Grandparenting Support For Caring For Grandchildren

It’s becoming more and more commonplace. I hear of grandparents giving up their vacations, me time, and not to mention those (golden years), as some people call it and refers to retirement…all for their grandkids. It’s very sad thinking about how many parents neglect their own children. Or even more staggering; the population of women who get pregnant that are too sick , too young, or not financially fit to properly care for a child.

So yes, more and more grandmothers and grandfathers are stepping up to the plate and taking over for the sake of their grandchildren. Are you among those grandparents? If so, indeed your life has changed tremendously, and in some cases; not for the better. Your health will play a big role on your new responsibilities, as well as your bank account.

So what can you do as a grandparent to make life easier? Below are 4 of the most important things you will want to take into consideration.


Health – The first thing you need to think about is taking good care of yourself. Simple scenario, if you don’t take care of yourself, how will you take care of your grandbabies? Practice good healthy habits. Eat right, get plenty of exercise and try and turn in early at night so you get the rest you need for the following day.

Support – Join a support group so you can share your concerns with others that relate to the same issues as you. This in itself can be a great help when it comes to your spiritual and mental self. A support group can often give you various perspectives on the many issues that surround your new day to day life and parental responsibilities. Also, if you have a loving and supporting spouse that is going to participate in caring and disciplining, that will most definitely be a big plus.

Parenting Class – You may not think this would be required, especially if you’ve raised more than one child. Trust me, a refresher parenting course may be just what you need. Things have changed a great deal in the past 20 to 30 years. When we were expecting our first (and only so far), I attended a class with my daughter-in-law, it was quite the enlightening experience. I could not believe just how very much I learned in that one afternoon.

Religion – God should certainly be the center of our lives, in everything we do. If you believe in God, prayer and fellowship with others in your community will be a tremendous help. Remember, God takes care of those who help themselves. Many think that phrase is in the Bible, however, it is not. It’s a famous quote from Greek mythology. Pray to Your God and teach your grandbabies to pray.

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Above are just 4 things (the most important IMHO) to think about if you decide to take over parenting your grandchildren. It certainly won’t be easy. Take into account the tips above and also take life day by day and don’t worry about tomorrow. Worry only yieilds stress. 😉

Article By Tammy Embrich

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Crafts With Grandparents

I thought the following(request for contribution) was a lovely post about family and a fun craft idea. Thank you Olivia. 🙂

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With all of the technology around, it may be hard for some grandparents to get their grandchildren to put down the laptop or game controller and convince the children to spend more time with them. Here are two crafts you can do with your own grandchildren that will engage them and perhaps pave the way towards a closer relationship with them.


The Story of Mom/Dad

By creating a book of what their parent’s life was like growing up, they’ll not only learn something, but will feel closer to your and their parent. What you’ll need is a scrapbook, decorative paper, scissors, glue or tape, family photos through the years, and markers or pens. You can get any of these supplies at your local craft store. Bring your grandchild with you so they can help pick out the scrapbook and paper.

Go through old pictures of your son or daughter and share stories about what your grandchild’s father or mother was like. Start from when he or she was a baby and work your way up to the present. Each page in the scrap book can contain either one picture or a bunch of pictures cut out with a part of the story written out. Decide who will cut pictures, who will write the story and who will glue everything down. If you don’t have a picture for a particular story you’d like to share, ask your grandchild to draw what he or she think happened and include it in the book.

When it’s finished, it can be something your grandchild and you can treasure together or it can be used as a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift or as a birthday present. Be sure to include your grandchild’s name and yours on the title page.

Where Do I Come From?

Another craft you can do with your grandchild that is educational and entertaining is centered around sharing your nationality. Whether you come from one country or several, it’s important for children to know where they come from. And who’s better suited to teach them than you? For this craft you’ll need poster board or a large map of the world, pictures from photo albums or magazines that depict your culture, scissors, glue or tape, a frame big enough to display your board or map, and something to hang it on.

What you are going to make together is a wall decoration that will display the pride of your family’s heritage. First, discuss with your grandchild what countries you come from. Talk about what makes each country unique and what it has to do with your family. Then ask if he or she has any ideas on where to get pictures showing these aspects. You can use family photos, images from magazines or pictures you find online.

Once you have all your pictures ready, cut them out and place them on your board. If you are using a map, try to place the pictures near the country they belong to. If there isn’t enough room, spread them out and draw arrows or lines going from the pictures to the country. If you’re using poster board, create any design you want.

When you have everything where you want it, use glue or tape to attach all your pictures. This is something your grandchild can do on his or her own. Once everything is glued down, wait for it to dry, then place it in the frame and hang it up where everyone will see. Be sure to sign your names at the bottom so everyone will know who created such a wonderful piece.
These two ideas can go a long way to bridging the gap between grandparent and grandchild. Give them a try and see how well you bond together. Have fun!

Olivia Nicholas is a writer, blogger and mom. She manages her home business of Plug In Candles and in her spare time loves to read, write and travel.

Suggestions For Disciplining Your Child

Disciplining your child is one of the hardest parts of being a parent. Sometimes it can be hard to decide what’s right and wrong with your child and that makes discipline even more difficult.

Most times you know when they’ve made the wrong decision, but you may not know what is right when it comes to disciplining your child. There are several things you can do, but how do you know if the discipline is enough for them to remember it if they decide to do that again? That question is one that doesn’t have a right or wrong answer to so the best thing you can do is decide for yourself.

Of course, you can ground your child from the TV, the X-box, or from having a friend stay the night, but is that enough? Then you have to decide how long the grounding will last. Should it be two weeks, a month, or more? That’s also a hard decision to make.

One way to decide is to try something and increase or change it if they decide to do it again. While that can be frustrating it may be the way to go. You’ll need to remember what the discipline is for that action so you know what’s next if it’s not enough. Writing it down in a notebook may be a good idea.

Another option is to talk to a friend or family member you can trust and run things by one another. This person may have been in your situation and may know what worked for them and you could give it a try. Now this won’t work if you have to make a quick decision or if your friend or family member is not available, but it may work if you have time to make a decision. You also need to communicate with your spouse when it comes to disciplining your child.

Disciplining your child can be difficult whether you do this on a regular basis or if it happens on a rare occasion. It’s still something you need to be prepared to do and you need to know what your decision will be each time.

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

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Helping Your Child With Homework – A Few Helpful Tips

As a child, how many times did you need help with your homework? Of course it was enough according to your parents, but how much is too much when it comes to helping your child with homework?

That’s a question you must ask yourself. You also need to consider the reasons for the questions. Is it possible the reason is because they aren’t paying attention in class or could it be because they truly don’t understand the homework? You need to consider this before helping your child with homework.

The best way to make this decision is to communicate with your child. Ask them why they need your help. Ask them if they were paying attention in class or if they were occupied with something or someone else. Once you have the answer you’ll know if helping them is the way to go.

When you decide to help your child, you need to know what your limits are with the homework. Giving them the answer is not the way, because they won’t learn how to find it themselves. Instead, you need to come up with the answer yourself and help them and guide them to the answer. You need to make them get it on their own through your guidance and explanations.

The other thing you need to do is show them the internet is not the way to go. So many times a question can be searched through Google and the answer can easily be found. This means they’ll come up with the answer, but they won’t have a clue how to come up with it on their own.

Most children don’t agree with homework and they struggle to do it because they don’t see the need for it in the future. When they don’t understand it, things are even worse yet. Helping your child with homework is good, only if you do it the right way.

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

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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.

Tips On Starting High School

Tips On Starting High School
By Aurelia Williams, author of Helping Your Teen with High School

Teenagers all over the world will take the leap from child to young adult this fall. They will be entering High School for the first time. This milestone brings a variety of feelings and emotions. They are beginning four of the most difficult, yet most memorable years of their life. If you think you are anxious and scared, try being your teen.

Here are a few Parenting Teenager tips on how to make the best of this stressful and confusing time in your teenager’s life (there are plenty more tips in my high school guide for parents).

Be Open and Understanding

Realize that your teen is going to be stressed and irritable for the first few weeks of their freshman year. There are many things that can contribute to your teen’s moodiness or withdrawn state. They are experiencing numerous changes in their life; all at the same time. Just like when you are pushed to your max with stress, your teen may experience headaches, stomachaches, or sleepiness. They need time and space to figure it all out in their own mind. Be patient and give them the time they need to sort things out for themselves.

Be Available and Reassuring

They may be young adults with a need to start making more decisions on their own and taking on more responsibility, but that doesn’t mean that they are full blown adults with minds that can handle all the stress and pressure of taking on those tasks. Reassure them that you are there when they need you and also how to “back off” when necessary so they can figure things out for themselves.

Your teenager is just that, a teen. You need to let them know that you trust them to make their own decisions. Let them know that you are always there should they get stuck and need a helping hand from someone they trust. Show them in ways other than saying things such as, “I’m here if you want to talk.” It’s not always easy for a teenager to start up a serious conversation, especially with Mom or Dad. There are times when you need to get creative. Depending on your teen that may mean writing a letter or taking them shopping and talking about what’s going on in their life while driving.

Be Supportive and Loving

Your teenager is no longer the ‘big dog’, but instead a ‘newbie’. Teenagers need to know that Mom and/or Dad support their decisions. They may have a difficult time fitting in; therefore, the need to try new things is necessary and helps them to figure out who they are. As long as the activity is not detrimental to them or anyone else, let them try a new sport, club, or other extracurricular hobby.

Support them in their decision, even if you know in the long run they will not participate next year. Give them the opportunity to find out for themselves if they enjoy certain activities. Remind them that family is something that will always be there. They are moving away from you as a parent but not disconnecting with the family completely and that’s ok.

Set Routines and Limits

Yes, they may be growing up, but they aren’t adults yet. Even teenagers need routines and limits. It will help to make the transition to high school easier on both of you if make limits together before the first week of school. Sit down and tell your child what your expectations are and really listen to their expectations of you as well. Settle on certain guidelines and routines that make both of you happy with the end result. This not only puts your mind at ease, but will also show your teen that you acknowledge that they are capable of making sound decisions and taking other’s considerations into
account.

Parenting Teenagers can be a trying time and high school can seem overwhelming for them. Share in the good times and be there to lean on for the bad. Before you know it, you’ll be catching that cap and tassel at your teen’s graduation.

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A Sticker Chart Can Help Modify Your Child’s Behavior

Are you at your wits end with cycle after cycle of bad behavior with your child? Do you raise your voice more than you’d like to?

It is true that children know exactly what buttons to push when it comes to discipline. They know when and how to test your allowances. YOU…The parent, should be in full charge. Not the other way around. A colorful sticker chart proudly displayed on your refrigerator can be of some significant assistance.
A behavior modification plan (if used properly) can successfully break through the cycles of undesirable or bad behavior. This can also be an effective learning tool to assist them in progressing to a new level of social development. Children love stickers. They make them feel special.

Present this behavior modification plan to your child with enthusiasm. Talk about it in a positive way. Let them know that you want them to learn and maintain good behavior habits and this is a really fun way of doing it. Take them shopping with you to pick out the stickers. Have your spouse join in on the excitement.

It is advised to give the plan four to six weeks to be effective. This should give your child a clear understanding of YOUR expectations for his or her behavior. These charts can also be used to assist with daily chores and homework.

Sticker charts assisted me in disciplining my own son. It worked like a charm. You can use various colors of construction paper to make these charts. I used the color blue. That is my son’s favorite color. I used a black magic marker to outline the charts. But, use your imagination…you can make them up however you wish. You can also use poster paper.

At the top of the chart, write your child’s name. Then list the desirable behaviors that he or she need to learn. For example: honesty, cooperation, responsibility, kindness.

Making a chart up for each month is ideal. Draw lines separating the listed behaviors. Place the date on the left side of the chart…drawing lines for each day of the month. This way, you will have a square to display a sticker for good behavior for that particular day. Make sure you have bright, colorful stickers on hand at all times. They can include, smiley faces, stars, hearts…anything that you think will capture your child’s attention or anything they might like.

For each day your child earns your approval on a particular behavior, place a sticker on the chart for that day. Be generous when just beginning the plan to motivate and encourage. Then adjust the amount of rewards accordingly. Help your child understand the value behind these behavior changes…(to feel better about themselves, not just to please you.)

Here are some helpful tips:

1) Be consistent with the plan. If your child feels that you have lost interest in the charts…he or she will most likely lose interest as well.

2) Go the extra mile and really show your admiration, appreciation, and approval when they display desirable behavior.

3) Take stickers with you wherever you go. You can also reward your child with them when you’re away from home. Children love to wear them on their clothes.

4) These charts are beneficial for teachers as well as parents

5) When your child completes a whole week (or month) earning stickers consequetively everyday, give them a special treat. Go out for pizza, go to the show, or let them invite a friend to stay over for the weekend.

6) (Important)…Never, ever forget to use plenty of smiles, hugs, kisses, and praise along with the rewards. Hugs and kisses go a long way. It is important to let your children know they are loved and special.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more grandparenting and parenting articles, tips, and personal experiences, as well as photos and recipes at Grandparenting Tips and More.

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6 Practical Parenting Tips For Single Moms

By Tammy Embrich

All too often a lot of single moms feel that they have to be “super mom” and not expect or ask for any help. If you are among the super moms, you run a great risk of parenting burn out. We are all human and we all fall short of “doing it all” at some point. Hey, it’s tough enough raising kids as a 2-parent family. That goes double for single parents, especially single moms raising 2 or more children.

So, it is OK to ask for help or support when you’re trying to raise 2 or more kids? It’s not only OK, it is suggested. Remember as a single mom, you have to work hard to bring home the bacon without depending on any child support, whether you are receiving it or not. You never know when that money will run out.

You also have to raise your kids to be compassionate and responsible adults. That’s not an easy task in today’s world. For single moms it is quite the challenge. You are responsible for your child’s schooling, the clothes they wear, the food they eat, and also the air they breathe. Let’s face it, anyway you look at it, that’s a tall order for any single mom raising 2 or more kids.

For the moms out there that don’t think they are “super mom” and are not reluctant at seeking advice, there are a lot of practical things you can do for support in general, financially or otherwise.

Let’s take a look at 6 of those things

* Take good care of yourself – There is so much more to this than one might think. Pay attention to your body and mind. You have to first take care of yourself in order to take care of your kids. Exercise daily. Eat right and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Get plenty of sleep. Watch your stress levels and try to avoid it at all costs. Smile, try it! It helps relieve stress.

* Join parenting network support groups – These can be in the form of online message boards, support websites, online chat groups, offline support group centers, and your church community.

* Start a parenting journal – This will strictly be for you as a parent and should be kept private. Writing in a journal can be quite therapeutic for some people. You can write about specific goals about parenting, anger management, and even special goals for yourself.

* Consider a roommate – Save a considerable amount of money on living expenses and have companionship at the same time. You will also have someone to swap babysit dates with. Your roommate will watch all the kids for one day, and then you take your turn at it. Beautiful concept if you are all for having a roommate. Some people like living alone and is a preference.

* Always show your love – Of course it’s crucial to your child that they know you love them. But there are special ways of showing your love. Give plenty of hugs, kids love them! Write a special message on a piece of paper and hide it in their school bag or lunch box. Show positive praise. Positive comments and encouragement goes a long way with your child’s self esteem and confidence.

* Discipline – Most often discipline is the most sought after advice for single moms. One important thing I have learned personally is controlling anger. If your child sees you angry while trying to discipline them, this gives them leverage to push your buttons even further. If you don’t get a handle on controlling your anger, you are sunk before you even begin.

“Stick to your guns” is also a famous motto you should always practice. If you tell your child one thing and then back out on it, what good is discipline in the first place?

Use your gut instincts with parenting and stay true to what you believe is the right thing for your children.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more grandparenting and parenting articles, tips, and personal experiences, as well as photos and recipes at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place

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My Experience With Attention Deficit Disorder as a Parent

This was my personal experience with my son, and a stroll down parenting memory lane. The name in the article has been changed to protect his identity.

It was like I was sitting back and watching a horror movie…my son having to the best of my recollection, the third temper tantrum of the day.

A colossal of thoughts rapidly flashing through my mind, I mean “What have I done so abhorrently wrong as a parent?” It was at that moment that I ultimately came to the resolution to have Tyler checked out by a doctor. My husband agreed and supported the decision.

Each time my sister-in-law so subtly converged me about what she suspected, I depreciated the thought, I didn’t want to acknowledge that attention deficit disorder may be the justification to it all. “Had I been in denial, or what?!”

From infancy, Tyler had been bustling with agitation. He was consistently active from the time he got up in the morning to the time he went to bed. I treasured the late evenings, nights were true serenity to me. And I admit this with sheer remorse, guilty as charged. Tyler slept well at night, and he had always been a good night baby. However, it was during the day that things became difficult, consequently with mom feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and exhausted.

From a mother’s perspective, more importantly, my perspective, admitting this is a profound deformity. Our children should be a joy to be around, we should thoroughly enjoy our time with them.

Tyler was indeed properly diagnosed with the disorder in question. I guess you can say there was no more denial, not even an ounce of it, as the doctor that seen him was a specialist and recognized the signs from the moment we met. I trusted him, believed in him, followed his sound advice, and utilized some constructive counseling. With much relief, Tyler was finally a true gem to be around…after he was treated with medication.

Fast forward to 20 years later…

I ensured that Tyler took his medication rigorously from the time he failed kindergarten until a year before he graduated high school. Yes, he made it through school! Not with an A average, nonetheless, he graduated.
He’s doing fine now with an exciting career as a carpenter. After all these years, I’ve subsequently came to the conclusion that I had done something right. Today, the connection between myself and my son is beyond proficient, as well as our relationship.

Ironically, I had found out something rather interesting as a result from the counseling. I had discovered that I had (Adult ADD). Unfortunately, the disorder was inherited from my father’s side.

I realize that technology has evolved considerably , and ADD has become quite the controversial topic among other moms. Today, there are varied behavior modification alternatives to medication. Although, having said that, I don’t have any regrets with how I handled the situation.

As a mom, I did the best I could. However, over the years, my mother-in-law had not consistently shown compliance . Her slightly impertinent thoughts, and words, for that matter, “Ah bull, boys will be boys. The famous words coming from, I guess you could say an old fashioned mother-in-law. I love her very much. I only wish she could have shown just a little more support.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more grandparenting and parenting articles, tips, and personal experiences, as well as photos and recipes at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place

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And yes, the proud parents of our upcoming grandchild are already wondering if their child will have this disorder.