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EP – 54 I Don’t Want to Turn 3

Our conversation with Gramps Jeffrey

Our conversation is with Gramps Jeffrey. Gramps Jeffrey is a children’s book author and grandfather of six. Gramps looks at the world through the lens of what has changed and evolved since he was a kid.

We discussed his book, I Don’t Want to Turn 3, and what inspired him to write this exciting and entertaining book. We talk about how important it is to read to our children and grandchildren. Reading is not simply a way of bonding with them, but it has also been documented to increase a child’s listening skills, build a varied vocabulary, and lengthen their attention span.

Let us know in the comments below what your Ah-Ha or big takeaway was from this conversation.

Be sure to check out Gramps Jeffrey’s website (link listed below) and his book.

Remember to like and share this conversation with a friend. Sharing is the best way to help support our message of the importance of grandfathers in the lives of their families.

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Gramps Jeffrey – Website

Gramps Jeffrey’s email address is: grampsjeffrey@gmail.com

“I Don’t Want to Turn 3” – Online purchasing options

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EP – 45 The examples we set

My conversation with Frank Pomata

In this conversation, Frank Pomata, aka Baba, sits down with us and talks about the impact and relationship with his grandfathers. We first learn about Carl (Carmello) and Anthony (Grandpa Tony) and what these two very different people did with Frank growing up in Brooklyn, NY. Frank had the interesting experience of living upstairs from his Grandpa Carl.

With Grandpa Carl, Frank became his driving buddy and was exposed early on to what goes on in an office environment. Frank learned some of the basics of being in an office in this environment, such as answering a phone and taking messages properly. Frank also learned some of the basics of making an office environment work.

With Grandpa Tony, Frank learned that there was a large world outside of New York through reading Grandpa Tony’s National Geographic magazines. Grandpa Tony eventually gifted Frank his own subscription and cultivated an appreciation for learning that Frank still enjoys to this day. We get to hear some great stories about Grandpa Tony, including how he loved the music of Pete Fountain.

Frank also talks about his relationship with his grandson (8 years old) and the bond that they have developed over the years. We learn how Frank is intentionally working on taking an interest in his grandson by getting down on the floor and playing with him and even finding that his grandson is igniting a former passion of Franks; collecting Hot Wheels cars.

We talk about Frank’s attitudes about how grandfathers today can change and be more engaged with their grandchildren and family. At the end of our conversation, we talk about Frank’s article (a link is below) and how grandfathers can support their grandchildren and that nurturing is not the sole province of the grandmothers.

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Links

Click HERE for Frank’s LinkedIn Profile

Frank’s article: Some Thoughts on the Value of Grandfathers

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EP – 65 Grandpa was One of Three Heroes

Our conversation with Kent Julian

Renowned keynote speaker Kent Julian sits down with us to talk about one of his three heroes, Enoch Marshall. Kent shares how they were opposites in many ways, yet he was drawn to Enoch. When Kent thinks about and describes his grandfather, the word that comes to mind is WISDOM.

We discuss how Kent’s grandfather was there as Kent’s spiritual awakening began in middle and high school. Kent talks about how his grandfather became that person that provided Kent with guidance as it was needed.

As we continue discussing the influence of Enoch on Kent, we learn that the other two heroes in Kent’s life were a teacher and youth pastor. The three of them helped to turn Kent as an “at-risk youth” into a young man who grew closer to his faith and turned his life around. Kent talks about how his grandfather just seemed to have the right timing and accessibility to talk to Kent about spiritual matters and life.

We also talk a bit about the myth about quality time vs. quantity time. To Kent, quality time is what the receiver gets through quantity time. For example, shooting baskets in the driveway might be quantity time until a critical topic is brought up by the grandson or granddaughter, and then, that activity shifts to quality time.

Kent and I also talk about how grandfathers and others can get into the speaking game if they feel they have a message to share. We discuss how speaking could be a side hustle, something for fun, or a full-time gig, depending on what you want to get out of speaking. To learn more about getting into the speaking game, check out the links below to Kent’s site.

Please remember to like and share this podcast with someone you know who needs to hear the message about how important grandfathers are in the lives of grandchildren and families.

Links

Click HERE to learn even more about Kent

Click HERE to learn Kent’s 9 Ways to Get Paid as a Speaker

Click HERE to go to Kent’s Paid to Speak Podcast website

Click HERE to the Paid To Speak Conference that Kent and I briefly discussed

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EP – 64 Being A Proactive Grandfather

Our conversation with Richard Eyre

In this conversation, we are joined by Richard Eyre. Richard and his wife Linda have been writing and speaking about values-based parenting for over 20 years. Richard has taken his experience and insight with parenting and created a great book about being a proactive grandfather. With over 34 grandchildren, Richard has had experience with building deep and meaningful relationships with grandchildren both near and far.

Our discussion talks about the four different types or versions of grandfathers and which one is most rewarding for the grandfather and the grandchildren. Those four types are:

  1. Disengaged
  2. Limited
  3. Supportive
  4. Proactive

Richard and I also discuss the different roles that grandfathers play in the lives of their grandchildren as those grandchildren grow and develop.

Ensure that you check out the links to Ricard’s book and website below. You are sure to enjoy and benefit from Richard’s resources to offer grandfathers and parents alike.

Links

Click HERE to be taken to Richard’s website, Values Parenting

Click HERE to view Richard’s book, Being a Proactive Grandfather

Click HERE to listen to the podcast episode for Leave Nothing Unsaid with Jody Noland

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EP – 63 Priorities and Connections

Our conversation with Roland Thompson

Roland Thompson sits down with us to talk about the importance of connections with our grandchildren and family. Roland is currently working on two books and launching his foundation, Heart of the Fathers. We kick off our conversation, discussing Roland’s reaction to the news that he would be a grandfather while still having children at home and adopting another young child.

Roland is passionate about doing what he can to stress the importance of building connections to grandchildren and the rising generation as a whole. With threats such as teen suicide, pregnancy, and runaways impacting young people, Roland believes that connecting and being part of the group of influencers is how grandparents can help battle these risks to our youth.

The major influencers on a young person’s life, according to Roland, are:

  1. Parents
  2. Grandparents
  3. Peers
  4. Teachers, coaches, etc.

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Links

Click HERE to watch Roland and one of his sons perform a medley of Old Man / Cat’s in the Cradle.

Click HERE to be taken to Roland’s Heart of the Fathers Facebook group

Click HERE to be taken to The Long Distance Grandparent

Click HERE for Imagine Dragons (band)

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EP – 62 Leave Nothing Unsaid

Our conversation with Jody Noland

Jody Noland joins us for this week’s conversation. I met Jody at Kent Julian’s Paid to Speak conference in September 2021. Jody is passionate about discussing the importance and intimacy of letter and note writing. Written letters and notes can be just one way that grandfathers can connect and encourage their grandchildren.

As an author, speaker, and coach, Jody Noland brings an infectious passion for writing words of encouragement. Her greatest joy comes from helping others leave nothing unsaid to the essential people in their lives.

In our conversation, you will learn firsthand the impact of writing a letter or a card on someone. Jody explains the impactful yet straightforward steps to writing a note that you need to know you see and appreciate. The process of writing an impactful letter is simple and can be broken down into three parts:

  1. Express your feelings for the individual.
  2. Highlight what is unique and special about the person. Affirm their most outstanding character qualities. Use a word picture, if possible, to illustrate.
  3. Describe your hopes, prayers, dreams for the recipient.

Jody has many valuable tools that you can find on her website to help get you started in writing meaningful letters and cards.

Once you have listened to this episode, please remember to share it with someone who would appreciate hearing about grandfathers’ vital role in the family.

Links

Click HERE to be taken to the Leave Nothing Unsaid website.

Click HERE to learn more about Jody.

Click HERE to be taken to Jody’s Facebook page. (Be sure to click on the “Follow” button to be kept up to date about what Jody is up to.)

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EP – 61 Serving and Bringing Out the Best In Others

Our conversation with Dave Wadsworth

In this week’s conversation, we are joined by Dave Wadsworth. I met Dave at Kent Julian’s Paid To Speak conference in Atlanta, GA. We immediately hit it off about life and, of course, cool grandpa stuff.

In this conversation, Dave and I discuss the joy that he and his wife shared when they found out they would become grandparents. Dave is currently building a lake on his property, where he plans to put a pontoon boat for the grandchildren to play on and swim around as they get older.

Dave talks about his passion for helping men live a life on fire and purpose so that they can be as fulfilled as possible. Dave hopes that men recognize that they have the power and love to share with their grandchildren, friends, and family by living a life on fire. As an “encourager,” Dave uses social media, especially TikTok, to reach out to thousands of followers to encourage and inspire people to live their lives with purpose and enthusiasm.

Dave was generous to share his number with us (812-499-5090), so if you want to connect with a cool grandpa and a heck of a nice guy, shoot Dave a text message. Let him know you heard him on The Cool Grandpa Podcast.

Remember to share this podcast with someone who needs to hear how significant the role of grandfather can be.

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Click HERE for Dave’s website and check out his services

Click HERE to learn more about Dan Miller’s 48 Days community

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EP – 60 Don’t Minimize Your Role

Our conversation with James Lott Jr.

Our conversation is with James Lott Jr. James, and I sit down to talk about his relationship with his Dutch and Puerto Rician/Indian grandfathers. We talk about where James gets his gift of gab and fun times hanging out with his Grandfather in New York during the crazy 1980s. James also talks about the influence of his Dutch grandfather and his application for dry humor and the fun saying, “If it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much.”

James opens up and talks about the challenges of becoming a grandparent while he was still in his 30’s. We discuss how that experience was tough to go through and how he could navigate his way to having meaningful and deep relationships with his children and grandchildren.

You are going to love this conversation because we get deep but have fun all the way. Once you have listened to this conversation, be sure to like us on your podcast feed. After you hit the like and subscribe button, think about someone in your network who needs to hear this conversation, and please share this episode with them.

Links

Click HERE for James’ Facebook page.

Click HERE to be taken to the JLJ Media YouTube profile

Click HERE to go to James’ Sound Cloud channel

Click HERE to see my interview with James Lott Jr. on his show “Really! I am A Grandparent”

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EP – 59 Being An Engaged Grandpa

Our conversation with Rich “Tabasco” Tedesco

Our conversation is with Tabasco. Tabasco sits down with us to discuss his experience of being a grandfather who lives close to his grandchildren. In this exciting conversation, we talk about how Tabasco how hearing the news that he would be a grandfather was like starting a new chapter in his life and a chance to share the world with another child.

We continue to talk about how Tabasco could focus on the grandchild and block out worldly distractions. Tabasco shares with us how to enjoy the early years and not rush them to grow up. As we dive into our conversation further, Tacasco talks about how important it is to make sure that the parents have the opportunity to experience the “firsts” with their children.

Be sure to check out the links below for more information about Tabasco and the fantastic career and wisdom he has to share.

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Links

Tabasco’s interview from Military.com

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EP – 58 Bonus Show, Teaching Service, and Remembrance

A bonus conversation with Lee Shimbel

This great conversation with Lee explores how a grandfather’s example of service teaches the grandchildren valuable lessons about helping others. We also discuss how Lee and the family positively install closely held family values to the upcoming generation.

Lee serves as director of the Brisbane Legacy group (https://www.legacy.com.au/brisbane/BrisbaneLegacy). This group serves the people of Australia by looking after the family of veterans. Do your self a service and review this fantastic organization and if you are moved to do so, please contribute by contacting fundraising@legacybrisbane.org.au.

Legacy is a charity providing service to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their Defence Force service. At Brisbane Legacy, we currently care for more than 6,700 widows and 250 dependents of the 52,000 widow(er)s and 1,845 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.

Links

Click HERE to listen to Lee’s original episode.

Click HERE to find out more about Australia’s Legacy group

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EP – 57 A Grandfather’s Strength

Our conversation with Dave Evans

This week’s conversation is with Dave Evans. Dave and I sit down to talk about his experience with being a grandfather. We talk a lot about his granddaughter Nyia and her challenges. During Nyia’s delivery, she went without oxygen for about 12 minutes resulting in Nyia having extensive brain and motor issues.

Nyia and her family are working with the great people at NAPA on an individual therapy plan to help Nyia learn to do as much for herself as possible. As you can imagine, Nyia relies on the therapists’ support and care, her loving parents, and her supportive grandparents.

Dave and I discuss his reaction to the news of what happened to Nyia during delivery and how he could be a valuable support to Nyia’s parents in the days and months after Nyia’s birth. We also talk about how Nyia is doing now and how Dave reads to Nyia, pushes her in the swing, and writes music with Nyia. Dave also shares how he has taken the following scripture to heart to describe what it is to be a grandfather.

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” – Colossians 3:12

Join us for this touching conversation about how grandfathers can play an important part in supporting the family through tough times. You will also want to hear how Nyia is growing stronger and doing many more activities with the help of Dave, Nyia’s family, and caregivers.

At the end of our conversation, you will get a chuckle out of the story that Dave provides about his grandfather going the extra mile back in the 1960s by taking Dave to a rock and roll show.

Once you have listened and enjoyed the show, please share Dave’s story with someone who could use some inspiration about how important grandfathers are in strengthening the family. If you would like to get in touch with Dave, please shoot me an email at greg@cool-grandpa.com, and I will share your thoughts with Dave.

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Click HERE to listen to the conversation with Ralph Jodice

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EP – 56 Traditions and Rituals

Our conversation about the importance of traditions and rituals with grandkids

This week’s episode is another conversation just between the two of us. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of traditions and rituals. We can use traditions and rituals to create stronger family bonds and bonds between grandfathers and grandchildren. Rituals are those details that are part of traditions. An example of a ritual is that grandma and the grandchildren ALWAYS work together to bake an apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert.

No matter your traditions and rituals in your family, be aware that these activities are essential to the grandchildren and the entire family. Grandchildren will learn about their family’s history and values through what you do with your traditions and rituals.

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