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Just Ask Bubby

Malkie Schulman

Grandmothers from across the globe share their hard-earned wisdom on how to connect with grandchildren, from toddlers to teens, near and far, biological and step, as well as the “Grandparenting Laws” for a beautiful relationship.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

It’s important to engage in activities you enjoy. I love nature, art, and music and try to connect in these realms. We take nature walks. I also work on expanding their world through all five senses. For example, I show them the threads in my needlework, pointing out the gradations of colors, 20 different blues, 15 greens, etc. Then we look at the greens in the trees outside, the blues of the sky. We touch the textured threads, wooly ones, silky ones… they even help pull the needle through. For the sense of smell, we sniff spices, sweet or tangy… Sometimes we look at family photos. Several years ago I made an album for each of my children, infancy through adulthood. The grandchildren love seeing their parent as a child. Near the kitchen table, I have a huge bulletin board, filled with family photos from everywhere. The grandchildren love finding themselves, their cousins, and assorted relatives. —Miriam, New York City

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