EP – 94 Kinoo

Our conversation with Jim Marggaff

Jim Marggaff joins the conversation this week to talk about his latest company, Kinoo. Kinoo is an interactive application specifically designed to increase multigenerational relations when there is a distance between the young ones and the, let’s say, more seasoned ones.

If Jim’s name doesn’t ring a bell right off, that’s okay, but I bet you know of at least one of the companies he has either started or has been part of. Jim is the founder and voice of LeapPad Learning System. Jim also was behind Livescribe Smartpen. You could say that since leaving college, Jim has been passionate about using technology to help teach problem-solving AND enhance connections through the use of technology.

In our conversation, we talked about Jim’s pursuit of solving problems and how he has worked through a process of keeping a ‘problem reservoir’ with at least three problems. The ‘problem reservoir’ is a mental bucket that you ponder and think about a problem and work up a solution in your mind before putting pen to paper. Jim shares with us how using this method, his son, Blake, was able to win the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

We then start discussing Jim’s current company, Kinoo. Kinoo is no ordinary screen time app for children, it uses a combination of physical interactions mixed with problem-solving to engage youngsters. By incorporating the wand into the fun, children stay focused and active 10x longer than a typical phone or video call.

Jim has once again gathered experts to create a unique experience that allows grandparents and others to gamify the problem-solving experience for young children. The activities available on Kinoo range from the typical memory-style interactions to a fishing simulation and even baking. Grandparents and other adults love Kinoo because it does keep the young ones engaged in play and conversation. The children love Kinoo because they are not just holding a phone to their ear or watching a boring old adult talk to them. The children look forward to playtime with the adult.

Links

Click HERE to visit Kinoo and review their awesome application.

To view Jim’s TedEx presentation, “Extreme Thinking for Extreme Problems,” click HERE.

Click HERE to view the book “Pattern Thinking” by R. Buckminster Fuller.

If you want to review Jim’s book “How to Raise a Founder With Heart,” click HERE.

Click HERE to follow Jim on LinkedIn.

Click HERE to register for the week-long event that Grandparents Academy hosts from September 11-17.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

Click on this link to learn and sign up for Readeo.

EP – 93 Grandparents Academy

Our conversation with Aaron Larsen

Aaron Larsen stops by The Cool Grandpa Podcast to talk about his fantastic grandparents. Grandparents who not only were there to love and encourage Aaron but who also gave him needed proddings. Aaron was a young man just out of school, and his confidence when was shaken. Through love and support, his grandparents helped him to discover where he should be receiving his value and self-worth in life.

We dive into Aaron’s experience with living with his grandparents. He shares several examples of how his grandparents intentionally built connection points around Aaron’s interests. Aaron discusses how his Grandpa Grit, after suffering a stroke, helped Aaron find his voice through the connection of music.

Aaron also discusses the creation and purpose of Grandparents Academy. Grandparents Academy is a place a resource that enables grandparents to use existing technology and applications to build connection points with their grandchildren. The resources available at Grandparents Academy include guides, videos, and blog posts. These resources have reached millions of grandparents, and thousands have enrolled from all over the globe.

September 11th through the 17th, Grandparents Academy will host a complete week-long celebration of grandparents. This week-long event will feature expert interviews and training. Click on the affiliate link below or HERE to register for this event.

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 GrandparentsAcademy.com, and be sure to register for your Downloadable guides and free resources. 

To connect with Grandparent Academy on Facebook, click HERE. Aaron is creating fun and inspiring posts to share with the family.

Click HERE to view a video of Aaron singing with his band from ten years ago. It is great to see how his grandfather encouraged him to get into music.

Click HERE to register for the week-long event that Grandparents Academy hosts from September 11-17.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

Click on this link to learn and sign up for Readeo.

EP – 91 Adventures with Grammy

Our conversation with Carolyn Berry

Carolyn Berry, from the podcast, Adventures with Grammy, joins us to discuss her experience being a grandmother AND a podcaster. We talk about her memories of learning that she would become a grandmother for the first time and what a special time that was for her.

Carolyn also talks to us about how she uses her farm and trips to State and National Parks to create adventures for her grandchildren. We both agree that adventures do not have to be high risk or involve lots of money. Sometimes the best adventures are when we help our grandchildren explore the world around them.

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 listen to my conversation with Carolyn on Adventures with Grammy.

Click HERE to visit the Adventures with Grammy website.

Click HERE to connect with Carolyn on Instagram.

Click HERE to learn more about the Cold Harbor Battlefield.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

Click on this link to learn and sign up for Readeo.

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

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

Click on this link to learn and sign up for Readeo.

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 – 71 Building Love and Affection Over Distances

Our one on one conversation

This week, we catch up one-on-one to discuss how we can build up love and affection with grandchildren who live away from us. The basis for this conversation comes from a guest blog that I wrote for Peekabond. Peekabond is a new company building an application to assist people with building and maintaining long-distance relationships with young ones.

In this conversation, I discuss the need to have a plan for communicating and sharing communications with grandchildren. We then discuss four ways to build up and strengthen those long-distance relationships. The four areas are:

  1. Send fun pictures and videos
  2. Video chats when you can (Peekabond can help with this item!)
  3. Virtual playtime
  4. Snail mail

We live in an age where we can take full advantage of voice and video to communicate to those young ones that we hold dear to us. By taking a few intentional steps and making plans with their parents about how and when to share with children, we can build up relationships where those children can TRULY KNOW US compared to us being remote but loving strangers.

To read more on how you can build Love and Affection with Grandchildren at a distance, please check out my guest blog and be sure to check out Peekabond.

Click HERE to read my guest blog

Click HERE to check out Peekabond

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EP – 69 Stories from Grandparents

Our conversation with Robin and Stephanie

This week’s conversation is with Robin and Stephanie from the podcast ‘Stories from Grandparents’. Robin and Stephanie discuss the concept for their podcast and how they have been learning and capturing interesting stories from everyday people. ‘Stories from Grandparents’ is unique in that Robin and Stephanie facilitate grandchildren interviewing their grandparents about different topics.

We also learn more about Robin and Stephanie’s exciting relationships with their grandparents. You will want to join us for this fun and fascinating conversation. If you are interested in being on their podcast and interviewing your grandparents or just sharing a funny story about one of your grandparents, click the link below and fill out their short questionnaire. It is straightforward, and Robin and Stephanie are extraordinary women you will enjoy getting to know.

Click HERE to be taken to the Stories from Grandparents website

Click HERE to be taken to the Stories from Grandparents Facebook page

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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 – 53 More than Grand

Our conversation with Dee Dee Moore

This week, we talk with DeeDee Moore. DeeDee was in a similar spot as I was when she found out that she was going to be a grandmother. That spot was that This week, we talked with DeeDee Moore. DeeDee was in a similar spot as I was when she found out that she would be a grandmother. That spot was that there were some articles, podcasts, and magazines, but nothing designed to help grandmas or grandpas understand their new roles.

Taking what she had experienced as a mom, elementary school office lady, and years as a communications consultant Dee Dee started More Than Grand. More Than Grand is dedicated to letting parents know how important the role of being a grandparent is in the lives of the grandchildren and grown children.

You are sure to enjoy this conversation, so lace up those shoes if you are going for a walk or pull up a chair if you are taking a break from your busy day and join DeeDee and me for a fun discussion.

After you listen to this conversation, be sure to share it with a friend.

Links

More Than Grand – DeeDee’s website and community

New Grandparent Essentials – One of the resources that DeeDee talked about

About DeeDee – The about page for More Than Grand and DeeDee

Affiliate Links

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