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penny
I'm a writer and editor with two grown children and four grands.
Interests: parenting, yoga, bicycling, novels about India, memoir writing
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When you're blessed with grandchildren as well as step-grandchildren, it [ays to keep the gift-giving equal. Continue reading
thanks so much for stopping by--and for your kind comments. I just went over to your site and enjoyed it, especially your photo of the week and the running advice.
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Annie Lamott waxes wise about letting go of the parental reins and letting our grown children find their own way to thrive. Continue reading
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A branch of economic theory tells us that spending our hard-earned money--or potential retirement savings--on our grown kids has a whopping pay off: It makes us feel good. Continue reading
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Another way of letting go: Hanya Yanagihara's parents set her free from expectations of filial duty. Continue reading
thanks Oui. I take it you've been thru this with your Grands.
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When teens visit, night-time cellphone rules are there for good reason. Continue reading
we have done the same thing as you--helped when it was needed and only when it was needed. Talking the issue over with our kids has helped keep a sense of balance. thanks for stopping by and sharing your approach.
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If we favor one child over another financially--even because one is needy and one is not--sibling rivalry can rear its ugly head and upset a family's balance. Continue reading
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When we find their old journals and letters, do we have the right to read them? Continue reading
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Is there a price to pay if we decide we have enough money to live happily and pay our bills? Is there a bigger price if we don't? Continue reading
Sue: I am so sorry to hear about the pain you are in. If you haven't looked at it, Sheri McGregor's book is worth leafing through--If for no other reason than that you might feel less alone in your grief and your sense of exclusion. She has been through it all. It might help.
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We are the generation that helps their adult children, even when they're grown and have children of their own. Continue reading
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Millennials ought to be moving out and about the country just like we did, but pocketbook issues may be keeping them closer to home. Continue reading
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A reminder on the impact our casual criticisms or critical suggestions have on our grown children--and not in a good way. Continue reading
vacations at the beach or in the mountains. hiking, biking, swimming with the Grands. aren't we lucky to be able to do it--and to have them excited about joining us. thanks for your comment on my Notes to Self. Whenever I break one of them, i kick myself. I should know better!
Hi Christie As you can probably tell from the anecdotes about our family trips, we like cities and history--not what most people enjoy doing with their grandkids, so I am probably not the best person to pass on any advice. But whatever you do, you'll all be together and that will make it special. Happy birthday celebrations in advance.
Thank you Lisa. I always enjoy dropping by your Grandma's Briefs site (such a clever name) and the Grand social link. So many interesting posts.
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The return on a spending investment may be as high or higher than an investment account that saves for the future. Continue reading
a couple i met on a recent group tour i took said about the same thing you're saying--only their child had given them a lot of grief for years over drugs and petty crime. Nine years ago, when he stopped talking to them and moved away, it was painful but today they say, life is better without him.
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If we've offended a grown child, an "I'm sorry" delivered correctly can go a long way toward repairing the relationship. Continue reading
you are exactly right. we who don't need this book must count ourselves lucky--but be glad it's there for those who do.
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The mother of an estranged son suggests ways to move beyond the pain, devastation and feelings of shame. Continue reading
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Parental opinion carries weight--even for growndaughters who are famous TV stars--and moms themselves. Continue reading
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We text our grown children photos of us in Morocco. Their responses keep us connected despite the distance. Continue reading