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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.

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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 – 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 – 108 Resource Reluctance

Our conversation with DeeDee Moore from More Than Grand

DeeDee Moore from More Than Grand stops by to have an engaging conversation about why we resist suggested resources that can strengthen relationships and help us enjoy our role as grandparents. We get into a really good discussion about what makes us initially say ‘No’ to resources about grandparenting or parenting when we are often open to having friends and family share resources about our hobbies or projects that we are working on.

This is a fun, informal conversation centered around a topic that can sometimes be puzzling. DeeDee and I have some thoughts about why people will resist having books or resources suggested to them that can help them enhance their relationships with their adult children AND grandchildren.

Towards the end of the conversation, DeeDee shares some of the resources she has carefully put together that parents and grandparents can use to maintain and develop their relationships to deeper levels of love and trust. Plus, DeeDee has created high-value resources that help plan activities such as Holiday get-togethers at a practical level reducing the stress and anxiety that sometimes accompanies family gatherings.

Link

To listen to our first conversation with DeeDee, click HERE.

Click HERE to purchase DeeDee’s valuable resource, A Grandparent’s Guide to Happy Holidays.

If you would like to check out More Than Grand, click HERE.

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EP – 107 Teaching Gratitude

Our monthly one-on-one conversation

This week’s conversation is about how we, as Grandfathers, can help our grandchildren develop a spirit of gratitude. This is a short conversation (since it is Thanksgiving weekend), but if there is a good nugget here. I think you can use it with your family and grandchildren.

I borrowed much of this information from a fantastic talk my wife, Karen, gave at our church. I figured that she had some good stuff, so why change it?

Teaching grandchildren to have a spirit of gratitude creates a firebreak in the lives of those who adopt that spirit. A firebreak is a physical barrier created to prevent fire from spreading.

Gratitude can create a barrier against the spread of negative thoughts and emotions. Gratitude doesn’t prevent negativity from coming into our lives but can prevent negativity from running wild.

Here are three things you can do to help grandchildren develop a spirit of gratitude:

  1. When they are young, ask them what made them happy today.
  2. Ask them what they are thankful for that day when they are older.
  3. When they hit the early to mid-teenage years, you can start to ask them what they are grateful for.

These questions are based on the grandchild’s development and what they can relate to as the concepts become more abstract. Below is a great graphic on the positive side effects of developing a grateful mindset.

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

Here is the link to the Ben Rector song, The Thanksgiving Song

If you would like to support the show, you can “Buy me a Coffee” by donating a few dollars to the show. To support the show, click HERE.

Ready to check out Make Momentos? Click HERE to be taken to a landing page created just for you.

To Join Dan Miller’s 48 Days Membership group (I am a part of this group), you need to sign up for the waiting list. Dan only opens up the group for short periods. To reserve your spot in the 48-Days community, click HERE.

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EP – 106 Grandmas 2.0

Our conversation with Dr. Marsha McLean

Hold on to your hats! Dr. Marsha McLean is bringing fun and energy to this week’s conversation. Marsha is talking to us about how she initially was reluctant to have the title of Grandma. Why? Because Grandmothers traditionally have seemed very old and normally not in the best physical health. Marsha soon embraced her role as Grandma AND, as a result, created Grandmas 2.0 and wouldn’t change a thing.

The purpose of Grandmas 2.0 is to help grandmas redefine, realign, and redesign their lives. A 2.0 Grandma is not like the grandmas of the past. 2.0 Grandmas focus on living a healthy lifestyle. They love their grandchildren but want to make sure they live their best life.

As Marsha defines it, living your best life is about being healthy, being well; physically and mentally, being fashionable, being beautiful inside and out, and being financially and technologically fit as well.

We have an absolute blast talking and exploring the Grand Trips that Marsha and her husband take the grandchildren on. They use Grand Trips to help the grandchildren plan and execute road trips and figure out the budget to include money for play and money for the trip.

Marsha embraces the notation of best put down by poet Dylan Thomas:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

This is not to say that Marsha is not happy to be a grandmother and aging, but rather, Marsha is the tip of the spear in helping women as they become a grandmother to CHOOSE how they want to embrace their role AND define how they want to live their life.

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.

Link

To visit Grandmas 2.0, click HERE.

You can connect with Marsha on Facebook by clicking HERE.

If you are on Pinterest, you can click HERE to check out Grandmas 2.0 on that platform.

If you would like to support the show, you can “Buy me a Coffee” by donating a few dollars to the show. To support the show, click HERE.

Ready to check out Make Momentos? Click HERE to be taken to a landing page created just for you.

To Join Dan Miller’s 48 Days Membership group (I am a part of this group), you need to sign up for the waiting list. Dan only opens up the group for short periods. To reserve your spot in the 48-Days community, click HERE.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

EP – 105 Grandpas Starting or growing a Side Business

Our conversation with James Divine

James ‘Papa Jimmy’ Divine is back to discuss his experience creating multiple side businesses while working full-time as a band teacher in a Title 1 school. James talks to us about his journey from transitioning from the U.S. Army to becoming a music teacher and the process it took to earn his Master’s in Music Education while in the Army and raising a family.

We get into an interesting conversation about the mindset of starting side businesses. How grandfathers can find the time to write a book or create a course. We also discuss mentors and coaches we have used to help us to get clarity about what businesses or projects we are involved in. As part of our discussion about mentors, we listen to Dan Miller’s 48 Day’s podcast and Dave Ramsey’s radio program. James and I also went through Chris LoCurto’s Next Level Life event.

James is incredibly open and honest in talking about how he has worked and continues to work on overcoming a negative mindset. The mindset was part naturally occurring and part of the environment that he grew up in. James outlines a great way to overcome or improve your negative mindset. His number one piece of advice is to “keep moving forward.”

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.

Link

Here is the link to my previous conversation with James Divine (Episode 13): A Cool Teacher Dedicated to Helping Young People Succeed.

James has generously offered the listeners of this episode an 50% discount on any of the products in his store IF you use the discount code COOL GRANDPA. Click HERE to go directly to James’ store and take advantage of this awesome deal!

Click HERE to visit James’ website and see all his great products and services. You can also connect to James on social media and email by clicking those links on James’ website.

Click HERE to visit Ramsy Solutions, learn more about Dave Ramsey, and listen to his daily radio program.

Ready to check out Make Momentos? Click HERE to be taken to a landing page created just for you.

To Join Dan Miller’s 48 Days Membership group (I am a part of this group), you need to sign up for the waiting list. Dan only opens up the group for short periods. To reserve your spot in the 48-Days community, click HERE.

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EP – 104 Grandparenting 101

Our conversation with Richard Eyre

Richard Eyre is back to talk about a new program he and his wife, Linda, have created called Grandparenting 101. Richard was previously on the podcast to talk about his book, “Being A Proactive Grandfather.” You can listen to that conversation by clicking on the link below.

Linda and Richard have created a six-part course to help grandparents navigate this evolving role of being a Grandparent. Grandparents today seek guidance and support on maximizing their impact with their multi-generational family. With few books and resources available, Grandparenting 101 is a fantastic resource where Richard and Linda help to guide grandparents through important topics such as:

  • The Higher Perspective, Priority, and Paradigm of More Effective Grandparenting. (Examining the roles and priorities of being a grandparent)
  • Grandparenting Goals and Roles (by age)
  • Deep Life Relationships with Individual Grandkids
  • Smart Support (How and when to provide financial support)
  • Values and Faith
  • Being the Link and the Trunk (You are the link between the grandchildren and their ancestors)

You will enjoy listening to how the course was inspired and how it has helped bring together experts in this new and growing field of Grandparenting.

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.

Link

Click HERE to find out more and to sign up for Grandparenting 101.

You can listen to the previous conversation that Richard and I had about his book, “Being A Proactive Grandfather,” by clicking HERE.

To check out and purchase Richard’s book, “Being A Proactive Grandfather,” click HERE to order the book from Amazon.

Also, check out Richard and Linda’s podcast, “Eyres on the Road.”

Ready to check out Make Momentos? Click HERE to be taken to a landing page created just for you.

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EP – 103 BabyBoomer.org

Our conversation with Gramps Jeffrey

Hold for HTML

Where can you find information that baby boomers can trust AND about topics that baby boomers care about? The answer is that it is hard to find all this information in one place. Well, Gramps Jeffrey and several other baby boomers decided to create their information aggregator site focused on the needs, and information Boomers can use to navigate retirement, family, work, and their money.

Gramps Jeffrey is a return guest to the podcast and is excited to share BabyBoomer.org with The Cool Grandpa Podcast audience. Gramps dives into the details of what defines the Boomer generation, from shared tragedy to shared accomplishments and even some of the greatest pop and rock music ever recorded.

We discuss the goals for Babyboomer.org, which are to become:

  • One trusted media source which collects and curates all the news, resources, and shows of interest for the Baby Boomer generation
  • – Become the designated home for all Baby Boomer directed media consolidating Baby Boomer podcast shows, blogs, YouTube events, and social media
  • NEWS – curated articles, podcasts, shows, and reviews from trustworthy sources
  • RESOURCE GUIDE – categorized resource links, service providers, online education, entertainment, travel & health facts, and more
  • COMMUNITY – a single online community dedicated to Baby Boomers with unlimited special interest groups by topic, location, and more

You will enjoy this entertaining and data field discussion of not only the Boomer Generation but also the Greatest Generation and Generation X. Make sure that you check out BabyBoomer.org and all the incredible resources they have made available in their community.

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.

Link

Click HERE to listen to my conversation with Gramps Jeffrey about his fantastic children’s book, “I Don’t Want to Turn Three.”

Click HERE to visit and explore BabyBoomer.org.

You can find more information about “I Don’t Want to Turn Three” by clicking HERE to visit the website.

You can check out “I Don’t Want to Turn Three” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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EP – 102 Bullying is a Tangled Ball

Our conversation with Susan Raisch

Susan Raisch joins our conversation today about bullying and how grandparents can be a resource in identifying and resolving children dealing with bullying. We discuss the difference between what is just a bad interaction and what experiences are actual bullying encounters.

Susan explains that there are three main points to bullying vs. a bad interaction with another youth or adult. Those three main points are:

  1. Is the interaction intentional?
  2. Is the exchange repeated?
  3. Does the interaction create an imbalance of power?

We discuss how grandparents can be an important resource in identifying when a grandchild is being bullied by communicating with the grandchild and being the trusted adult that the grandchild needs in their life. More than half of all children involved with bullying do not tell an adult about the challenge they are facing. Susan talks about how listening is the most effective action that grandparents can do when identifying and dealing with children being bullied.

You will want to listen to this critical conversation several times to digest all the great information Susan shares about bullying.

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.

Link

Click HERE to visit the Tangled Ball website and resources. Remember to check out the merchandise designated to help the people of Ukraine.

Click HERE to join Tangled Ball on Facebook.

To connect and follow Tangled Ball on Instagram, click HERE.

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EP – 101 Humor is Where the Heart is

Our conversation with Lee Gaitan

Had a bad bounce in life? Have you ever struggled to explain to a four-year-old grandchild that a cheese sandwich cut diagonally tastes EXACTLY the same as one cut down the middle? This week’s guest, Lee Gaitan, has had those same experiences.

My good friend Lee sits down with us to share her experience of being a grandmother, a mother, a wife, a teacher, and most importantly (in my book), a funny person. We discuss her reaction to learning that she would be a grandmother for the first time. Lee shares with us her story of running around an empty college building to find someone, anyone, to share the good news of her becoming a grandmother.

Lee and I also discuss the importance of pulling out the humor lens when looking at life’s everyday decisions and when you experience what Lee calls ‘a bad bounce’. We talk about the importance of writing down the funny and humorous moments in our lives as a way of passing on our story and our family’s stories of the good times, bad times, and funny times.

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 Lee’s Website.

Click HERE to enjoy our mutual friend, Jerry Zezima, who also discusses finding humor in our everyday lives.

Click HERE to learn more about Erma Bombeck

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Bonus – Halloween Fun with the Grandkids

Our conversation with Uncle Rog

Ever wonder who those people 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 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 costumes and 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 discuss a few arts and crafts projects 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 the kids make will 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.

Links

Hayes Haunt

Roger’s Halloween Coloring Book

Hayes Haunt YouTube Video

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EP – 100th Episode

Our time to catch up and celebrate

Well, it was bound to happen. This is my 100th episode of The Cool Grandpa Podcast!

In trying to think about what to do for my 100th show, I thought about putting together a collection of stories from past interviews. I had even thought about making the whole show just kind of a party by having some of the previous guests on to chat about where they are now in their Grandpa journey or what they have learned since our last conversation.

Neither of those other options seemed right to me, so I thought I would invite my good friend, Russell Wynne, to the show to interview me. I thought this would be a good way to catch new listeners on how and why I started the podcast. It would also let the audience know more about my road map for this Cool Granpa website and The Cool Grandpa podcast.

If you have been a long-time sufferer…er I mean, listener, thank you for your patience and support. If you are a newer listener, thanks for joining our fun and informative conversation.

I have included links below to Russell’s episode. I have also included links to Steve Owen’s and Erik K Johnson’s websites. I encourage you to check out their podcasts and to reach out to Erik if you are thinking of starting a podcast or if you could use some help in fine-tuning your existing podcast.

Once again, thank you to each of the podcast listeners and especially to all the guests I have had on the show. YOUR support and encouragement are what have made this journey so wonderful.

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 Russell’s conversation with me back on episode 8

Click HERE to listen to Steve Owens’ Fascination Street Podcast

Click HERE to visit Erik K Johnson’s website, Podcast Talent Coach

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