Grammas, with winter holidays around the corner, this is the perfect time to teach our children the value of giving and the importance of showing empathy for children less fortunate than them. In the process, they will learn how giving to others can make them feel good, too.
Our grandchildren certainly have older toys in their ‘personal warehouse’ of games, books, dolls, trucks and tanks that no longer interest them, coupled with the new gifts from parents, grandparents and siblings. So this is the perfect time to practice what you preach.
Talking is the first part of the giving process – next there must be action! Ask your grandchildren to take you to their room for the purpose of going through their older toys. Make sure you do the sorting together, as you will be there to mention the ‘spirit of giving’ again. Then empower them to personally choose the toys they want to ‘share’ with children less fortunate than themselves. And then discuss that goodness toward others is an important value to carry with them the rest of their lives. You’ll also want to share with them that making other children happy should make them happy. You will be the gramma that starts the process of teaching charity to your grandchildren.
I would take the process one step further: Box the toys together and make a date with your grandchild or grandchildren to donate the toys to a church, thrift shop or synagogue. Participating in the giving process is the most important part.
Reinforce your grandchildren’s actions by going for hot fudge sundaes and telling them how proud you are that they have just experienced the value of goodwill toward their fellow unknown friends. How happy they will make them feel. How happy they have made themselves feel.
Do something GOOD today: Practice what you preach. Sort through your closet and donate items you haven’t worn in a year.
- Gramma Good
As the holidays approach, cold weather will keep many of us indoors, and the risk of catching a cold or the flu skyrockets. I know the last thing I want to deal with during the holidays is a fever, sore throat, or constant sneezing! There are wise actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs. Please share them with your children and grandchildren. Sometimes we forget how easily germs are spread. Here are some protective measures:
1. Stay home when you are sick. You will need your rest, and this will also prevent you from spreading your germs to others.
2. Wash your hands often. About 80% of infectious diseases are spread by touch. Scrub your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds – about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
3. Throw away used tissues.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
5. Keep surfaces clean.
Frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, counters and phone handsets should be regularly sanitized. Follow label instructions when using disinfectants and cleaners.
Grammas, do you have any tips to share?
Do Something GOOD Today: Carry a pocket-sized antibacterial gel for when you cannot wash hands with soap and water.
- Gramma Good
I fix my husband breakfast each morning. My grandchildren are served the same breakfast when they visit. I put peanut butter on their daily apple. It makes their breakfast less boring and is good for their health.
Peanut butter is packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat as well as vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and protein.
However, not all peanut butters are created equal. Here are some factors to consider when purchasing peanut butter:
- Oil. All peanut butter has oils. Stir your peanut butter before spreading.
- Sugar. Natural brands have about half as much sugar per serving as commercial brands.
- Natural. Be sure to read the ingredient label, since “natural” does not mean it has no added sugars and oils. True natural PB has only peanuts and a little salt.
Here are four great choices for a healthy peanut butter:
- TEDDIE OLD FASHIONED ALL NATURAL
- SMUCKER’S NATURAL
- TRADER JOE’S ORGANIC
- WHOLE FOODS 365
AND GRAMMAS YOU KNOW WHY APPLES ARE HEALTHY: AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY!!
Do Something GOOD Today: Make yourself a peanut butter sandwich with a healthy choice of peanut butter.
My iPhone sits next to me and I hear a text. It is from one of my grandsons. I text him back. Then I think to myself, “I should text the rest of my grandchildren.” So off go 14 texts to the other grandchildren. You know what happens…their texts start pouring in! What does every gramma do…she answers.
Then the door opens and it is my husband returning from his day out. “Let’s talk,” he says. So, I leave my blog again and talk!!
I am back to this blog, again! I start thinking and comparing our pressures to our grandchildren’s pressures because I have received 14 texts with different messages within a few minutes from them. The children are now in the forefront of my thoughts.
At their young age they spend at least 6 or 7 hours in school; have several after-school activities; they are constantly told what to do; they deal with their role in the family learning values, wisdom, manners and on and on; they have hours of homework; they are confronted with peer pressure while struggling with maturing. AND THIS GRAMMA IS COMPLAINING!!
I leave my computer again to start making dinner. I peel carrots and potatoes, wash and season the chicken, make a divine salad, put the chicken in the oven, and set the table, all the while talking on the phone and scurrying around our kitchen looking for this and that as my mom and brother and girlfriend are coming for dinner. And I think to myself…this is a piece of cake compared to what my darling grandchildren are going through. I relax and thank my lucky stars that my life is so vital. And I smile as I set a beautiful table and wait for my loving family to arrive. And thank my mom for being a wonderful role model.
Do Something GOOD Today: Take a deep breath and remember to keep everything in perspective. It will help you from feeling overwhelmed.
- Gramma Good