Saw a fun post this morning from my buddy Susan Adcox over on About.com – seems grandparents are taking over Facebook. While the number of college and high school kids on Facebook has been dropping this year – by 15-20% in the first six months of 2009 alone – the number of grownups, ages 55 and up, has soared. There were a million grandparents on Facebook last year. Now it’s 6 million. Um, you don’t think there’s a connection, do you?
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Sally Wendkos Olds’ book, “Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids,” is a total charmer. It features 75 awesome activities for grandparents and kids, from treasure hunts and gingerbread architecture to high tech fun, all divided by age, from 0 to 18. It’s a compilation of fun-filled wisdom and practical tips from Olds and 60 grandmothers from the United States, Germany, New Zealand, India and other countries, who all adore spending time with their grandkids. Two thumbs up! And all you have to do to win this is click “comments” and share your favorite grandparent memory. We’ll draw a winner’s name next Monday.
(Congrats, by the way, to Jennifer who won last week’s Queen Lullabye CD!)
We’re trying to decide if this is just bored reporters messing with our heads, or if there really is a battle brewing between grandmas. First came the news that Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, was moving into the White House to help take care of the presidential daughters (that’s her arriving with the family on Air Force One in the photo). Then a lashback in the form of a New York Times piece on glamorous grandmothers who have no interest in Candyland or Peek-a-boo and no intention of babysitting. They’re done, they say, with child rearing.
Then a lashback to that lashback: a Boston Globe piece that said ultra-competitive grannies are duking it out for most favored grandmother status. It sounded like classic 20th century family stuff to us, until we got to the spending part. “Oh, Grandma of yore, you sweet little old lady, where have you gone?” the article says. “To the mall, it seems, to score just the right toy to outshine the other grandmother. Or online, to book an untoppable grandparent-grandchild trip to Disney.” It’s baby boomer competitiveness, the coordinator of the National Grandparents Day council says. Or maybe it’s the Obama factor. (Robinson, by the way, is so busy with State Dinners and events, the Obamas often have to hire babysitters anyway.)
We loved the piece by Mommy Track’d’s Meredith O’Brien’s, who says, “It’s no easy feat being a grandmother today, what with all the negative depictions and scolding articles telling you how you should behave. They’re saddled with hideous nicknames like ‘glam-mas.’ … The media have begun peddling ‘nana wars’ stories – apparently that’s what comes after the ‘mommy wars,’ after the kids have grown.” And where are all the glam-pas? Your thoughts?
We’d been curious about Sally Wendkos Olds’ new book “Super Granny: Great Stuff to do with Your Grandkids,” which landed on our desk a couple of weeks ago. The book looked like big fun, with its descriptions of 75 cool activities, from starting a family blog to elevator rides, Grandma Camp, Segway tours and more. They all sounded great, but we lacked the grandparent perspective. But Susan Adcox, About.com’s guide to grandparenting, says, no, that first impression was absolutely correct. The book’s great. “Yes, there is a chapter on knitting,” she says, “but there is also one on skiing, one on using email and another on taking your grandchild to a demonstration, and I don’t mean a cooking demonstration!” She also liked the stories provided by real-life grandmothers that preceded each section. Read the rest of Susan’s review here. (And then check out the rest of Susan’s site for other grandparenting inspiration!)
The “grandboomer” generation loves being grandparents but some of them are chafing at the name that traditionally goes with the role. “Grandma,” says Bay Area author Adair Lara, conjures up images of “dentures in a glass.” In this morning’s Times and Trib, we talked with Lara and other folks about being 21st century grandparents. Very fun discussion — and now we’re eager to hear your take on Grandma 2.0. And here, to start you off, are comments from a couple of readers:
Wow! Your article sure hit the nail on the head. My wife and I did not want to be grandma and grandpa and conspired to come up with alternate names. Then the little guy was born and my wife, Fran , decided she could care less what he called her. Gulp, I started to sweat. Well, he couldn’t pronounce grandma and kept getting stuck, but eventually it morphed into Gagee (long a and e, sort of like Foggy.)
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We’ve been reading Adair Lara’s new “Granny Diaries: An Opinionated How-To-Guide,” a wildly irreverent, often hilarious look at how to grandparent, from choosing a suitable name to dispensing advice without getting a Dr. Sears book flung in your face. Lara says she spent the entire nine months of her daughter’s pregnancy “trying to avoid Grandma, a word that lay in wait for me like a pair of dentures in a glass.” So here’s the question for you – what are the grandparents in your family called and why? Punch a button on the poll or — better yet — click “comments” and dish.