EP – 116 Don’t Fade Away

Our Monthly One-On-One Conversation

The Cool Grandpa Podcast

About six weeks into the New Year, the gyms start to empty again, and for a lot of us, there is a fading of our work on intentions, goals, resolutions, “word of the year,” and even dreams. Why do we fade, and why do we stop working toward our dreams and goals?

Well, for many of us, we missed out on a few key steps between dreaming and execution. In this podcast, I talk about how we can start strong, stay strong, and work towards our resolutions throughout the month, quarter, and year.

Here are my recommendations for ensuring we all progress and experience success throughout the year.

  • Write your goals, resolutions, and intentions down on the 3×5-inch card.
  • Below your goal, write out your ‘WHY.’ Why is the is goal important? Make sure your WHY is strong enough to motivate you to keep working on the goal when the going gets tough, or you are likely to quit.
  • Write out when you are going to reach this goal. You might have short-term goals, medium-length, and long-term goals. Your goals need a deadline. Without a deadline, you will not be driven to make any progress, and you’ll likely stop working on your goal.
  • Make a copy onto another 3×5 card of what you just wrote.
  • Keep one set of cards by your bed and the other by your place of work or where you spend most of your day.
  • Read your cards 2x per day to help reinforce what it is you are steadily working on. Read your cards when your day is in the toilet to help remind you of the person and circumstances you are working towards.

Bonus Points

Okay, here is where you can earn some bonus points from me and pour a bit of jet fuel on the fire inside that you are igniting by writing down your goals.

  • Read your cards every day for 30 days. If you miss a day, start your count over. During the 30 days, take a minute after you have read your goal to think about what progress you have made or what circumstances have “fallen in line” for you to progress towards your goal.
  • Share a goal or goals with a friend. Ask them to check in with you from time to time about your progress on your goal. We all need to have that person that we don’t want to let down and who will kick us in the shorts when we haven’t made any progress on our goal(s) since our last conversation with them.
  • If you have a grandchild old enough, share one or more goals with them AND ask them to be accountable partners. This action will create some great discussion points between you and your grandchild AND allow them to help you with a project.

No matter what your goal is, remember that reaching the goal is only part of what makes someone successful. The other part is the change that takes place as you work towards that goal.

‘Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.’

Earl Nightingale

Links

You can now purchase my children’s book, My Grandpa’s Grandpa, directly from my website. Click HERE for the link.

My children’s book, My Grandpa’s Grandpa, is now available for download. You can download the Kindle version by clicking on this LINK.

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EP – 115 Using Work as a Connection Point with your Grandchildren

Our Conversation with Dr. Kerry Byrne

Four in ten American grandparents are still working, managing a career, and often as busy as they were before the grandchildren arrived. Dr. Kerry Byrne from The Long Distance Grandparent joins the conversation today to help remind all of us that our work and day-to-day lives can make fantastic connection points for our grandchildren.

Sometimes we don’t think of our lives, especially our work lives, as remarkable or something someone else would be curious about. But we are wrong. Most of us do exciting work, and while the ‘newness’ of your work may have worn off for you, your grandchild might find it extremely interesting. Many of us interact with interesting people and see unique situations that even many of our friends don’t get to see or experience.

Grandparents still in the workforce can be creative when sharing with their grandchildren about their workplaces, the people they work with, and the type of work they do. Also, taking an hour a week to plan how you will connect with your grandchild can go a long way toward being connected and sharing your experiences with them.

After you have listened to this episode, remember to like and subscribe to the show if you haven’t already. Please share this podcast with three friends that could use this valuable information. 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

To join The Long Distant Grandparent, click HERE

You can join me in The Long Distant Grandparent Society by clicking HERE. This is an excellent resource for grandparents looking for support in connecting with grandchildren who are distant from us.

My children’s book, My Grandpa’s Grandpa, is now available for download. You can download the Kindel version by clicking on this LINK.

I would appreciate it if you could support the show. You can support the show through “Buy me a Coffee” and donate a few dollars by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to be taken to a Make Momentos landing page created just for you.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

EP – 113 Grandfamilies

Our Conversation with Dr. Glenda Clare

Dr. Glenda Clare is an expert on Grandparents raising Grandchildren. We jump into the conversation, talking about the differences between multigenerational homes and Grandfamilies. Dr. Glenda Clare and I also discuss some of the “Ds” that cause Grandparents to take over daily care of raising Grandchildren. Some of those “Ds” are:

  • DRUGS
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • DETENTION
  • DIVORCE
  • DEPLOYMENT
  • DISSERTATION
  • DEPORTATION
  • DISABILITY

We also address what support is and is not available for Grandparents who are taking on the raising of their Grandchildren. One of the most significant areas that Grandparents need who are raising their Grandchildren is to create a connection with them.

Grandparents need little acts of kindness and to know who they can rely on for support with babysitting, running errands, and, most importantly, just being an ear that a Grandparent can use to vent to, bounce ideas off of, AND know that someone cares about their situation.

Links

Click HERE to visit Dr. Glenda Clare’s website.

Please connect with Dr. Glenda Clare on LinkedIn by clicking HERE.

If you want to support the show, you can “Buy me a Coffee” by donating a few dollars to the show 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.

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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 – 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 – 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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