EP – 87 Stories With Grandpa

Our conversation with Josiah Fogle

Josiah Fogle has created children’s books to help his children experience the vital lessons that John Fogle instilled in him. Josiah admired his father and was influenced by him through spending years as a family in the Philippines as missionaries. Through writing about Grandpa John, Josiah has built a bridge between his father’s legacy and Josiah’s children, who are learning about their grandfather through actual family stories and memories and impactful children’s books.

We continue our discussion and dive into the world of writing and publishing for both children’s books and grown-up books. Josiah is a Sales Development Manager with the organization Self Publishing School. You will learn that one thing that sets Josiah apart from many other people working in the publishing game is that Josiah IS a published author.

In our conversation, Josiah educates us on the different types of publishing available today, from simple ebooks to traditional publishing. We discuss the pros and cons of each publishing method and how many successful authors started their journey by choosing the self-publishing route. Josiah also discusses the many services that Self Publishing School has to offer.

All this conversation about publishing and the different options available to authors today will hopefully motivate YOU to jump into the game to create the story that only YOU can tell.

Once you have finished listening to this episode, please remember to like and subscribe to the podcast. Josiah and I would also be excited if you were to share this conversation with a friend who would enjoy our chat and who would also get value in learning more about writing and publishing a book.

Remember to leave a short note in the comments section below about what part of this conversation inspired you. Josiah and I would love to hear from you and what your “Aha moment” was from our conversation.

Links

Click HERE to visit Josiah’s website, Stories With Grandpa. Be sure to check out the different books he has there. Maybe one of them would make an excellent present for your grandchild.

Click HERE to visit Josiah’s LinkedIn profile.

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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 – 82 Grandparenting on Purpose

Our conversation with Winn Egan

Winn and Linda Egan developed and shared their views on grandparenting with their friends during a get-together. They discussed how grandparents could be active participants in their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. With more and more data being reported about issues around isolation, depression, and the like with teenagers, being an active grandparent is vital to helping grandchildren to become happy and healthy adults.

Winn talks with us about how he and his wife Linda took the basis for that gathering of friends and crafted those topics and experiences into the book, Grandparenting on Purpose. Join Winn and me as we talk about the fun ways grandparents can lead their families to grow connections that can withstand the occasional hurt feelings and miscommunication that can and do happen within families.

Winn also goes into great detail about how you can boost your interactions with the grandchildren to be ‘over the top.’ Winn talks about how these ‘over the top’ activities help create bonds that get the grandchildren looking forward to the next big family get-together or special event, like a special dinner before a school formal.

I am sure that by the end of listening to this conversation, you will be encouraged and inspired to look for ways to increase your level of connection with your grandchildren. That extra step forward in your relationship with your grandchildren motivates Winn to talk about and share his message of Grandparenting on Purpose.

Once you have enjoyed this conversation, please remember to like and subscribe to the podcast. Also, share this conversation with a friend who would enjoy hearing Winn’s stories about building strong family connections.

Links

Click HERE to view the Grandparenting on Purpose website

Click HERE to order your book, Grandparenting on Purpose from Amazon

Click HERE to connect with Winn on Facebook

Click HERE to connect with Winn on LinkedIn

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EP – 81 Grandpas as Coaches

A one-on-one with you

This episode is another one-on-one conversation with you and me. I open up the conversation with a quick trip report from my last trip to Virginia the week before Easter. I spent a lot of time with my grandson, who is almost four years old. I confess that spending multiple days with him wore me out physically and mentally.

It has been a long time since I chased toddlers around a playground and museum for hours at a time. I also forgot that three-and-a-half-year-olds don’t just play 20 questions; they play 120 questions and tend to compress those questions into a 25-minute car ride.

It was a great trip being around my grandson and granddaughters, but it was also nice to hand them off at the end of the day and have some time to recharge my batteries before the next round of adventures.

I also want to talk to you about grandfathers taking on the role of a coach in our relationship with our grandchildren. You might think of being a coach in other terms, such as teacher, mentor, guide, or another title. Use whatever title makes sense to you, but grandfathers ARE leaders AND motivators for our grandchildren and children.

We dive into what are some good characteristics of a good coach. Good coaches are made up of the following attributes:

Understands Life and Leads by Example

Sponge for Knowledge

Shares the Knowledge

Deeply knows the player (grandchild)

Energizes and Motivates Others

Good Listener

After listening to this episode, I hope that you think about the attributes of the good coaches and mentors you had in your life. Do you intentionally practice and take on the attribute of a coach when it comes to your relationship with your grandchildren?

Links

Click HERE to listen to my one-on-one show about being a cheerleader.

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EP – 80 The GaGa Sisterhood

Our conversation with Donne Davis

This week’s guest is Donne Davis. Donne started the GaGa Sisterhood group to bring inspiration, support, and tools to grandmothers worldwide. Donne became a grandmother in 2003, and for over nineteen years, she has been on a mission to connect with other grandmas and explore the evolving role of being a grandmother.

Donne and I start our conversation by discussing her experience in becoming a grandmother and its impact on her life. Donne explains that when the midwife held up her first granddaughter, Donne was GaGa for that grandchild and has been committed to her grandchildren ever since.

We also dive into how the role of being a grandmother and a grandfather has changed in a short time. Donne and I agree that loving and supporting our grandchildren starts with loving and supporting their parents. Both of us agree that the parents often get left out of the grandparent/ grandchild relationship equation.

Donne was motivated to write a book for grandmothers after realizing the relationship with the grandchild’s parents can present challenges in understanding each other’s perspectives. Her book is titled: “When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand: 4 Keys to L.O.V.E. your Grandchild’s Parents“.

Once you have listened to this conversation, please share it with a friend and especially a grandmother who would enjoy listening to this episode. Links to Donne’s website and different connections are listed below.

Be sure to leave Donne and me a comment below about what you enjoyed about this episode.

Links

Click HERE to be taken to Donne’s GaGa Sisterhood website. Donne sends out a monthly newsletter called the GaGazine, which you can subscribe to on her website’s homepage.

Click HERE to follow Donne on Instagram.

Click HERE to connect with Donne on Facebook.

Click HERE to connect with Donne on Twitter.

You can check out Donne on Pinterest by clicking HERE

Here is the link to my conversation with Kerry Byrne about her group, The Longdistance Grandparent, that Donne and I referenced.

Click HERE to learn more about the Moby Wrap

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EP – 79 Meet the Grandchildren Where They Are

Our conversation with Ed Gaffney

Our conversation this week is with Ed Gaffney. We talked with Ed a few episodes ago about RVing with grandchildren. (The link to that conversation is in the links below.) Ed shares with us how he and his wife Jeanne found out that they would be grandparents at a Billy Joel and Elton John concert.

Ed shares his experience with integrating his family with Jeanne’s to form a blended family. We learn through Ed’s stories how the children adapted to each other a bit faster than the other family members. We also learn how Ed and Jeanne stay connected with their grandchildren through on-site visits, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and other technology tools.

Once you have listened to this conversation, share it with a friend who would enjoy listening to this episode and might need encouragement with their relationships.

Be sure to leave Ed and me a comment below about what you enjoyed about this episode.

Links

Click HERE to check out the episode with Ed and his wife, Jeanne

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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 – 76 Being a Cheerleader

Our One on One

This episode is a chance for you and me to catch up. It has been a month or so since we last spoke. In this conversation, I talk about the critical role of being a grandfather who is a cheerleader for their grandchild.

I review the different ages of development and the various ways that grandfathers can be intentional about encouraging and cheering on grandchildren. Grandchildren at different ages need different types of encouragement.

As former guest Richard Eyre says, “Kids thrive, flourish, and blossom in the light of the thoughtful, specific, sincere compliments, particularly from grandfathers!” I couldn’t agree more. Grandfathers add that extra spark to a grandchild’s life when given a compliment and encouragement to do well at tasks they attempt.

I believe, like so many of our guests and experts, that grandfathers can act a bit like a seawall where our actions and words can break up some of the negativity that comes at our grandchildren. How a grandfather encourages and cheers on their grandchildren must evolve to meet the grandchildren’s needs. Our cheerleading must also be honest and provide truthful feedback. As the grandchildren grow, they are looking for mentors, like grandfathers, to encourage them and help them improve.

How are you a cheerleader for your grandchildren? How are you showing them that you are 100% on their side? Leave me a comment below and share your experience with being a cheerleader.

Links

Click HERE to enjoy our conversation with Richard Eyre

Click HERE to enjoy our conversation with Frank Sinclair

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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 – 72 Collateral Influence

Our conversation with Armando Garcia

Armando Garcia is this week’s guest. Armando and I discuss his relationship with his six young grandchildren. We talk about how Armando is using his life experience and his experience as a 48 Days and Zigler certified coach to help his grandchildren learn and interpret the world around them.

Armando discusses how he has implemented a book club with his grandchildren where he incentivizes them to read classic books about motivation, money, and life. Armando talks about how he starts the book club reasonably early in their life and then tappers it off as they grow older, and the habit of reading uplifting books has already taken hold.

We get into a fun conversation about how Armando also presents each of the grandchildren (boy or girl) with a pocket knife when they are old enough to be responsible for the tool. Armando and I talk about how important it is to have milestones in a young person’s life to leave one stage behind and move into a new chapter with added responsibilities and privileges.

You are going to enjoy all the stories and wisdom that Armando shares about his experience with being a grandpa, a youth sports coach, and a parent to his adult children. Please share with us what your favorite takeaway was with this conversation. Also, be sure to check out all the links below and connect with Armando.

Links

Click HERE to visit Armando’s Facebook Page

Click HERE to visit Armando’s coaching website, On Target Achievement

Click HERE to view Armando’s LinkedIn profile

Click HERE to be taken to Dave Wadsworth’s book, Living in the Ditch: 1 Ditch 2 Boys and 3000 adventures

Click HERE to listen to my conversation with Dave Wadsworth

Click HERE to visit Dan Miller’s 48 Days community

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