What do you need help with? Experiences make memories; but we’re busy, and need to have our ducks in a row. We might see the kids for a few hours, a day, a week, once a year. GrandyCamp has ideas that work, and stuff that doesn’t (!), and a Twin Cities event calendar designed just for grandparents, with a plan for a wider scope when we can!
Less than half of grandparents are senior citizens, and those that are, might be working until age 70. Lesley Stahl, in her new book Becoming Grandma, list our ranks (women between fifty and seventy) at some 40 million. She points out ways that the girls raised with Title IX and women’s rights are developing and defining a new way of grandmothering. We don’t have white hair, and grandchildren aren’t always sweet.
Despite degrees and careers, “three-quarters of grandparents say that being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.” The stuff we share will work for Aunties, practice grandmas, and loving caregivers. Let’s do this!
I have a degree in Children's literature, am a long-time children's book illustrator, and more recently, author, which has kept me in the loop for what kids are into. My own Grands, at this writing, are two and just turning four, and, thankfully love to cook and make projects. Jack loves Pinterest, and I love that he enthusiastically asks, "Gram, let's make that!" I also worked for ten years as a full-time concierge, so you will have lots in insider info for events and destinations curated just for you. Even at sixty-one, the charm on my wrist says "play!" I look forward to hearing about your Grand adventures and seeing pics of those cute kidlets (#grandycamp)! - Karen Ritz