I was grilled.
Grilled as in “intense questioning or interrogation.” And that’s not a bad thing, it was all in fun and I’m sharing it with you here.
Lisa Carpenter writes a blog called Grandma’s Briefs where she
shares my snippets, er, briefs on the good, bad, humorous, and heartwarming of being a grandmother, baby boomer, parent to adult children, wife, and writer.
One of the features on her blog is Grilled Grandmas, where she interviews other women who are both bloggers and grandmothers. Her blog challenges the stereotype of rocking chair grandmothers way past their prime in life.
Why talk about grandparenting?
Why would I talk about grandparenting on a medical blog? Health professionals consider the family a vital factor in health, both positive and negative. You probably know that family medical history contributes to physical health, but family interactions also play an important role in child development, learning, and emotional health.
Establishing a bond with grandparents is great for kids in many ways. Grandparents can be positive role models and influences, and they can provide a sense of cultural heritage and family history. Grandparents provide their grandkids with love, have their best interests at heart, and can make them feel safe.Bonding With Grandparents
Some of the interview questions Lisa sent challenged me to answer. Some answers I knew right away, others required some reflection . For example, this question
What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
Not having had a role model. Both of my grandmothers died before I was born, so I never experienced having a grandmother in my life.
This question was easy.
What is one thing (or more) you’re proud to say you do right as a grandma?
We (including the grandpa) offer advice and help when asked, but we don’t butt in, interfere, criticize, or make demands. We let the parents be the parents.
Lisa asked me to submit a few photos of me with my grandkids; perusing my photos to pick out a few sparked many happy memories.
Lisa’s final question was –
What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma?
Learn the answer at Lisa’s post which you will find at this link-
This article gives grandparents a refresher course in caring for children. Whether they are with you for just a few hours, several days, or live with you, this gives practical tips on keeping them healthy and safe when they are in your care.
If you don’t already know CPR, consider taking a class or refresher course. CPR is done differently in children than adults. Infants and children are more likely to suffer respiratory arrest -quit breathing- than cardiac arrest-heart stopping. Common causes include choking, drowning, and trauma. Sources for training include
- American Red Cross
- American Heart Association
- your local schools’ adult education programs
- local hospitals and medical training programs
sharing the HEART of grandparenting
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