EP – 99 Favorite Grampy

Our conversation with Manny Oliverez

Manny Oliverez is on a mission to be THE FAVORITE GRAMPY. Manny is someone who didn’t grow up with his grandfathers setting an example about what a grandpa should or shouldn’t do. This left Manny with a clean slate to create the types of relationships he wanted with his grandchildren.

We discuss Manny’s reaction to hearing the news that he would become a grandfather for the first time. Hearing that news started exploring what it would take to become a grandchild’s favorite grampy. Manny shares with us how for him, being a favorite grampy is a combination of creativity, opening yourself up to acting like a kid, and sometimes setting the rules aside.

Another big part of being a favorite grampy is to create opportunities for adventures. Adventures can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Manny shares with us an adventure he and his grandchildren took in the backyard where they encountered deer that an Oger had frozen and the dark spooky path that would take them to the brink of danger. Other adventures come in the form of trips to Disney, Universal, and other theme parks.

This pursuit of family-friendly, skip-generational adventures has led Manny’s daughter to start Favorite Grampy Travels. The focus of Favorite Grampy Travels is to help other families create these magical, once-in-a-lifetime memories with all members of the family. Check out the links below to Favorite Grampy Travels and see if they can help you schedule your next adventure with the family.

After you have listened to this episode, please remember to like and subscribe to the show if you haven’t already. It would also be fantastic if you would share this podcast with a friend. Sharing is the best way to help me spread the word about the importance of grandfathers in the lives of their grandchildren and families.

Links

Click HERE to visit Manny’s Favorite Grampy website.

Here is the link to Manny’s interview with the Adventures with Grammy podcast. Click HERE to listen to that great interview.

To check out Manny and the family’s good times, you can click HERE to follow Manny on Facebook.

Be sure to follow Manny on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to follow Manny on Pinterest.

If you are looking for a great theme park or travel experience, let Manny and his family over at Favorite Grampy Travel take care of your needs. You and find your Favorite Grampy Travel by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to find the books that Manny has available on Amazon.

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EP – 90 Make Momentos

Our conversation with Michelle Booth

Michelle Booth from Make Momentos is joining us to discuss how Make Momentos enables interesting and unique connections with the young children in your life. Make Momentos is a unique product and experience where you can create a short video introduction followed by reading an enjoyable book for your grandchild, child, niece, or nephew.

This conversation explores what motivated Michelle to start this unique company. You will learn about Michelle’s background as an editor, ghostwriter, and publisher focused on helping people tell their stories. You will feel Michelle’s passion for helping people connect with family members through stories and the sharing of other enjoyable children’s books.

We both agree that having that recorded voice of a grandmother or grandfather is special and creates a special bond that can be shared with other family members. You will love listening to this conversation, and hopefully, it prompts you to record your stories so that the little ones in the family have your stories from your mouth.

Once you have listened to this episode, please remember to like and subscribe to the show if you haven’t already. It would also be fantastic if you would share this podcast with a friend. Sharing is the best way to help me spread the word about the importance of grandfathers in the lives of their grandchildren and families.

Links

Click HERE to visit Make Momentos

Click HERE to visit and like Make Momentos on Facebook

Click HERE to connect with Make Momentos on Instagram

Click HERE to view and follow the videos from Make Momentos on YouTube

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EP – 86 Where Two Worlds Meet

Our conversation with Jerry Witkovsky and Deanna Shoss

This week we are joined by two passionate individuals whose goal is to build bridges of understanding and communication between Grandparents and Grandchildren. Jerry Witkovsky and Deanna Shoss join us to discuss their new book, Where Two Worlds Meet.

Jerry joins our conversation as a leader in developing organizations and programs that impact the lives of his community. Since his 1997 retirement, Jerry has focused his considerable energies on grandparenting facilitation—helping multigenerational families work (and play) together to create a rich family life. He has partnered with JCC and YMCA to create a writing prompt program serving over four hundred grandparents on three continents and a virtual improv program with UK’s Nursery Theatre. He currently spearheads many school-based programs designed to strengthen connections between grandparents and their teenagers.

Deanna Shoss is a marketer, writer, and interculturalist based in Chicago. As Founder and CEO of Intercultural Talk, Inc., Deanna inspires people to learn, create, and contribute across their lifespans. She takes an intergenerational approach that combines online communication platforms such as websites/blogs, social media, and video with tried and true practices such as partnership building, email marketing, and in-person events. Deanna writes for the National Diversity Council and is the Tech Columnist for Grand Magazine. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and French and is a certified group fitness instructor. Learn more at interculturaltalk.com.

In our conversation, we discussed what motivated Jerry to write his book and how he and Deanna became connected and are working hard to deliver this timely message of getting grandparents engaged with their grandchildren. We also discuss how grandparents can be a part of the solution in helping grandchildren through complex mental and emotional issues.

Where Two Worlds Meet is an enjoyable read full of fantastic tips and examples that will help you become more intentional and involved with your grandchildren, please follow the links above and below to learn more about the work that Jerry and Deanna are doing and to order your copy of Where Two Worlds Meet.

If you know someone who would enjoy hearing this conversation, please forward this podcast episode to them. Sharing episodes like this one is the best way to help others learn about Grandfathers’ critical role in their families lives. Please remember to ‘like’ and subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t done so already.

Links

Click HERE to go to the website for Where Two Worlds Meet

Click HERE to read the article, Why American Teens Are So Sad

Click HERE to visit Deanna’s company Intercultural Talk

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EP – 77 RVing With Grandchildren

Our conversation with Jeanne and Ed Gaffney

Open roads, out-of-the-way adventures, and building relationships are just a few things that we talk about with Jeanne and Ed Gaffney. Through her article, “RVing with Grandchildren,” I found Jeanne on the Go RVing website (See the link below for the article). I thought this idea and experience sounded like great fun for grandfathers and grandmothers.

The Gaffneys share how they got into RVing while living out in Montana and started taking trips with their friends. Once Ed and Jeanne moved to Alabama and were closer to some of their grandchildren, they started taking two of their grandsons out with short trips to the local park. From starting with overnighters at the local lake to multiweek adventures to the mountains and their last trip to Key Largo for scuba certification.

Ed and Jeanne share valuable tips for anyone looking to start taking camping and RV trips with their grandchildren. A big bonus is just making sure the grandchildren can follow ‘the rules and stay the night away from their parents. Ed points out that camping is camping, and it doesn’t matter if it is ten miles down the road or across the country at a National Park. Jeanne discusses helping the grandchildren journal about their adventures and collects things like stamps or patches from the National Parks or places they visit.

Once you have listened to this fun episode, leave us a comment below about your memories of camping with your grandparents or camping with your grandchildren. What were your favorite adventures? What are some valuable tips that the other listeners could profit from?

Remember to like and share this podcast with your friends looking to create valuable and unique memories with their grandchildren.

Links

Click HERE to read Jeanne’s article about RVing with grandchildren

Click HERE to see a short video by Jeanne and Ed about RVing with grandchildren

Click HERE to visit Lazydays RV website

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EP – 75 Peekabond

Our conversation with Anieke Lamers

Our conversation is with Anieke Lamers. Anieke is an Ex-VC (Venture Capitalist) turned social entrepreneur on a mission to make every child feel special and connected to roots & loved ones.

In this conversation with Anneke, the co-founder of Peekabond, we discuss challenges that Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and anyone who is away from a young child in their family deal with every day. We talk about how Peekabond solves the problem of having little to no connections with the younger family members. Through hosting videos, creating fun activities for the children, and ensuring that the relationships between people in their Family Circle are safely secure.

You will enjoy listening to Anieke’s story about wanting to connect and be involved with her niece, who lives in Australia. Anieke talks about how Peekabond has formed a team of youth development experts combined with top-notch IT experts on building an easy-to-use multi-generational connectivity tool.

After you listen to this conversation, visit Peekabond (link below) to learn more about this fun application and how you can start using it today.

Remember to subscribe to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform and then leave us a comment about how you enjoyed this show.

Here are some fun pictures of Anieke and her niece

Anieke is having a great day with her niece
Anieke and her niece are having a stroll
Anieka is having a fun day

Links

Click HERE to download Peekabond for FREE

Click HERE to learn more about how Peekabond works

Click HERE to watch the demo video on the Peekabond website

If you would like to send Anieke an email, you can reach her at anieke@peekabond.com

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EP – 70 Living in the same neighborhood

Our conversation with Greg Vance

This conversation is with Greg Vance. Greg shares all the changes he had going on when the first grandchildren came along. We discussed how Greg was leaving corporate life and was building his coaching and consulting business. Greg discusses the changes in habits and lifestyle that were happening in the few years leading to welcoming in their first grandchild.

We discuss Greg’s relationship with his young grandchildren and grandchildren living within the same neighborhood. Greg talks about the logistics of keeping toys, clothes, and the important stuffed animals all squared away between two close homes. Greg compares his relationship with his grandparents, who lived about 20 minutes away from him growing up, to his relationship with his grandchildren.

You will enjoy Greg’s insights and delightful stories about being a grandparent. Be sure to check out Greg’s website (link below) to learn even more about Greg and connect with him.

Click HERE to visit Greg’s website, Career Meets Purpose.

Click HERE to visit Greg’s LinkedIn profile

Click HERE to connect with Greg on Twitter

Click HERE to connect with Greg on Facebook

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EP – 66 Grandparents and Meaningful Traditions

Our conversation with Rebecca Fraser-Thill

Rebecca Fraser-Thill joins us to talk about grandfathers, multi-generational relationships, and the importance of traditions within the family. We are introduced to Rebecca’s grandfather, Raymond Green, who lived about a half-hour from Rebecca. Although Rebecca talks about having a stronger bond with her grandmother, Raymond played an essential role in her life. They both enjoyed feeding the birds, spending the night at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house, and being silly together.

We then talk about Rebecca’s relationship between her children and her father. Rebecca shares how her daughter pulls out characteristics of her father that he usually does not let out so much. Rebecca’s son and her father share many characteristic traits, such as becoming very focused on technical and engineering challenges.

Towards the end of our conversation, Rebecca and I discuss the role of traditions within the family. Some of the many benefits that family traditions have are:

  1. A sense of belonging
  2. Creating and re-enforcing identity
  3. Creates stability and expectations within the family
  4. Develops positive emotions among the participants
  5. It is useful in creating multi-generational memories and bonds

Links

Click HERE to visit Rebecca’s website and learn more about her.

Click HERE to read Rebecca’s article, “How Family Traditions Build Stronger Bonds..”

Click HERE for the book we discussed, “In Good Faith: Secular Parenting in a Religious World.”

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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.

Be sure to share this episode with a friend and subscribe to the podcast if you have not done so yet.

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 – 28 Maj. General Rupertus Pt. 2

Welcome back! This is part 2 of my interview about Maj. General Rupertus, USMC. In this episode, Heather, Kim, and Amy join me to talk more about their extraordinary grandfather.

If you haven’t heard the first episode, I strongly recommend that you go back and listen to it. In fact, Click Here for the link to that first episode (26). In the first episode, we spend a lot of time going over the sisters’ motivation to dive into their grandfather’s story and connect with him even though they never met him.

In this fun second episode, we learn all about William H. Rupertus. Heather, Kim, and Amy take us on an exciting journey into their grandfather’s life. They share with us the fun times, the hard times, and their grandfather’s perseverance in this conversation. We learn firsthand from his loving granddaughters how he served his country, lost his first family in his country’s service and then led the First Marine Division during the early years of the War in the Pacific.

You can find many of the sisters’ helpful links to researching and documenting their grandfather’s experience in the first episode’s show notes (Click Here). Still, I am also providing a few key weblinks and references below, such as the Rifleman’s Creed.

When you want to reach out to Amy or any of the sisters with information about the China Marines in the 1930s or about the First Marine Division during the War in the Pacific, or would like to follow the development of their book on their grandfather please connect with them at:

@MajGenRupertus – Twitter

Amy’s Facebook group – Discovering My Grandfather MajorGen. William H. Rupertus, USMC

Let Amy and her sisters know that you have listened to their fascinating story on The Cool Grandpa Podcast and what your favorite story of theirs is with regards to their research and passion for connecting with their grandfather.

Below is an interview with Major General Rupertus

Interview with Major General Rupertus. Major General Rupertus’ remarks start at 17.39
The Rifleman’s Creed – Author Major General Rupertus
A young William Rupertus
1st Marine Div. Commander Gen. Rupertus is pointing out something on the map to the Army’s Gen. MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Chamberlain and Lt. Walter Krueger

EP 14 How to live to 107 and other life lessons

My fun conversation with Diana Bader

This fun episode is another conversation with a granddaughter of two COOL GRANDPAS. My awesome friend Diana shares her memories of Big Jack and Grandpa. We discuss how Diana learned first hand how important it is to be able to pivot in life when challenges and opportunities are presented to you.

We also discuss how her relationship with her grandpa manifested itself by him calling Diana in college to celebrate his hole in one while he was in his 80’s.

Diana also shares with us the list that she and her grandfather put together on how to live to be 107. (See Below)

My good friend Diana can be reached on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/Positively-Brilliant-Solutions-101075101556214

She can also be found at www.positively-brilliant.com