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.

Links

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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 – 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 – 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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EP – 55 Space to grow and explore

Our conversation with Thal Dixon

Welcome back to another fun conversation with someone from my past. Thal Dixon is a good friend of mine from our High School days. Thal is sitting down with us to have a conversation about his interesting and entertaining Grandpa Penrod.

Thal discusses how no matter where his family moved, his Grandpa and Grandma were a constant in his life. We even hear about how when Thal was going to school in Idaho he had his own room at his grandparent’s house. Thal also talks about the closeness that he had with his grandfather and how his grandfather allow Thal to grow and develop into the man he is today.

As we wrap up our conversation, we discuss Thal’s passion for poetry and writing children’s books. Thal shares how he was inspired as a young student in Hawaii by a classroom visitor who shared his poetry with Thal’s class. Today, Thal is going into classrooms to share his art and passion for writing.

Once you have listened to this conversation, be sure to like and share this podcast with a friend. Sharing with friends is the best way you can help to share this positive message about the influence of grandfathers.

Links

Thal’s Amazon author page

Thal’s “About Page”

Thal’s YouTube channel

Grumpy Publications Facebook Page

Grumpy Publications Website

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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.

Links

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 52 – Bonus Show – Creating Halloween Fun with the Grandkids

Our conversation with Uncle Rog

Ever wonder who those people are that go over the top at Halloween and have the best home haunt in the neighborhood? Meet Nationally recognized home haunt and prop designer expert Roger Hayes.

Order your drink and pull up a chair so you can join my conversation with Roger as we catch up about all things Halloween. Rog is an old friend of mine with whom I have had many adventures. Some adventures we even tell our wives about. So, come on, pull up a chair, and join us for some great conversation.

Roger and I cover basic grandkid costume safety, as well as general, trick-or-treat safety with the grandkids. BTW, Roger prefers makeup to masks. Roger also talks about how grandpas can give the neighborhood and community haunted house the ‘stiff test’ for fun and SAFETY before taking the little grand ghosts and grand goblins through a home haunt.

You would be surprised about the little details that can tip you off too if the home haunt is safe, professional, and likely to be an enjoyable experience for the grandkids.

Roger and I also talk about a few arts and crafts projects that grandpas can do with the grandkids. These arts and crafts projects can become a cool tradition that the kiddos get to do with grandpa each fall. We both agree that the artifacts that the kids make are going to become treasured memories of their time spent with their Cool Grandpa.

Roger is super talented as you will see when you visit his website and view the pictures below. All of the artwork that you see is original and comes from the genius of Roger’s mind.

Here are the links to Roger’s site and some cool pictures of Uncle Rog’s tombstone work.

Hayes Haunt

Roger’s Halloween Coloring Book

Hayes Haunt YouTube Video

Roger's Hayes Haunt Logo
A great example of one of Roger's tombstones for the NW Haunters Association
Roger's buddy, Harold Weir, with his personalized tombstone

EP – 51 Talking about Mental Health with Our Grandchildren

Our conversation with Dr. Gene Beresin, MD, MA

Our guest is Dr. Gene Beresin. Gene is a great guy and is working hard with the devoted staff of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. According to the center’s about page, The Clay Center “…is a free, practical, online educational resource dedicated to promoting and supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, teens, and young adults.”

I knew that Gene would be the perfect guest to talk about how grandparents can be part of helping grandchildren through emotional and mental health issues. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of building connections with our grandchildren. If problems arise, they and their parents feel comfortable including us in the difficult discussions around emotional health issues.

We discuss how being open with our emotional challenges can lessen the awkwardness and shame that children and others can feel when dealing with mental health issues. Gene and I also talk about the recent revelations from gymnast Simone Biles about withdrawing from the Uneven Bars and Vault in the 2021 Summer Olympics. Simone started to not feel like she was mentally able to compete and was dealing with a phenomenon known as the “twisties.” We both agree that having public discussions about mental health can and should go a long way in helping our grandchildren. We believe that the grandchildren need to know that they are not alone when they are experiencing challenges themselves and that hopefully, they will feel safe enough to talk to someone, including their grandparents.

Gene and I also talk about the grandfather’s role and how we, as grandfathers, are the keepers of the family narratives. Grandfathers offer a profound bridge to the past that can inspire and entertain our grandchildren. We often hold a hundred years or more of family history in our memories from our discussions with our grandparents.

You will be sure to enjoy this conversation. When you finish listening to Gene and me, be sure to check out the links below and leave us a comment about your big takeaway from our conversation.

Helpful Links

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Gene Beresin, MD, MA – About Page

The Value of Being a Grandparent: 7 Ways to Support Your Family’s Emotional Health – A great article written by Gene

Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple – The Clay Center’s Podcast (They will be starting season 5 very soon, be sure to check out their podcast!)

Sara Rattingan – Super Star Communication Specialist who helped to get Gene and me together. Thanks, Sara!

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