My friends look at my pictures of my grandchildren with the proper amount of enthusiasm, but until they have walked in my shoes, there is no way they can understand how wonderful it is to be called "Nana."
When I used to think about autism, I pictured Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man. It made no sense to me that my grandchildren, who are so affectionate and connected with me, fit that model.
When a son or daughter is in a long-term relationship and the relationship is over, it is not unusual for parents (seniors) of the couple to experience a deep sense of loss for the "almost" son or daughter-in-law.
You cannot develop a relationship with your children and grandchildren (and they are all yours) without giving your blended family personal attention.
Since Bruce Feiler so graciously and artfully introduced our work at Emory on the health-giving power of family stories, Robyn Fivush and I have recei...
In 1965, Lesley Ann Warren co-starred with Stuart Damon in the made-for-television version of Cinderella. I was 9 and I was enthralled. It didn't matter that we didn't have a color television and I was watching the images in black and white. All that mattered was the magic of the story.
Right then, the computer started calculating. "What's happening?" I asked. "We're getting graded," she explained. "Right now?" My heart chugged in my throat as the seconds ticked by. I covered my eyes with my hands and peeked through my fingers at the little ball circling on the screen.
How do we try to be an important part of our grandchildren's lives and leave a lasting impression, when they are so busy coupled with long distance relationships? My grandchildren live in Arizona, Texas, Indiana, California and Chicago. I live six months in California and six months in Chicago. It's hard to be a grandmother of consequence!
The grainy, black-and-white photographs from 1946 fluttered to the floor, free from decades of bondage among hundreds of photos in my mother's leather albums. I picked up the images and stared at my parents and strained to imagine the young couple in love.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out that the chairman and CEO of the American Grandparents Association, famed rock music impresario Steve Leber, also is known as Poppie to his seven grandchildren.
Grandparents can explain their concerns for their grandchildren. If they -- like me -- are old enough to have had measles or remember past epidemics, they can recall a person in their community who died or was impaired by this seemingly innocuous disease.
During menopausal years, many women who have never had a weight problem find themselves gaining weight. In my experience, these women have not been eating well for years.
And then the age of the Internet dawned and spawned new, yet less personal forms of keeping in touch. Now, we communicate with greater frequency than I had actually anticipated. And for this I am so grateful. But I want and need some quality time.
Do you want to do something easy and fun that will make you weightless? Do you want to feel the breeze in your hair as you float through the air while laughing out loud? Go swing. You can do it alone or with a group of people of all ages. And, it's legal!