EP – 112 Growing Creativity with Grandchildren

Our bonus conversation with Dan Miller from 48Days

This bonus episode involves a great conversation with Dan Miller from the best-selling book 48 Days to the Work You Love.

Dan Miller joins us for a fantastic conversation about how to help our grandchildren to think creatively about education, work, and life. Learn about Dan’s experience and expectations when he learned he would become a grandfather. Dan was excited and viewed the grandchildren as an extension of the fun and exciting times he and his wife, Joanne, had with their children.

Our discussion then focused on helping his grandchildren learn to hold on to their creativity and passions from childhood to adulthood. We discuss how they use the game CASH FLOW as one of the fun activities he and Joanne use to help the grandchildren think about creating wealth.

We also talk about using mentors when modeling roles such as being a husband, father, and grandfather. There are many resources available to learn these roles that we take on. Dan and I also talk about how grandfathers or men of the same age group can help reframe experiences that our grandchildren and other youth have. We can help them to think differently about opportunities and find ways to find work that is meaningful, purposeful, AND profitable for them.

Dan talks to us about connecting with the grandchildren on their level and with their interests. By meeting the grandchildren where they are, we help them grow in how they are ‘bent’ or created, not how their parents or we want them to be. By joining our grandchildren in activities they enjoy, we as grandparents can learn from them.

Check out the links below for resources that can help you be a Cool Grandpa AND help your grandchildren think creatively about life and work.

Links

48days.com

Dan’s about page

48 Days Eagles Community

The five books that Dan recommends his grandchildren read by the time they are 13 years old:

Acres of Diamonds

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Think and Grow Rich

See You at the Top

The Magic of Thinking Big

Dan’s Books:

48 DAYS TO THE WORK (AND LIFE) YOU LOVE

NO MORE DREADED MONDAYS

RUDDER OF THE DAY – One of my favorites

CLICK HERE to learn about the Game Cashflow that Dan mentioned on the show. This is a game developed by RICH DAD.

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.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

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.

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 would enjoy learning about this role of being a grandparent. 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 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]

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 – 95 The Humor in the Everyday

Our conversation with Jerry Zezima

You must be a certain character to see the humor in almost everything. From remembrances of your own adolescent past to a baby’s first and very awkward steps to your daily habits, which you have done for years but can no longer remember exactly why you do “that.”

Well, Jerry Zezima is that kind of character. Jerry is the needed individual that helps us see the humor and, at times, the absurdity that makes up everyday life. I am excited that Jerry has joined our conversation to remind us that a surprisingly high number of humorous events comprise our daily activities if we only open our eyes to see them.

Jerry is a father of two incredible daughters and five grandchildren. In this conversation, we learn about Jerry’s reaction to learning for the first time that he would become a grandfather. Jerry shares an amusing tale of how his daughter was married a day before Kate and William’s (the British Royals) wedding. He decided to reach out to congratulate William and Kate on their big day and received a personalized response from the royal office.

Of course, another correspondence was required when Jerry’s granddaughter was born close to the date of Kate and William’s firstborn baby. This time, Jerry sent off a letter congratulating Prince Charles on joining the proud grandfather club. Though Jerry did not receive a personalized thank you from Prince Charlie, he did get an official postcard thanking him for his letter and well wishes.

Jerry, by occupation, is a humorist and some might even say successful at his craft. I happen to be in the ‘some’ camp. You will enjoy and chuckle with us as we discuss Jerry’s background and observations on being a grandfather. Few areas of life lend themselves to humor more than our interactions with young grandchildren.

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 access Jerry’s Blog site

Click HERE to find Jerry’s excellent books on Amazon (I’m not an affiliate with Amazon)

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 – 89 Being an Example

Our conversation with Winn Egan

The one and only Winn Egan is back for another conversation with us. In this episode, Winn and I dive into his personal experience with being a grandfather.

You might remember that Winn was a previous guest on the show where we discussed the book, Grandparenting on Purpose, that he wrote with his wife, Linda.

In our conversation, we discuss his memories of learning that he was becoming a grandfather for the first time and how that has continued to impact him now that his first grandchild is in his 30s.

One of the topics I enjoyed discussing with Winn was his perspective on how grandfathers can be role models for their grandchildren regarding their spiritual development and life philosophy. We dive into how grandfathers can have as much or more of an impact on our grandchildren through actively living our principles, morals, and spiritual side as we can by just talking about these values.

You will also hear Winn interacting with his Great Grand Daughter firsthand as she opens up a heart-felt gift that Winn sent her from his trip to Ireland. There is nothing like having a loving impromptu call from a great-granddaughter during a podcast. This event might be a first in all of Podcast history. 🙂 It is a first for The Cool Grandpa Podcast.

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

To check out my last conversation with Winn about his book, Grandparenting on Purpose, click HERE.

Click HERE to view the Grandparenting on Purpose website

Click HERE to order your book, Grandparenting on Purpose, from Amazon

Click HERE to connect with Winn on Facebook

Click HERE to connect with Winn on LinkedIn

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

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

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

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

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

EP – 79 Meet the Grandchildren Where They Are

Our conversation with Ed Gaffney

Our conversation this week is with Ed Gaffney. We talked with Ed a few episodes ago about RVing with grandchildren. (The link to that conversation is in the links below.) Ed shares with us how he and his wife Jeanne found out that they would be grandparents at a Billy Joel and Elton John concert.

Ed shares his experience with integrating his family with Jeanne’s to form a blended family. We learn through Ed’s stories how the children adapted to each other a bit faster than the other family members. We also learn how Ed and Jeanne stay connected with their grandchildren through on-site visits, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and other technology tools.

Once you have listened to this conversation, share it with a friend who would enjoy listening to this episode and might need encouragement with their relationships.

Be sure to leave Ed and me a comment below about what you enjoyed about this episode.

Links

Click HERE to check out the episode with Ed and his wife, Jeanne

Peekabond

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EP – 72 Collateral Influence

Our conversation with Armando Garcia

Armando Garcia is this week’s guest. Armando and I discuss his relationship with his six young grandchildren. We talk about how Armando is using his life experience and his experience as a 48 Days and Zigler certified coach to help his grandchildren learn and interpret the world around them.

Armando discusses how he has implemented a book club with his grandchildren where he incentivizes them to read classic books about motivation, money, and life. Armando talks about how he starts the book club reasonably early in their life and then tappers it off as they grow older, and the habit of reading uplifting books has already taken hold.

We get into a fun conversation about how Armando also presents each of the grandchildren (boy or girl) with a pocket knife when they are old enough to be responsible for the tool. Armando and I talk about how important it is to have milestones in a young person’s life to leave one stage behind and move into a new chapter with added responsibilities and privileges.

You are going to enjoy all the stories and wisdom that Armando shares about his experience with being a grandpa, a youth sports coach, and a parent to his adult children. Please share with us what your favorite takeaway was with this conversation. Also, be sure to check out all the links below and connect with Armando.

Links

Click HERE to visit Armando’s Facebook Page

Click HERE to visit Armando’s coaching website, On Target Achievement

Click HERE to view Armando’s LinkedIn profile

Click HERE to be taken to Dave Wadsworth’s book, Living in the Ditch: 1 Ditch 2 Boys and 3000 adventures

Click HERE to listen to my conversation with Dave Wadsworth

Click HERE to visit Dan Miller’s 48 Days community

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EP – 70 Living in the same neighborhood

Our conversation with Greg Vance

This conversation is with Greg Vance. Greg shares all the changes he had going on when the first grandchildren came along. We discussed how Greg was leaving corporate life and was building his coaching and consulting business. Greg discusses the changes in habits and lifestyle that were happening in the few years leading to welcoming in their first grandchild.

We discuss Greg’s relationship with his young grandchildren and grandchildren living within the same neighborhood. Greg talks about the logistics of keeping toys, clothes, and the important stuffed animals all squared away between two close homes. Greg compares his relationship with his grandparents, who lived about 20 minutes away from him growing up, to his relationship with his grandchildren.

You will enjoy Greg’s insights and delightful stories about being a grandparent. Be sure to check out Greg’s website (link below) to learn even more about Greg and connect with him.

Click HERE to visit Greg’s website, Career Meets Purpose.

Click HERE to visit Greg’s LinkedIn profile

Click HERE to connect with Greg on Twitter

Click HERE to connect with Greg on Facebook

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EP – 68 Old Breed General – Bonus Show

Our conversation with Kim, Heather, and Amy about their Grandfather, Gen. Rupertus

This is a bonus episode. The episode is part two of my interview about Maj. General Rupertus, USMC. In this episode, Heather, Kim, and Amy join me to talk about their extraordinary grandfather. Amy and Don Brown‘s book about Major General Rupertus, Old Breed General, is now out and available for purchase. Not only is it now available for purchase, BUT it is in its second printing BEFORE the first run has been released.

After many years, Amy and her sister’s hard work has been rewarded by releasing their book about their grandfather. This episode is part of a two-part series about a passion for connecting to an ancestor and the desire to “fill in the blanks” in the Marine Corps and United States history.

We learn all about William H. Rupertus in this fun and informative conversation. Heather, Kim, and Amy take us on an exciting journey into their grandfather’s life. They share with us the fun times, the hard times, and their grandfather’s perseverance in this conversation. We learn firsthand from his loving granddaughters how he served his country, lost his first family in his country’s service, and then led the First Marine Division during the early years of the War in the Pacific.

If you haven’t heard the first episode, I strongly recommend that you go back and listen to it. Click Here for the link to that first episode (26). In the first episode, we spend a lot of time going over the sisters’ motivation to dive into their grandfather’s story and connect with him even though they never met him.

You can find many of the sisters’ helpful links to researching and documenting their grandfather’s experience in the first episode’s show notes (Click Here). Be sure to check out the links that we now have for book orders, Amy’s Author Page, and many other resources about an essential American Hero.

@MajGenRupertus – Twitter

Click HERE to be taken to Amy’s Author Page to learn more about Amy and the incredible work she is engaged in.

Amy’s Facebook group – Discovering My Grandfather MajorGen. William H. Rupertus, USMC

Click HERE to be taken to Don Brown’s Author Page to learn more about Don and the many projects that he has and is working on.

Click on the image above to purchase your copy of Old Breed General

Below is an interview with Major General Rupertus

Interview with Major General Rupertus. Major General Rupertus’ remarks start at 17.39
The Rifleman’s Creed – Author Major General Rupertus
A young William Rupertus
1st Marine Div. Commander Gen. Rupertus is pointing out something on the map to the Army’s Gen. MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Chamberlain and Lt. Walter Krueger

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EP – 66 Grandparents and Meaningful Traditions

Our conversation with Rebecca Fraser-Thill

Rebecca Fraser-Thill joins us to talk about grandfathers, multi-generational relationships, and the importance of traditions within the family. We are introduced to Rebecca’s grandfather, Raymond Green, who lived about a half-hour from Rebecca. Although Rebecca talks about having a stronger bond with her grandmother, Raymond played an essential role in her life. They both enjoyed feeding the birds, spending the night at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house, and being silly together.

We then talk about Rebecca’s relationship between her children and her father. Rebecca shares how her daughter pulls out characteristics of her father that he usually does not let out so much. Rebecca’s son and her father share many characteristic traits, such as becoming very focused on technical and engineering challenges.

Towards the end of our conversation, Rebecca and I discuss the role of traditions within the family. Some of the many benefits that family traditions have are:

  1. A sense of belonging
  2. Creating and re-enforcing identity
  3. Creates stability and expectations within the family
  4. Develops positive emotions among the participants
  5. It is useful in creating multi-generational memories and bonds

Links

Click HERE to visit Rebecca’s website and learn more about her.

Click HERE to read Rebecca’s article, “How Family Traditions Build Stronger Bonds..”

Click HERE for the book we discussed, “In Good Faith: Secular Parenting in a Religious World.”

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