times. However, most of the time, he ended up sleeping with both Amma and Pappa. Don’t you just love the “Amma?” =) lol

Another thing that I was looking forward to was taking my grandson to various places…out to eat, or to the grocery store. Guess what!? That has yet to happen. Us Grandparents have NOT taken him anywhere by ourselves yet.

Through all the crying and sleepless nights, I’m proud to say that becoming Grandma is still the best experience I’ve had throughout my life. πŸ™‚

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Venturing Abroad with your Grandchildren – Guest Post





If you consider yourself a globe trotter whose adventures aren’t diminished by age, consider adding a new element to your trip the next time you head out on a trek – your grandchildren. By traveling with your grandchildren, you can reap the benefits of ample bonding time and allow them to get to know you better, as traveling fosters relationship development. If you elect to brave this adventure, put some thought into your travel planning to ensure that all goes off as well as possible.

Talk About the Trip

The prospect of heading off on any trip is often exciting to children. The idea of venturing abroad with grandma is likely even more thrilling than the norm. Put some effort into preparing your grandchildren for what they will encounter by talking to them about the trip well in advance of departure. Show them pictures of the land they will visit and tell them stories about times you may have visited in the past. If they will encounter a culture decidedly different from the one to which they are accustomed, explain how the way of life is different so they are better prepared to acclimate themselves to the culturally distinctive practices of people who live in that country.

Organize Insurance

As a responsible grandmother, you know the importance of covering all the bases. While you certainly hope that neither you nor your grandchildren will fall ill while traveling, you should prepare for this possibility to be on the safe side. As you plan your trip, research and purchase medical insurance that will cover you and your grandchildren abroad. Buy a policy tailored to youngsters for your grandchildren and a travel medical insurance policy for seniors to ensure you’re properly covered. To further prepare for any medical issues you may encounter, ask your child to compose a letter permitting you to make healthcare decisions for your grandchildren while on this trip, and have this document notorized. This will ensure that, should something happen, you can make potentially important decisions without delay.

Prepare an Itinerary

Planning is essential to ensuring that your grandma/grandchildren trip goes off without a hitch. Instead of allowing the wind to take you where it will, decide upon a set itinerary for your travel well in advance of your departure. Leave copies of this itinerary with your son or daughter so he or she can keep track of where you will be taking his or her child as you travel around a foreign country. If you deviate substantially from the itinerary, let someone know to ensure that no one panics unnecessarily should you not arrive at a planned destination as listed on your pre-trip travel plan.

Be a Strict Hand-Holder

From traversing the walkways of busy airports to navigating the city streets of whatever foreign metropolis you decide to visit, there will be ample occasion during your travel for you to lose track of your grandchildren. The easiest way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is for you to be insistent that your grandchildren hold your hand constantly. Any time you are not safely in a hotel room or buckled, as a group, into a plane or train seat, require that these rambunctious and easily distracted youngsters hold tight to your hand, eliminating the possibility that they get distracted and wander off.

Be Ready for Homesickness

Regardless of how close a relationship you have with your grandchildren, there will almost certainly come a time in your trip overseas where they long for home. Don’t allow this to catch you off guard. Instead, be prepared. Pack a little toy that you can give to your homesick travel companion when he mentions his desire to get back home. This small kind gesture will likely make a major difference for your grandchild, as it will give him something positive upon which to focus the energy he was previously dedicating to missing mom and dad.

With some planning and preparation, as well as precautions while you are traveling, you can turn your next vacation into a relationship-building escape with your grandchildren. By stepping up to the plate and taking on this challenge, you will have the chance to create a closer relationship than might previously have seemed possible with these oh-so-important-to-you tots.

Danielle always thought that travel medical insurance for seniors wasn’t important until her grandmother got into a life-threatening car crash while in Germany. She survived, thanks to the immediate care she received at the hospital while overseas, and has since returned with her grandchildren nine times.

Basic Guide For Positive Connection With Your Child And Grandchild?



How well do we know our kids and grandkids? That’s a powerful question in itself. You may be quick to answer and respond with “real well.” But do you really know them? What are their inner most fears? Their interests? What type of friends do they have or prefer? Can you identify and connect with their best personality traits? And most importantly, what are their specific needs from you as a parent, and as a grandparent?



Sometimes we just get too busy with our jobs, household duties, and life in general (unintentionally of course), that we don’t spend the time we should with our kids. And consequently, we sometimes, as parents and grandparentsΒ fail to pick up on primary things or situations that may need addressing. Staying connected withΒ them as we should often times gets tossed aside.



We are all human and from time to time, we all fall short of giving our children the full attention they deserve and need. Perhaps the concept of prioritizing our time is often the solution. Your little ones should be your number one priority, or at least should strive to be. If you find prioritizing your time and consistently staying connected with your kids challenging at times, I have some basic tips for you that may be helpful.



Below are 5 prioritizing and connection tips that will benefitΒ you, yourΒ  children and grandchildren





* Read to them and ask questions – Read their favorite books to them, and then ask them questions. Such as; What did you like about the book? Ask them simple yes and no questions about the book. Ask them what other books they might be interested in and encourage them reading to you as well. This teaches them reading and comprehension skills as well as getting to know them better.



* Meet with their teacher on a regular basis – You may want to keep this private (just between you and their teacher). Make sure and schedule regular parent-teacher conferences to stay abreast on how they are progressing in their studies and if there are any conflicts that need your attention. These meetings are crucial for your child’s learning capabilities.



* Schedule a block of time with your child – If you have more than one child, then schedule time with each one. Use this time to do something special with them, like going for lunch or to the park. Have a talk session. Topics can be school, friends, conflicts, or let them just talk to you, if they choose to. Also talk about future goals and interests. Offer to help with school projects and homework. Showing your child how special they are to you and how much they are loved is crucial.



* Plan a family project – This could be a family tree, recipe book, photo album, or other family crafting project. These projects don’t have to be expensive. Make these projects as fun as possible. A family blog may also be an interesting project. The idea is to get them involved in family oriented projects that will encourage bonding and connecting.



* Family meal time – This time should be more than sharing a family meal together. Take this time to just talk to one another. Talk about the day, about weekend plans, the night’s activities, and so forth. Allow each child or family member talk about anything they choose. By doing this, you are staying connected with your children’s lives and also with anything you feel should be discussed. Above all, keep the conversation upbeat and fun for all.



Maybe we don’t know our kids and grandkidsΒ the way we think we do. Spend quality time with them. Take the time to genuinely focus on them.



Article Written By Tammy Embrich


Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more parenting and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandparenting Articles and Tips.


Tammy also offers work at home articles, free job leads, work at home tips, and more at Work At Home Jobs.


My 10 Little Joys Of Grandparenting

He knows the look (and I mean well), that gets him tied around Grandma’s finger! Honestly! πŸ˜‰

Anywho, isn’t this little dude precious…I mean, have you ever seen a more adorable child in your life? Oh, wait! He’s MY grandchild, I must be
prejudiced or something?? Yeah, that must be it! πŸ˜‰ Please give me the right to brag here!!! LOL TY πŸ™‚

I thought I’d post a few joys I’ve experienced of being a grandmother…

Now the first thing that may come to your minds is being able to give your grandchildren back at the end of the day?? Let me tell ya, that sometimes rings true for me, and I feel slightly guilty as charged as I’m saying this. lol

The truth is…my little guy is a handful and he keeps me running. However, we always have fun when he’s at the house. πŸ™‚

K, Onto my joys…

* The sound of laughter in the house when my grandson is here

* Just a simple smile from my grandson

* A hug from my grandson, YES! He gives big hugs now! lol

* The sound of his voice, laughs and cries when I’m on the phone with my son or daughter-in-law. That always brings a smile to MY face πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

* Those times when he needs ME to just hold and rock him

* The peekaboo game. I get him giggling so hard, and that gets Grandma laughing. And Grandma laughs so hard sometimes, she cries. lol

* Simply knowing that Grandma (and Grandpa) helps to parent and mold our little guy into the responsible, passionate soul (we know) he will be when he’s grown.

* Getting new pictures every 3 months or so πŸ™‚

* Showing off thos pics

* Bragging on this blog! LOL πŸ™‚

Instructions On Being A Fun Grandma

I worry about that word “fun” A LOT, am I doing it right? lol πŸ˜‰

Why do I worry about this?? Well, my grandchild gets bored very easy! I mean VERY easy. :/ He’s inquisitive, too intelligent for us grandparents, (I guess that’s how they come these days), and he takes pride in letting us know that he’s in charge. LOL! So, keeping our little guy occupied is quite challenging.

The toys we have here at Grandma’s house are yesterday’s news, that is most of the time. He’d much rather play with a box, an old magazine, a tag on a piece of clothing, or Grandma’s already folded laundry. I guess we need to update and get some new toys. πŸ˜‰ LOL

He giggles to himself as he takes my folded laundry and tosses it back into the basket, piece by piece. I just mumble to myself, “You little s***.” And you know what he does with that comment? He laughs, and not quietly! He hasn’t mastered that comment, (or I should say word) yet, but it won’t be long. πŸ˜‰

Instructions on being a fun grandma? I do have a few…

There really isn’t those specific instructions in a book per se, at least I haven’t found them yet. lol However below I’ve included a few tips. Perhaps you other Grandmothers out there share the same with your grandchildren. And IF you have additional tips, PLEASE send them my way!! πŸ™‚

* Dance around and act silly – I do a lot of this lately. This would be something that my grandchild would watch on video and snicker at when he gets older. Did I say “snicker?” Hmm, I meant ROTFLMAO!!

* Play the pick up game – This is where he tests me. He plays the pick up game mostly while in his high chair eating a snack or lunch. See, I have to bribe him with a ton of toys on the tray just so he don’t freak out when I put him in the chair. So, what does he do with these toys Grandma bribes him with? You guessed it, he drops those yesterday’s news toys on the floor and fusses (just a little, not loud fussing) to see if I’ll pick them up. Of course Grandma hesitantly picks the toys up after specifically telling him “I’m NOT picking those up!” As long as I play the pick up game with him, he’s having fun, and of course I’m being a fun grandma, maybe not a smart one, however a fun one. LOL

* Play Peek-a-boo – All babies love peek-a-boo! I have lots of fun with this one, as I get him giggling loud. I use cloth diapers that I place over my head and face. And he just loves it. πŸ™‚ These are the same diapers I used for spit up rags.

* Sing Christmas songs – Who would have thunk it? Singing Christmas songs is being a “fun” grandma. Especially Jingle Bells. You know the lyrics…”Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, or the fields we go, laughing all the way.” (And I HAVE to LOL hard after that last line) This gets him smiling and laughing. When I start out with that first line;” Dashing through the snow,” he knows what’s coming and he grins real big. Again, FUN Grandma! lol

* Getting down on the floor – All kids love it when you get on the floor with them. And guess what?? Dada has taught my grandchild to hit and to pull hair. So, being the fun Grandmother that I am gets down on the floor and lets him hit me and pull my hair. What us Grandmothers won’t do for our grandchildren?! * snicker..snicker *

These 5 activities I guess is being a “fun” Grandmother, at least it’s working so far. But you know what? All kidding aside…I can’t wait until my little guy can say, “You are the best grandma ever!” πŸ™‚

Sacked Out With Grandpa and Grandma

Isn’t this pic adorable? That is my grandson and his mommy getting a little shut eye.

This post will be leading up to a controversial topic. As I go forward with it, you will realize what the popular topic/subject is, and why I’m posting about it. As controversial as it seems, it’s about bonding, growing up, and somewhat about letting go. πŸ˜‰

There’s nothing sweeter than snuggling up with your newborn baby and getting some rest yourself at the same time. It’s part of the bonding process as babies grow and learn.

However, there comes a time when parents, and grandparents as well may or may not draw the controversial line as children reach a certain age and their sleeping arrangements. Ahh, you may now begin to see what this post is leading up to.

Read On…

Here is the meat of the story…and a little later on, my personal opinion. I’ll give you the chance to add yours if you like.

Approximately two/three weeks ago, our grandbaby spent the better part of a weekend with us, while Mommy and Daddy went on a little getaway. All parents need those, now don’t they?!! LOL

I was so excited about the weekend and enjoyed our whole Saturday with him. We had the greatest time with play, laughter, and lots of fun. πŸ™‚ It really was a perfect day and we enjoyed having him.

We had kept him overnight once before and that was a good experience. He woke up once at 3AM and had part of a bottle and right back to sleep. πŸ™‚

However, this particular Saturday night didn’t go as smoothly! lol πŸ˜‰

Grandbaby was restless the whole night, maybe missing Mommy and Daddy, or just wanting to be in his own crib, not sure. Don’t you wish little babies could actually tell you why they are discontented??

The night actually started out good (for about an hour). Then he sort of half woke up, LOL, and was just really, really restless. Was crying and sort of not, all the while somewhat crawling and rolling in the crib.I could see his eyes were closed the whole time. Well, I was able to pat him back to a comforting sleep for about another hour.

The restlessness went on, off and on for about 4 hours. I had made up my mind to sleep in the spare room where his crib was, I just didn’t trust me sleeping in another room. πŸ˜‰ Well of course, Grandma was not getting any sleep herself, and was very tired from the previous day.

OK, Now baby was up at 1 AM, wide awake and was eagerly wanting out of the crib. Another diaper change, I thought that’s all it would take to get him back to sleep. Wrong! He was sitting up laughing and wanted to just play with his toys. Hmmm…Grandma tried her best to coax him back to sleep with a bottle and tried rocking him. He DID NOT want any part of it. LOL

Sooo, Grandma let him play for about 30 minutes, and he started getting tired. Then it took me forever to get him back to sleep. I’d say it was about 3 or 3:30 when he was finally back in his crib again. :/

20 minutes later, he was up again and this time standing up in the crib just watching me. He was sort of fussing but not too bad, about 30 minutes or so. So, I lay there with one eye open and one eye shut, watching him just hoping he’d end up going back to sleep. No such luck….and about that time Grandpa came in and asked “What’s wrong with my little buddy?”

Well that did it, he was laughing, wide awake, and was sooo happy to see Grandpa in the wee hours of the morning! Grandpa picked him up and said, “Let’s try something.” He started in our room and I knew what he had in mind. πŸ˜‰

By this time I was totally exhausted! LOL And was willing to try anything, and of course despite my reservations, he ended up between us. He did lay there for about 15 minutes or so and was keeping an eye on both of us and making little funny noises. I was mighty slap happy about that time, and was laughing myself. lol…

Grandpa rolled him over on his side and began patting his back gently and then off to sleep he was. Finally! I guess I got about 1 hour of sleep that night/morning! lol…He woke up at 5:30 and that’s about the time he normally gets up.

So, I rolled out of bed and we started our day with a bottle, a diaper change, and cartoons. πŸ™‚ I sure didn’t need to be rocked to sleep the following night!

Now…here is my question. What percentage of parents, and grandparents let’s their children sleep with them?

I know with my own son, to my recollection…he was always a good night baby and normally it was not an issue with him.

However, I do have an opinion. I don’t think it’s a bad idea for parents to let their children sleep with them…as long as it doesn’t become a habit. When it becomes a habit, then yes! It will be a big issue and a hard habit to break. πŸ˜‰

What is your opinion? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.

Thanx! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

It’s your first birthday…WOW!! How time flies. πŸ™‚

Seems like just a few months ago we were all still at the hospital waiting for your arrival!

You are 1 today and you have learned sooo much, and you are so very smart…OFF THE CHARTS smart. Way Too Smart For Me (sometimes) lol

Tons of Love, Hugs, and Kisses…Your Grandma

Grandma’s not proud is she??!

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!!

June 28th 2010

Grandmothers and Daughter-In-Laws – 5 Helpful Tips For A Healthy Relationship

By Tammy Embrich

I have a wonderful relationship with my daughter-in-law. We get along so well, especially regarding caring for my new grandson. πŸ™‚

Some people can’t admit to this, as it can be a sticky situation. Maybe there is jealousy going on? Or you have very different opinions about child discipline. And this is fine…various opinions are OK. As long as you abide by your son and daughter-in-law’s wishes, especially if you care for your grandbabies full or part time.

You can be a great Grandmother and still get along beautifully with your son’s wife. However, there are certain things you just simply need to stay out of. There is nothing worse than an interfering Mother-In-Law or Grandmother.

Do you have issues with this? Do you feel it’s hard to stay out of your son and Daughter-In-Law’s affairs? Below are some helpful tips.

1. Communication – Staying connected with your daughter-in-law is vital to your relationship. Lack of communication can most definitely break that connection. It is important to always talk about everything that is a concern for both parties.

2. Respect – Always respect and be considerate of each other’s opinions, feelings, and thoughts.

3. Don’t be an interfering Mother-In-Law – It’s always a bad idea to put your 2 cents worth in where it doesn’t belong. It’s best to stay out of your son’s business after he has married. You need to let them make their own decisions as well as mistakes. They need to grow and find their own way. However, if your opinion or advice is asked for, then by all means, give it.

4. Be happy for your son and daughter-in-law – Your child has found his perfect spouse. Be happy for them and make it a habit to always celebrate their love for each other. This is so very important for your children’s healthy relationships.

5. Don’t show favoritism between your in law and your own child – If you do, there will sure to be problems lurking. Treat them both the same, as these are YOUR kids. Their birthdays is a perfect example for this. Don’t celebrate more for one than the other. You have a wonderful family, enjoy them and always treat them equally.

Family is so very important. You should be extremely happy that your child has found someone that makes them happy and complete. Then when your grandchildren come along, you will have a much better relationship with all of them.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more parenting and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandparenting Articles and Tips

Tammy also offers work at home articles, free job leads, work at home tips, recipes, and more at Work At Home Jobs

Great Grandparents and Quotes…Miss You Mom!

Good Morning, πŸ™‚

I’ve been thinking about my Mom a lot lately. I sure wish she was alive to see our grandbaby! Although, I know she is here in spirit, as I feel her all around me.

On the days I care for our grandson, I often look at my Mom’s picture on our living room wall, and I have small conversations with her. I know she’s right there πŸ˜€

In The Arms Of The Angel…

My Father is not in good health and is in the first stages of alzheimer’s. He only met our grandchild once and I don’t think he remembers. πŸ™

I’m going to have to get my Dad here at my house more often!

Below is a pic of my Mom and Dad at St. Ann Assisted Living.

Some Awesome Quotes To Share…Enjoy!

Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent. ~Donald A. Norberg

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. ~Welsh Proverb

There’s nothing like having a grandchild to restore faith to heredity. ~Doug Larsen

Truth be told, there’s nothing better than being a grandparent. All our elders know this and it is evidenced by that twinkle in their eyes. Of course, they know more than they let onβ€”life’s secrets have come to them through time, experience, and patience. ~author unknown

Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories and Love. ~author unknown

You can read more of these quotes at: http://hubpages.com/hub/quotes-grandparents-day-grandparenting

Being a Grandparent is the best feeling there is.
~~Author Tammy Embrich πŸ™‚

Fine Motor Skills For 6 Month Old Babies – 4 Things You Can Do

My son walked when he was 9 months old, and he was ahead of everything concerning fine motor skills. Does this mean it will be the same with my grandson? I think my grandbaby is a whole lot like my son in so many ways. He has caught on to a lot of things really fast. For a nearly 6 month old baby, I’d say he’s already ahead of his game. Wow, I can’t believe he will soon be 6 months old! It literally seems like yesterday that he was born.

There are certain things you can do as a parent and grandparent to encourage motor skills. Things that can be done daily while watching your little ones grow. I know my son and daughter-in-law gave me “detailed instructions” when they left their baby boy in my hands. And I do try my best to follow them each day.

Below are 4 things you can do to encourage motor skills

1. – Place baby on floor on his back and gently bring his left foot and right hand (opposite of each other) together for 10 reps at a time. Then do the same with the other side. This helps with coordination.

2. – Tummy time is important for strengthening baby’s head, shoulders, and arms, and also fun to watch how he progresses day by day. Place baby on his tummy for 20 to 30 minutes each day. You can place one of his toys in front of him about 2 feet away to encourage crawling.

3. – Stand baby up on your lap or on the floor. This will strengthen his legs and feet. I know for my grandson, he gets extremely excited and bounces up and down when I do this. It’s a joy to watch him. This of course helps encourage the motor skills of walking.

4. – Sit baby in a cushiony boppy securely to encourage sitting on his own. It’s been a lot of fun watching my grandson while in this wonderful invention…the boppy. I have taken quite a few pictures while watching him sit and balance himself more and more each day.