Care for Your Grandparents Month

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June marks the Care for Your Grandparents Month and grandparents play such an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. Joining us online is Wren Mast-Ingle, founder Grandparents Association of South Africa to speak to us more.

How to stay connected with your Grandchildren

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The public health recommendations to practice social distancing have impacted across society and no more so than the relationship between Grandparents and Grandchildren.  South Africans – as around the world – are grappling to answer ‘How do to stay connected with my grandchildren and how do I help my kids (their parents). Studies have shown Grandparents influenced Grandchildren’s beliefs and values …

Greetings Grandparents

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Greetings Grandparents, You belong to one of the most special groups of people who populate the planet.  Whatever your colour, creed or circumstance you feel that wonderful feeling about your Grandchildren.   And as we experience and ever-increasing lifespan with more time to spend on what we enjoy most, the world occupied by Grandparents and their Grandchildren has become even more …

National Grandparents Day

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National Grandparents Day is a holiday that originated in the U.S. in 1979 and is celebrated in other parts of the world as well. Grandparents Day was established to help children connect with their grandparents and also become aware of the advice and wealth of knowledge that older generations offer.  Grandparents Day originally started as a grassroots movement in 1973, …

Why You Should Stop Saying Good Job and What to Say Instead

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How often do you say Good Job? Or Good Work? Or Great?  Learn how to carefully craft meaningful and positive praise that is specific to your child’s abilities, accomplishments, traits and areas of weakness without saying a single “Good Job” or “Good Work.” Saying meaningful praise will go a lot further in building your child’s confidence when you use these tips.  Until earlier this …

Raising Our Kids Near Their Grandparents Is The Greatest Gift We Could Ever Give Them

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If you think about it, human beings are the only species (with the exception of the occasional whale species) that actually have grandmas and grandpas that are invested and involved in children’s lives. Additionally, there are researched-backed benefits showing that having grandparents involved not only enriches the lives of the children but the parents also. While in-laws can certainly create …

An Insight into the 1-Billion Grandparent Communities

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OLIVIA GENTILE takes some facts and figures from the book, Grandparenting: Contemporary Perspectives, by Australian social scientists Susan Moore and Doreen Rosenthal: Of the more than seven billion people in the world, approximately 1 billion are grandparents. About 70 to 80 percent of older adults eventually become grandparents. On average, people in industrialized countries become grandparents in their early 50s; in developing countries, grandparenthood often begins …

Grandparents are really cool…

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Grandparents are cool in different ways and of course it depends on how old you are… I remember my GrandMa putting a little saliva on my ‘einas’ when I was five years old,  while it may not have healed anything, it certainly felt a lot better.  In approaching teen years this gave way to a sympathetic hug that took all …

Let’s Start the Celebration Today

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Sunday heralds the start of a week’s celebrations for GrandParent s in South Africa.  Haven’t seen much about it?  That is because unlike most other parts of the world that fete Grandies in every possible way, we seem to have been left behind. The number of GrandParents in South Africa could be as many as four million according to various …

A week’s celebrations for Grandparents

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GrandParents Week takes place the first week in October and will include GrandParents Day. The GrandParents Association of South Africa (GPASA) week of celebrations incorporates Grandparents from all walks of society and the Association has urged organisations and businesses to play their role in making the week a success. “The dynamics of GrandParenting have changed dramatically with many people taking …