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.

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]

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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EP – 82 Grandparenting on Purpose

Our conversation with Winn Egan

Winn and Linda Egan developed and shared their views on grandparenting with their friends during a get-together. They discussed how grandparents could be active participants in their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. With more and more data being reported about issues around isolation, depression, and the like with teenagers, being an active grandparent is vital to helping grandchildren to become happy and healthy adults.

Winn talks with us about how he and his wife Linda took the basis for that gathering of friends and crafted those topics and experiences into the book, Grandparenting on Purpose. Join Winn and me as we talk about the fun ways grandparents can lead their families to grow connections that can withstand the occasional hurt feelings and miscommunication that can and do happen within families.

Winn also goes into great detail about how you can boost your interactions with the grandchildren to be ‘over the top.’ Winn talks about how these ‘over the top’ activities help create bonds that get the grandchildren looking forward to the next big family get-together or special event, like a special dinner before a school formal.

I am sure that by the end of listening to this conversation, you will be encouraged and inspired to look for ways to increase your level of connection with your grandchildren. That extra step forward in your relationship with your grandchildren motivates Winn to talk about and share his message of Grandparenting on Purpose.

Once you have enjoyed this conversation, please remember to like and subscribe to the podcast. Also, share this conversation with a friend who would enjoy hearing Winn’s stories about building strong family connections.

Links

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

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EP – 80 The GaGa Sisterhood

Our conversation with Donne Davis

This week’s guest is Donne Davis. Donne started the GaGa Sisterhood group to bring inspiration, support, and tools to grandmothers worldwide. Donne became a grandmother in 2003, and for over nineteen years, she has been on a mission to connect with other grandmas and explore the evolving role of being a grandmother.

Donne and I start our conversation by discussing her experience in becoming a grandmother and its impact on her life. Donne explains that when the midwife held up her first granddaughter, Donne was GaGa for that grandchild and has been committed to her grandchildren ever since.

We also dive into how the role of being a grandmother and a grandfather has changed in a short time. Donne and I agree that loving and supporting our grandchildren starts with loving and supporting their parents. Both of us agree that the parents often get left out of the grandparent/ grandchild relationship equation.

Donne was motivated to write a book for grandmothers after realizing the relationship with the grandchild’s parents can present challenges in understanding each other’s perspectives. Her book is titled: “When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand: 4 Keys to L.O.V.E. your Grandchild’s Parents“.

Once you have listened to this conversation, please share it with a friend and especially a grandmother who would enjoy listening to this episode. Links to Donne’s website and different connections are listed below.

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

Links

Click HERE to be taken to Donne’s GaGa Sisterhood website. Donne sends out a monthly newsletter called the GaGazine, which you can subscribe to on her website’s homepage.

Click HERE to follow Donne on Instagram.

Click HERE to connect with Donne on Facebook.

Click HERE to connect with Donne on Twitter.

You can check out Donne on Pinterest by clicking HERE

Here is the link to my conversation with Kerry Byrne about her group, The Longdistance Grandparent, that Donne and I referenced.

Click HERE to learn more about the Moby Wrap

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