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How A Grandfather's Love, Acceptance And Faith Shaped This Gay Man's Life

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for Simple living. Simple faith. Simple love. These are the life lessons my grandfather taught me about judgment, ac...

7 Gifts You Should Never Give To Grandkids

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Lisa Carpenter | Posted 12.12.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM The Christmas my middle daughter was about 4 years old, she received the most adorable, soft-bodied baby doll. We cal...

These Kids' Drawings Of Their Grandparents Are Beyond Adorable

Posted 12.02.2013 | Fifty

As you get older, you may look in the mirror and start to notice new lines forming on your forehead or that some things are just headed south. We ...

Is Your Self-Worth Tied to Numbers?

Dianne Harman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

It seems there's a number attached to almost everything we do and we've become reliant on these numbers to tell us how we should feel about things. We may be a little older, and hopefully, a little wiser, but it doesn't mean that we still don't look outside ourselves for affirmation that what we're doing is okay.

The Quality That Will Serve Our Grandkids Well Their Whole Lives

Donne Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Donne Davis

Grandchildren can be brutally honest -- especially when they're young and simply making innocent observations about the people in their world.

A 6-Year-Old Launches Her Political Career

Jerry Lanson | Posted 12.14.2013 | Fifty
Jerry Lanson

As I was driving my granddaughter Devon home from first grade on Friday, the subject turned to politics. "Ada," she said, using the name she invented...

Sexual Abuse: Is Your Child or Grandchild at Risk?

David Kanegis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Awareness leads to prevention. Communication with family members strengthens bonds and supports integrated action to keep all family members both physically and mentally safe.

When Was the Last Time You Had an 'Oh Wow!' Moment?

Dianne Harman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

There are pluses and minuses to getting older. One of the big minuses is that we tend to compare everything to something that happened in the past and completely miss the "Oh wow!" moments.

3 Tips For Survival When Grandkids Speak The Truth

Janie Emaus | Posted 11.08.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

There is nothing like being a grandparent, except perhaps sharing this experience with your own mother. Yes, we have four generations in our family, something I wouldn't trade for a second. Our grandchildren are showered with love and affection and, in return, what do they do? They give us the truth!

Ethical Wills: Crafting the Legacy You'll Leave Behind

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.05.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Cronk

An Ethical Will conveys values rather than valuables, feelings rather than furniture, untold blessings rather than unpaid bills.

Two Heartbeats

Jessica Halepis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Jessica Halepis

I had no idea at the time, but while I was receiving confirmation of the life burgeoning inside of me, another heart, my grandmother's, had stopped.

My Mother's Spirit

Lisa Lori | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Lisa Lori

Today, I said goodbye to my 81-year-old mother. As we drove her home from lunch, she asked us where we were going when we turned onto her street, if there was a place for her to stay at her home and finally, she asked me nervously why she is confused most of the time.

The Creativity of Kids Needs But a Bit of Encouragement

Jerry Lanson | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty
Jerry Lanson

Our granddaughter Devon turned 6 yesterday. She celebrated with bacon and eggs in bed (which she first helped to prepare) and a visit to Boston's Museum of Science (her choice over the beach). This made sense because Devon has recently changed her career goal from acrobat to inventor.

The 7 Biggest Grandparenting Myths

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpgSPECIAL FROM | Barbara Graham | Posted 08.16.2013 | Fifty

Columnist Barbara Graham puts conventional wisdom to the test Grandparenting: Myths vs. Reality Before joining the grandparent club, I listened ...

Grandma Knows About Confinement: In the Wake of Losing Her Mobility, She Speaks out Against Animal Cruelty

Jasmin Singer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green
Jasmin Singer

Who are my tears for? Are they for these animals, brutally confined, heartlessly mutilated, never experiencing the tiniest kindness, solely for the fleeting "pleasure" of a chicken salad sandwich? Or are they for my grandma, also brutally confined -- by fate -- but loved so much by so many?

Memo to Anthony Weiner: The 'G' Word Is a Blessing, Not a Curse

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 10.08.2013 | Fifty
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As someone who does not vote in New York City, I have no dog in this fight. But as a grandparent, I have a big problem with this entire story line.

Are You Happiest At 69 And Gloomiest At 55?

Joan Gage | Posted 10.02.2013 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Yesterday in the local paper I read an essay by syndicated columnist Tom Purcell saying that a study published by the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, as reported in the Daily Mail, had determined that happiness among humans peaks at age 23, tanks at 55 and then peaks again at 69.

Do I Have To Move to California?

Roz Warren | Posted 09.30.2013 | Fifty
Roz Warren

At 58, I finally know exactly who I am. A writer who lives and works in suburban Philadelphia and makes frequent trips to New York. How tough could it be to expand that definition to include frequent cross country trips to enjoy my grandchildren?

Climate Justice for Our Grandchildren: Why I Plan to Walk From Harper's Ferry to the White House

Keith Peterman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Keith Peterman

The CO2 concentration in our atmosphere has increased by more than 27 percent from the time I was a child to today. This increase has produced an enhanced greenhouse effect leading to the climate disruption we are now experiencing.

Making Peace with the End of Life

Susan Ann Darley | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty
Susan Ann Darley

As a society, we are now confronted with complex end-of-life challenges. Personal financial concerns, soaring medical costs, extension and quality of life issues, loss of independence and over-medicating, to name a few.

LOOK: Grandma Rides Motorcycle Like A Hells Angel

The Huffington Post | Katerina Rosen | Posted 06.21.2013 | Fifty

You have to love the smile on this grandma's face. Her grandson took her on her first motorcycle ride in 59 years and subsequently shared this compare...

8 Great Ways To Surprise Your Grandkids

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpgSPECIAL FROM | Bethany Kandel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Guess Who! Every child loves a surprise, especially one that's filled with their grandparents' love. When they le...

What My Nana Taught Me About Living and Parenting

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

By remembering what it was like to be a child, she just never seemed to age. My nana made me realize that we are not just parenting our children, we are raising future parents, and the example that we set in the way that we live and parent today will have a lasting impact on future generations.

A Grandfather's Gift Goes Beyond Words

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 07.18.2013 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

Bill starting writing stories for his granddaughter when he realized she was having trouble pronouncing certain letters, and he turned them into a book, Stories for Amanda.

'I've Never Been Made So Happy By Someone Else's Unhappiness'

Karin Kasdin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

I'm pretty sure my about-to-be two-year-old granddaughter, Kyla, loves me. When I'm visiting her and leave for five minutes to use the toilet, she cries. I've never been made so happy by someone else's unhappiness.