Category Archives: Helpful Hints

Scary Medicine

This was NOT the topic I had in mind for today, but I just had to rant. Of late I have been bothered with annoying back pain, which is all the more annoying since it prevents me from sitting down at my computer for long periods. But all of that is not as annoying as…

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Dining Out with Toddlers: Top 10 Things You Need to Know

Face it. Americans love to eat out. I think the economy would have tanked long, long ago if it weren’t for the restaurant industry. That’s why we owe it to our children, the future of our country, to encourage the support of our eating establishments. Thus the suggestions below which were gleaned from years of…

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Diapering: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know

My two grandsons have lots in common. At 20 months they pose a myriad of challenges as we try to get them to dress, dine and sleep. For those parents and caretakers not already indoctrinated, here are the top ten things you need to know about diapering a toddler (the next two installments will cover…

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Starting Early

The appeal of my mattress has recently trumped the lure of my keyboard – just in case you were wondering where I’ve been. I usually don’t let 2 weeks elapse between blog posts, but my back has been acting up and it’s painful to sit. I believe I injured it when trying to do my…

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Camping, anyone?

One week after Irene, the lights are on and the streets are cleared. We were lucky. No one we know of was hurt, our house is intact and no trees were lost. Thankfully, our children and grandchildren are safe and sound as well. Unfortunately, there are still a few without power and with fallen trees…

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Before the Power Goes Out

It seems that Long Island and NYC are no longer immune to the capriciousness of Mother Nature. Earlier this week as my chandelier swayed above me and the floor shook beneath, I somehow correctly guessed I was experiencing an earthquake. Remembering past advisories, I calmly stood in the doorway of my bedroom thinking it was…

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Exit Strategy

I have the habit of writing misleading titles so I feel compelled to quickly confess. No, this is not a political post about getting out of the wars in the Middle East without leaving an unnerving situation; rather, it’s a family-friendly post about getting out of the house without leaving an unnerving situation. After about…

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Exercising with the Boss

At fifteen months, Charlie is getting us to do things that we physically might not ordinarily do. We do it to see the smile on his face and to hear his belly laugh – even if it might be to our own detriment.  But it seems that our grandson is talented in a way we…

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Whose Mother’s Day Is It?

I don’t look forward to Mother’s Day the way I used to because I now feel it presents a few dilemmas –  not the least of which is the dilemma of the greeting card.  Here are my Mother’s Day greeting card questions and comments – feel free to join in: 1. Should we send my…

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Fashion No-Sense

Awhile back,  I wrote an article for grandparents.about.com, Susan Adcox’s fabulous site. Specifically, I was answering the questions that she posed about fashion. At the request of my daughter, who would love for me to get a makeover, I am posting a revised version of the article with the hope that someone volunteers to give me one….

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