Grandparents Day is 9/13. How are you celebrating?

Looking for that special gift for Grandparents who have it all? As part of his book The Grandest Love – Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchildren Connection local Grandparenting expert Jerry Witkovsky, collected 30 letters from grandchildren of all ages and backgrounds, asking them to share what they had learned from a grandparent. Witkovsky suggests a personal letter…

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No more “After I die…” Introducing The Living Legacy Foundation

A study abroad semester in Spain is one example of a Living Legacy Foundation sponsored project. Stock photo credit The LEAF Project on Flickr. During my many heartfelt discussions with grandparents about their legacies (financial and otherwise), something always nagged at me. Virtually all those discussion began with somebody declaring solemnly, “After I die…” as…

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Interdependence in Families: It’s Okay to Ask for and Receive Help

Stock photo credit: tsny los angeles on Flickr There’s no question that human beings possess an innate pull towards independent action, individuality, and self-determination, and that it is critical that each of us acquire the skills and the confidence to live successfully on our own and transmit those values to the next generations. I don’t…

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Adult Children Moving Home: Embracing Our Interdependence

“If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable—each segment distinct.” —Letty Cottin Pogrebin “Diversity: the art of thinking independently, together.” —Malcolm Forbes Independence: It’s the American Way In 2010, I took an adult-education course at Northwestern University, titled “Families in the 21st Century.” My…

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Use Your Executive Grandpa Power to Enrich the Whole Family

Get The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection now in time for Father’s Day! Google ‘grandma’ and you get 113 million results; ‘grandpa’, only 63.5 million. Both numbers are astronomical, but in the world of kids and cuddlies, women still rule. (see original article here: http://patch.com/illinois/deerfield/using-your-secret-executive-grandparenting-power-enrich-whole-family-0 ) But, the truth is, being a grandparent tugs at…

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