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.

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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.

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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

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EP – 111 Memories of Strong and Loving Italian Grandfathers (Bonus Show)

Our bonus conversation with Vinnie Tortorich

This is a bonus edition of a fantastic interview that I had with Vinnie Tortorich back in December 2020. I thought it would be great to share this conversation again.

My guest on this episode is Vinnie Tortorich. Vinnie is a successful celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. Vinnie has a successful podcast, Fitness Confidential, and is just a cool all-around good guy.

Vinnie sits down and shares memories of his strong and loving Italian grandfathers. Vinnie and I dive into how his family immigrated to Louisiana from Italy. What his great-grandfathers and grandfathers did for a living in the bayous of Louisiana and how in just one generation, the family moved from sharecroppers and immigrant fishermen into the American middle class through a lot of hard work and sacrifice.

Vinnie shares a touching and inspiring story about how one of his grandfathers used to work as a janitor, doing the work of three men and then, on the weekends, delivering bulk mud to the oil and natural gas wells in the area. 

Through all the hard work and sacrifice Vinnie’s grandfathers experienced, his biggest memory is their love for their family and grandchildren. 

Links

Vinnie’s great-grandfathers and grandfathers’ examples helped to form a drive and work ethic that led Vinnie to start and own companies Pure Coffee Club, Pure Vitamin Club, and NSNG Foods. (I use Vinnie’s vitamins and his UltraFat products.)

Vinnie also has three documentaries – Fat: A Documentary, Fat: A Documentary 2, and Beyond Impossible.

Vinnie’s homepage is https://vinnietortorich.com/, and he can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and just about everywhere.

Click HERE to listen to my conversation with Vinnie on his podcast, FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL WITH VINNIE TORTORICH

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EP – 110 Tips for Storytelling

Our monthly one-on-one conversation

This episode is our one-on-one conversation for December. Stories are important, and stories shared between family members are doubly so. Stories shared between family members help the family identify what is important to the family and what the family values regarding morals and actions and our relationships.

Don’t get me wrong, not every story has to be weighty or full of moral lessons. Stories for enjoyment can be just as powerful in creating memories about a night around a fire or a kitchen table for the participants.

With this episode, I share a few tips that can help make your story time experience enjoyable AND impactful. A few of those tips are listed below.

  • Choose Stories YOU Like
  • Practice Your Story
  • Take Out the Slow Parts
  • Keep the Story Moving
  • Use Gestures
  • Avoid giving ‘The Moral of the Story’ Finish

You might not even need to tell a story by memory, there are some great short stories and epic poems you can read and share with the grandchildren. For example, I read the poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee.”

I hope you take some time at the end of this year to sit down in person or even over a video chat to share some stories with your family.

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Link

To read the poem, The Cremation of Sam McGee, you can click HERE.

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Ep – 109 The Grand Life

Our conversation with Emily and Mike Morgan

Emily and Mike Morgan stop by to discuss their experience as grandparents AND podcasters. This is a first for The Cool Grandpa Podcast in that we simultaneously have a grandmother and a grandfather on the show.

Emily and Mike discuss their reactions to learning that they would become grandparents. We also talk about their different grandparenting styles and how they offer value and balance to their grandchildren. As the discussion progresses, we learn how Mike and Emily found their way into radio and eventually podcasting.

Mike and Emily share how The Grand Life podcast has changed and developed over the years, including the inspiration for the current format of the podcast. This is a fun conversation with an interesting and engaging set of grandparents. You will have a blast joining in and listening to this fun conversation.

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Link

Click HERE to listen to my conversation on Emily and Mike’s podcast.

Click HERE to listen to other episodes of The Grand Life podcast.

You can join The Grand Life Facebook group by clicking HERE.

If you want to call and leave Emily and Mike a comment or question, here is the number: 317-572-7876.

Emily and Mike would love for you to email them your comments and questions at this email address: [email protected]

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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.

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Links

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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