GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012 - (Page 10)

grandparenting lOl photo: © Lowe = merry mayhem gr andchildren Let the chaos celebrating begin! + HolIdAYS W BY DiANA J. EwiNG Diana J. Ewing of Laguna Niguel, California, spent 30 years in advertising and public relations before venturing into humor writing with her first book, The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Grandparenting. hether you deck the halls or observe other seasonal celebrations, there’s nothing like grandkids to put the ho-ho-ho back in your holidays. These cheery cherubs, who can brighten up any old day with their quirky questions and disarming smiles, give you a fresh perspective on this special time of year. What could be better than unwrapping Lily’s first clay handprint with the tiny chip that makes it more endearing? Or watching Jack attack a caramel apple minus his two front teeth? With the unique brand of merry mayhem today’s youngsters can stir up, your seasonal activities as a grandparent could go something like this: Ask the smaller tykes to make ornaments for a special kids-only tree, and they’ll probably provide felt snowmen, construction paper chains, and odd but interesting pipecleaner creatures. Extend the same invitation to your tween-aged grandkids, and they’ll come up with downloaded photos of Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé. Not quite what you had in mind, but it’s their tree. And you have to applaud their ingenuity. Things probably won’t be cookie-cutter perfect when the cutie-patooties help you with holiday baking, either. Be on the 10 GRAND NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012
Kid-Safe Shopping
A Swiss Family Tradition
Holidays + Grandchildren = Merry Mayhem
Grand Wit & Wisdom
The Rocky Balboa of Grandparenting
Kellie Pickler: Grand-Raised and Proud of It
Bill Cosby: America’s Favorite TV Dad
Holiday Stress-Busters
Holiday Gift Guide
Shut Out for the Holidays?
Holiday Fun for All Ages!
Grandma & Grandpa & Karen
Be Thankful! It’s Good for You
Grand Giggles
Kinship Care Resources

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012