Unforgiven: One Family’s Story

“Separate Realities” of Parents and Children  San Francisco-based psychologist Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., is the author of When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along (Harper Collins, 2008).  In a blog post for UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Coleman recommends: Honor the ‘separate realities’ nature of family life.…

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Grandparents Teaching Values: Turn Your Values into Action

By Jerry Witkovsky (adapted from his book, The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent Grandchild Connection) Grandparents often ask me, “How will I be remembered?” They know that they can leave valuables, but things can be lost, discarded or no longer considered valuable. A legacy of values, however, can guide grandchildren in their daily life, school,…

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Bookends Grandparents

  OUR GRANDPARENTS, OUR MEMORIES – CHOOSE TO CONNECT By Matej Silecky I have been working on a project that, it is safe to say, would not exist without the lifelong influence of all of my grandparents. The project, “Baba Babee Skazala” translates from Ukrainian to English as “Grandmother told Grandmother.” Basically, it consists of: oral…

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Every Life, A Lesson

Thanks to Vivien Orbach-Smith, Editor of The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, for sharing this kudos on The Grandest Love Facebook Page: Congratulations to Jill Filipovic, one of the contributors to The Grandest Love, upon the release today of her first book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. In this excerpt from her…

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Deerfield Mayor Announces Jerry Witkovsky Day March 20

March 20 will be been named Jerry Witkovsky Day in the Village of Deerfield, to honor the long time Grandparenting Activist’s 89th birthday. Please join Mayor Rosenthal at Deerfield Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Road, on March 20 at 7:30 p.m for the ceremony.   Read more about the honor and Jerry in the Chicago Tribune/Deerfield Review. Jerry Witkovsky is…

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A Grandparent Connection Theory of Change: Transforming Relationships and Community

  Grandparents have a transformative effect on their family when they teach their skills, manifest their creativity and give voice to their passions. I set up my first Grandparent Connection School Program at Deerfield High School in 2009. The Deerfield High School grandparent program is still going strong. Over 300 grandparents attended the star event…

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