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Grandparents who become caregivers for their grands are taking on a big challenge--lots of physical and mental work, and a wonderful payoff, potentially. This episode is packed with observations and insights from experts, grandparents, and moms. SHOW NOTES Fern Schumer Chapman is the co-author of Happy Harper Thursdays. Rolanda T. Pyle is the autho…
 
What are we to do when we are blocked from having a relationship with our grands by their parents--our own children? Emily explores this hard topic with a social researcher and author, an estranged grandparent who helps others manage, and a Millennial dad who shut down his relationship with his mother for the good of his family. RESOURCES Alienated…
 
What hobbies have you embraced that your grandchildren will remember, or perhaps adopted themselves? Emily presents a mash-up of recollections from her Season 3 guests who remember the hobbies of their own grandparents, Plus, a bonus interview with a super-fun grandma from Georgia and her wild-and-crazy grandkid camp. Listener advisory: there are f…
 
So many of our grandchildren have an overpowering connection to their handheld computing and gaming devices. They steal focus from the time we spend together, but it's the "new normal" in many households. How can a grandparent accept the reality without encouraging the intrusion? Emily talks with three guests who bring their personal and profession…
 
Every family handles, and teaches about, money differently. In this episode, Emily talks with three people about earning, spending, and saving, and how they grandparent (and parent) around the topic of money. SHOW NOTES Tim Sheehan's service Greenlight lets your grands manage cash using a plastic card instead of currency. If they have one, you can …
 
Dealing with the Pandemic has triggered some hard questions for Emily that are bigger than grandparenting. Older people have a tougher time recovering from COVID-19 infection, making our futures a bit more uncertain. Emily is asking: are we living lives well-lived? And what can change at this late hour? She interviews a filmmaker, a researcher, and…
 
As we prepare to restart a regular schedule of episodes in Season 3, here's a bonus episode with an example the new diversity of voices we will bring in. This interview with a millennial parent was to have been the start of a whole new podcast, but we decided instead to include voices like hers in TGL and make it more diverse, rather than spin off …
 
The better we understand ourselves, the better we can relate to our children—and the better our relationships with our grandchildren. Emily talks with author and counselor Beth Booram about the Enneagram, a great tool for self-knowledge, and the challenges of transitioning from parent to grand. We also hear from Caitlin, a young mom who is working …
 
During this Covid-19 pandemic, grandparenting continues to evolve. Who knows? We might even be called upon to teach our grands when school resumes. Grandparenting is constantly evolving from three generations ago when we, as grandparents, were grandchildren. Where we live, where our grands live, who travels, how often--the expectations are not the …
 
What words do you want your grands to remember you by? Emily's guests from Season Two share some wise and practical sayings their grandparents passed down to them. In The Stretch It Takes, she considers the weight of words and the power of actions--and see her essay reproduced below. We wrap with a production meeting on what’s coming in Season Thre…
 
As lifespans increase and money gets tight, today's grandparents are caught in a "club sandwich"--layers of caregiving that go one generation back and two forwards. If you take care of your parents, your children, and you grands, then you're part of The Club Sandwich Generation. Emily and her guests talk about challenges and anxieties, impact on th…
 
When your grands are out of reach, whether by distance or quarantine, the ache can be a deep one. Emily explores the frustrations over this kind of separation, and she uncovers many helpful ideas to close that distance between you and your long-distance grands. SHOW NOTES Dr. Kerry Byrne researches the fields of aging, care, and connection. Her ide…
 
Grandchildren with disabilities bring about differences in relationships, family dynamics, and grandparenting. Emily talks with two grandmothers, a doctor, and an author about the differences and similarities we share with our grands with specific medical needs and physical challenges. SHOW NOTES Thanks to commercial artist Kimberly Renee for our c…
 
Emily talks with a couple who have loved a family as surrogate grandparents, filling a void and finding joy in the role they chose. And she interviews the author of "Tiny, Perfect Things," about what a grandfather and his granddaughter see while walking slowly and looking carefully. SHOW NOTES Author M.H. Clark "Tiny, Perfect Things" for sale onlin…
 
Sometimes the gift-giving season can be overwhelming when shopping for grandchildren. Listen as Emily talks to an out-of-town grandmother who has to weigh the pros and cons of shipping items or ordering online, and then learn something from a store owner about supporting local businesses throughout the holiday season. SHOW NOTES Interviews: --Grand…
 
Hear Emily's guests from Season 1 describe the traditions handed down from their grandparents, now put in the hands of their grandchildren. Emily's essay is about a family game that's been running for 80 years, and we preview Season 2 of The Grand Life. --Interviews: Grand Traditions --The Stretch It Takes: Jenkins Says --A Preview of Season Two wi…
 
Creating time and space to be one-on-one with a grandchild pays great relationship rewards. Hear how several grandparents approach special vacations and activities. Also: --The Stretch It Takes: Time Alone With Nana. --Passing Along Your Passions: Scuba Diving. --Arts for Grands: Getting To Know You The Stretch It Takes: Time Alone With Nana (essay…
 
A panel of grandparents talks openly (and anonymously) about the hard things in grandparenting. While Emily still thinks it's the best thing ever, sometimes grandparenting gets hard--and leads to touchy conversations with your adult children. Feeding, discipline, car seats, travel--it's a wide-ranging panel discussion. Clearly, we are all doing our…
 
What's it like to grandparent alone? Emily talks with Mark and Dan, two grandfathers who both lost their wives at about the same time--and are on the two sides of the same young family, both now grandparenting solo. Also: --The Stretch It Takes: Dwelling in Beulah Land --Passing Along Your Passion: A Craft-y Grandma --Arts for Grands: A Benediction…
 
A grandparent-sponsored Cousin Camp is a way to experience your grandchildren for longer periods, to give the parents a break (and, to be honest, to enjoy them without Mom or Dad hovering). Emily talks with two grandmothers who have taken the plunge. Also: --The Stretch It Takes: You Kind Of Look Like Me --Passing On Your Passions: Camps for Disabl…
 
When it comes to grandparents on social media, the adult children have a few requests to make. Emily and her husband Mike dive into some funny stories and earnest pleas shared by some grandkids' parents, who need for us to sharpen our online social sensibilities. Also: --The Stretch It Takes: Put Down Your Hand Tools --Passing Along Our Passions: E…
 
Our memories of our own grandparents prove it: those relationships are enduring, for better or worse. Emily (and her husband Mike) present a mash-up of grandparent memories from the guests in the first five episodes of the podcast, and a sweet story about Emily's own Grandpa. Also: --The Stretch It Takes: Memories Bigger Than a Tree --Recommended b…
 
Most grandparents would love the privilege of being present at the birth of a grandchild. Few get the chance, but Emily talks with several who have, and with a doctor and a midwife who have stories to tell and advice to offer. Also: The Stretch it Takes: "Repeat After Me" Passing Along Your Passions: My Very Humble Friend Books for Grands: . Hello,…
 
Emily looks at the loss of a grandchild with her friend Peg, who grandparented through such a loss, and with Miki Mathioudakis, chaplain for a women's hospital. Also: --The Stretch It Takes: Losing Lucy (by miscarriage; she would have been Emily's granddaughter) --Passing On Your Passion: Little Angel Gowns, Deborah Peebles --Great Works for Grands…
 
Do you remember the first time you became a grandparent, or are you looking forward to the moment? Listen in as Emily Morgan hears from two new members of the club. This episode's theme is knitting, a metaphor for how we come close as parents, and then step away into our new role when that first grandchild arrives. Also: --The Stretch It Takes: Kni…
 
The better we understand ourselves, the better we can relate to our children...and the better our relationships with our grandchildren. Emily talks with author and counselor Beth Booram about the Enneagram, a great tool for self-knowledge, and the challenges of transitioning from parent to grand. Also: The Stretch It Takes: Begin At The Beginning P…
 
Grandparenting has evolved from three generations ago when we, as grandparents, were grandchildren. Where we live, where our grands live, who travels, how often--the expectations are not the same. What is the one factor that had changed grandparenting the most? Explore this with Emily Morgan and her friend Mickey, whose pipe-smoking grannny makes f…
 
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