Grandmas and grandpas...opportunity knocks! Ideas during COVID

They say you have never loved so unconditionally as when that first grandchild arrives. Your capacity for forgiveness increases, you let go of your critical and judgmental side and you laugh joyously and frequently.

And now???? Now you have an opportunity to spend more quality time with your “grands” as they are called. You may have to learn how to be part of a group going live on Instagram. I barged in on my granddaughter and her friends one day when I figured it out. Oops…not the right time. She just looked at the screen and when someone asked, “What’s the matter?” her mouth dropped, and she just said, “It’s my grandmother.” Everyone immediately disappeared. Ha ha ha ha…….!

So while we are isolated let’s take advantage of an opportunity to spend more time playing with, talking with, singing with, messaging, facetiming. Let’s use the technology that’s available to us. Set up a schedule, or a show and tell, or a teaching session. Let’s present some options for every age.

Take some photos to share and don’t forget to look at the post downstream about killing two birds with one stone. I am using just initials and no names. That is your choice. Please do not use identifying names, phone numbers, emails, or locations.

Ready…..set……go gramps…….this was the first time he got to take a walk in the forest with his new grandson. Biggest smile I have ever seen on that loving face,

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Good afternoon grandparents, I hope you have a chance this holiday weekend to have a chat, maybe a zoom or facetime with your grandchildren. Even those who cannot yet talk have ways of communicating a lot with smiles and gentle touches. This is Amelia, also known as Millie. I just love, love, love her.

Be happy and content this weekend.

Celebrate our veteran caretakers for supporting our country. We appreciate their dedication.
Chris

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@fiesty76

Saw an article about veggie scrap gardening and started one with celery, spring & vidalia onions and carrots. Celery is 3" tall; new green shoots on onions…then found these links to share with my grands and others: https://thegardeningcook.com/growing-onion-bottoms/
https://thegardeningcook.com/re-growing-carrot-greens-scraps/
https://thegardeningcook.com/cut-and-come-again-vegetables/
https://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Celery-from-a-Stalk
Granted I'm easily entertained but really having fun with my newest hobby! Any other takers besides my two grands?????

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@fiesty76 What a great idea for me in apartment to do Wonder if you can do this with beets also.

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@artscaping

Good afternoon grandparents, I hope you have a chance this holiday weekend to have a chat, maybe a zoom or facetime with your grandchildren. Even those who cannot yet talk have ways of communicating a lot with smiles and gentle touches. This is Amelia, also known as Millie. I just love, love, love her.

Be happy and content this weekend.

Celebrate our veteran caretakers for supporting our country. We appreciate their dedication.
Chris

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@artscaping. What a cutie! I have only video chat with my one and only grandchild. He is a ham, when he knows his parents are filming him, he would say "cheese"! He's going to be 2 next month and they're toilet training him. Apparently nowadays there's a "weekend method". I am going to visit my daughter for a week come Saturday, both she and her husband and myself have been self quarantine for 3 months so we think it's pretty safe. After I come back, I'll try to get an audience with my grandson Caleb. He's growing up too fast, knows all the letters of the alphabet and numbers too. I'm missing all that and sometimes I'm sad. But I'm grateful we are all well. Here's to all the grandparents who don't get to hug their grandchildren.

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@mayofeb Glad you,LL get to see your daughter I haven't seen anyone yet but heard on phone calls miss them all .Grandson is 12 now no time for grandma now. Son told me he is busy creating programs on computer .Think he is going to be into computers doing something .Kids are so smart now

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@fiesty76 What a great idea for me in apartment to do Wonder if you can do this with beets also.

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Hi, @lioness, So far success! Read something about it working for root veggies so bet beets might work too! Also started a sweet potato vine in water just to see what will happen…so far the little knobs are lengthening

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@artscaping

Good afternoon grandparents, I hope you have a chance this holiday weekend to have a chat, maybe a zoom or facetime with your grandchildren. Even those who cannot yet talk have ways of communicating a lot with smiles and gentle touches. This is Amelia, also known as Millie. I just love, love, love her.

Be happy and content this weekend.

Celebrate our veteran caretakers for supporting our country. We appreciate their dedication.
Chris

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Oh, artscaping, How perfectly adorable is this little fetching Miss Millie!

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@fiesty76

Hi, @lioness, So far success! Read something about it working for root veggies so bet beets might work too! Also started a sweet potato vine in water just to see what will happen…so far the little knobs are lengthening

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@fiesty76 Good I had Romaine lettuce so started it in waster as well as onion and carrot . Do you start them all in water till you see some roots coming then transplant? This is so exciting to me the little things like this also excite my lol. Hope your having a good day . Glad to hear Fred,s girls are coming that will make him feel better and you also . Keep us posted about everyone. Take care

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@lioness, Yes, I started all in water and then a few green onions in potting soil to see if there was any difference. I change the water daily. My carrot top got mushy on the bottom so tossed it but the celery continues to add leaves and both onion "trys" have lengthening stems. I put mine in a sunny place … don't know if they, like humans need Vit D but most veggies do well in sunny landscapes. Have fun…something to look forward to each day.

Yes, it is wonderful that the daughters are here for Fred. They insisted on staying at a motel. My friend went home yesterday and the hospice grp came to turn her and hurt her….hadn't realized she was as frail and injured as she is. The daughter has already been confrontational with Fred which was terribly upsetting for my friend. The last thing she needs is strife; the pain meds sent home aren't working so Hospice is changing those. What needs to happen is that daughter be made to leave; nurses be hired round the clock and Fred and friend be surrounded by peace, cooperation, help, and comfort. I feel so helpless not being there with them but I cannot make the daughter leave or hire the pros needed to care for her. Thank you for your good will and thoughts. We can be more merciful for our pets than for those we dearly love; that I can hardly bear.

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@fiesty76

@lioness, Yes, I started all in water and then a few green onions in potting soil to see if there was any difference. I change the water daily. My carrot top got mushy on the bottom so tossed it but the celery continues to add leaves and both onion "trys" have lengthening stems. I put mine in a sunny place … don't know if they, like humans need Vit D but most veggies do well in sunny landscapes. Have fun…something to look forward to each day.

Yes, it is wonderful that the daughters are here for Fred. They insisted on staying at a motel. My friend went home yesterday and the hospice grp came to turn her and hurt her….hadn't realized she was as frail and injured as she is. The daughter has already been confrontational with Fred which was terribly upsetting for my friend. The last thing she needs is strife; the pain meds sent home aren't working so Hospice is changing those. What needs to happen is that daughter be made to leave; nurses be hired round the clock and Fred and friend be surrounded by peace, cooperation, help, and comfort. I feel so helpless not being there with them but I cannot make the daughter leave or hire the pros needed to care for her. Thank you for your good will and thoughts. We can be more merciful for our pets than for those we dearly love; that I can hardly bear.

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@fiesty76 Yes this is true . My next door neighbor had hospice care which I was on duty for they take good care of there patient . It is true the daughter needs to hire them she will need 24 hr care . This will relief her also

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Just reread this now have gotten some ideas so will get out my albums I have been sending him some crazy cards but will put photos in also any ideas for Halloween He won't be going out this year first year I won't be there giving out candy either so any ideas will be appreciated

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@feisty76, @colleenyoung, And good afternoon from chapter two of entertaining and supporting the grandkids development. In this photo, also part of the chipmunk saga, we see the gender roles being acted out with harmony. He, at three and she, at eleven, come together on the front porch to feed Javier, our best-trained chipmunk.

Notice that she leans in to see his sample peanut…..after all she is the chipmunk expert. He is showing her the peanut he has selected for Javier. She approves and he will now hold it out and call Javier. Sorry I didn't video that transaction. Just imagine…..at this age, these young ones can teach us so much about collaborating that comes naturally and shows human respect.

May you be content and at ease.
Chris

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I think that picture is wonderful! The children are adorable and the landscaping (?) is simply gorgeous! Love the brick work! My family (father, grandfather, uncle, husband, sons — all bricklayers to say nothing of brothers, brother-in-law, nephews–all bricklayers who are teachers of bricklaying and tile and I don't know what else. I didn't realize how excited I got over that subject. My sister and I when we were really young maybe seven and eight, took hoes and stirred mortar for our dad. It was really hard but we wanted to do it. We tried lifting blocks but couldn't even pick them up. So, the girls didn't become bricklayers, just wives of them. The boys took up the trade. I don't think my grandchildren have done it yet. My one grandson finishes cement. They are all perfectionist. I am so proud of my porch. My son laid the block foundation. It's perfect. He has two daughters who are in school. I don't know what they will be. My granddaughter is a social worker. She has two little boys whom I miss with all my heart. I miss all of my grands and great grands. I don't see them on the social media or whatever it's called. Oh how I miss them.

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Good afternoon grandparents, I hope you have a chance this holiday weekend to have a chat, maybe a zoom or facetime with your grandchildren. Even those who cannot yet talk have ways of communicating a lot with smiles and gentle touches. This is Amelia, also known as Millie. I just love, love, love her.

Be happy and content this weekend.

Celebrate our veteran caretakers for supporting our country. We appreciate their dedication.
Chris

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Oh, she's so adorable. I'd love to see that little one and love her. She looks a lot like mine when they were babies. I just love babies–that's my thing. They just blab to me. My daughter got upset when her baby started smiling and cooing and talking to me. I was saying: "tell grandma all about it". She did. Just talked and talked. My daughter got upset and said: Mom, how come she talks to you like that and not to me". Well, babies know when you are crazy about them and you talk to them and smile. Babies love it. Just lie that little doll baby is talking to her grandma! I loved babysitting my great grandson when he was born and until he was two and one/half. I just fell in love with him. I can't explain it but I fell completely in love with my grandbabies! I love them so much! Some of them are adults. My one grandson wrote me a message saying: I have loved you since I was born and you give the greatest hugs.

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@becsbuddy I was fortunate this Sunday my niece had a zoom party to celebrate her babies 3rd birthday and my grandson was there on zoom so did get to see a fleeting minute of him being 12 now . It was nice to see him but I do miss those baby years with him

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Aren't our grandbabies just the most adorable, loving little precious angels when they are just babies! I fell totally in love with my grandbabies. They are no longer babies now and I miss having them as little ones. I LOVE BABIES!

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@artscaping

Good afternoon grandparents, I hope you have a chance this holiday weekend to have a chat, maybe a zoom or facetime with your grandchildren. Even those who cannot yet talk have ways of communicating a lot with smiles and gentle touches. This is Amelia, also known as Millie. I just love, love, love her.

Be happy and content this weekend.

Celebrate our veteran caretakers for supporting our country. We appreciate their dedication.
Chris

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Greetings again to all of the Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Are you already thinking about the holidays and remembering all the good times you have had with your grandchildren. They grow so fast. Unfortunately, this will not be the year to meet in person. We have spent a couple of weeks exploring options for physical contact and no matter how much we want to make arrangements, we just don't feel safe. Our two youngest live in Austin, Texas and we have decided that with the current rise in the COVID 19 spread, we will not want to risk infecting any of our family members. Our older ones have boyfriends now so it isn't easy to get their attention.

Do you have any ideas for how to have Thanksgiving and Christmas with little ones (1 and 3)…….on a Zoom call. Would you like to share them with all of us? We need an activity that keeps their attention for more than 90 seconds.

Thanks……
Chris

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Greetings again to all of the Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Are you already thinking about the holidays and remembering all the good times you have had with your grandchildren. They grow so fast. Unfortunately, this will not be the year to meet in person. We have spent a couple of weeks exploring options for physical contact and no matter how much we want to make arrangements, we just don't feel safe. Our two youngest live in Austin, Texas and we have decided that with the current rise in the COVID 19 spread, we will not want to risk infecting any of our family members. Our older ones have boyfriends now so it isn't easy to get their attention.

Do you have any ideas for how to have Thanksgiving and Christmas with little ones (1 and 3)…….on a Zoom call. Would you like to share them with all of us? We need an activity that keeps their attention for more than 90 seconds.

Thanks……
Chris

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Hi Chris – We have been distance communicating with our littles for 6 months every winter, and found a few tricks.

– We had success with a book on Zoom last winter – we each had a copy and we read to them, complete with sound effects.
– We have used a puppet to talk to them, practiced making silly faces together, and danced to kid music.
– One day we gave them a tour of our yard, another we just watched them play in the yard while we talked to Mom & Dad.
– Another day, Mom & Dad called us while they played in the ball pit in their playroom and let us watch them in action while the adults chatted. A kid jumped in to visit every few minutes.

Sometimes it works, sometimes not, we just roll with it. Sometimes we text ahead for them to have their favorite toy or recent project ready to show us. Sometimes Mom calls with just one on her lap and in a mellow mood for a little one-on-one visit.

If you are looking for a gift idea, we give our littles a subscription to Kiwi Company boxes (kiwico.com) – for 3 yo it is a Koala Crate and comes monthly, each has a theme & 4-5 age appropriate projects to do at home. For the 1 yo it is a Panda Crate and comes every 2 months. It spreads the joy, gives parent a tool on rainy days. We give a 6 month subscription to each for birthday and Christmas, and just a token wrapped gift like a puzzle or truck. This year they will get play cooking utensils and dishes, and a simple homemade "stove" as pretend cooking entertains them both for hours.

We found the best time to be right after breakfast on a "boring day" – they are too crazy on the holidays or special days to settle down. We have just learned to adjust our expectations to their development level.
Sue

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