Posts in category "being a grandmother"

Becoming a Matriarch

I was helping one of my grandkids with her third grade spelling homework when she asked me how to use “matriarch” in a sentence. The old English teacher in me launched into a complicated explanation that ended with my telling her that my mother, her Bubbe, who died last month was the matriarch of her... Read more »

6 Bad Holiday Habits

You would think at my age (8 grandkids – you do the math) I would have this holiday thing nailed. After making 40+ Thanksgiving feasts and countless Hanukah/Christmas celebrations, what is there to stress over? Well, I have some nasty holiday habits that haunt me every year from mid-November through December: 1.  I worry about... Read more »

A Grandparents’ Day Reflection

Sunday is Grandparents’ Day. Now that I am a pro, with eight amazing grandkids I adore, it seems like the right time to reflect back on how it all began. So this post is for my younger sibs and sibs-in-law who are just becoming grandparents. It’s also for all of you newbie grandparents out there.... Read more »
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Grandparenting in a Box – Mother's Day Thoughts About Skype, FaceTime, and Virtual Connecting

My grandparents lived close by and were a regular presence is my life. But times have changed and kids and grandkids can be scattered all over the place. Luckily, we have our screens to connect us with those little ones we love so dearly. I have taken an unscientific survey of my friends with out-of-town... Read more »

Passover Preparation Makes Me Feel Like a Slave in Egypt

I’m not a particularly observant Jew, so I really have no right to complain about Passover, which begins Monday night, April 14, this year. After all, I don’t switch all of my dishes or buy a totally new pantry full of food or clean my house obsessively to remove all traces of chametz (leavened bread).... Read more »

Why I Hate the Newest New Math

I’ll confess I’m no math whiz. I dropped out of helping my kids with math homework before middle school. I attribute the fact that I need a calculator to do most anything math-related to being a product of “new math” when I attended high school. Tom Lehrer nailed it in his hilarious parody (worth a... Read more »
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Becoming a Grandmother Through Adoption - My Final Valentine to my Grandkids

I could probably write a book called What To Expect When You Become a Grandmother through Adoption, but for now I’ll stick to 4 main points: It is a tough, unpredictable process. Seeing your kids go through the stress, sadness, and pain when it doesn’t work out is hard. The happiness when it finally happens... Read more »

Birth Stories 5 & 6 - Valentines from a Grandmother to her Grandkids

This is the third of four valentine posts dedicated to the children of my children who made me a grandmother and brought me so much joy. Just as each of them is unique, how they came into my life is a unique story. Over the span of almost 11 years, my job description evolved from being the... Read more »

Birth Stories 3 & 4 - Valentines from a Grandmother to her Grandkids

This is the second of four valentine posts dedicated to the children of my children who made me a grandmother and brought me so much joy. Just as each of them is unique, how they came into my life is a unique story. Over the span of almost 11 years, my job description evolved from being the... Read more »
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8 Birth Stories - Valentines to the Children Who Made Me a Grandmother

I just went to Boston to meet my new grandson. He’s the 8th, and most likely the last, of my grandchildren. I feel so blessed to have them, as there is no purer love in the world. Just as each of them is unique, how they came into my life is a unique story. Over... Read more »