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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Link

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.

Click HERE to learn more about Erma Bombeck

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EP – 98 What Makes Grandfathers Unique?

Our conversation with Dr. Abby Stephan

Dr. Abby Stephan had a unique experience as a youngster because she had an actual multi-generational household. This experience is unique because most of us in North America live with just parents and children and not with grandparents. This family environment is not the norm for a lot of families in the world. Often, those family units include the grandparents in the household structure.

Within this context, Abby grew to appreciate the role of grandparents within the family structure. Abby shares with us some great stories of her relationships with her grandparents growing up and how she maintains those active connections to this day.

Abby shares with us many of the findings of her Inter-Generational research. We discuss the unique role that grandfathers, in particular, play in the family unit. I also asked Abby many questions about what she discovered about how grandfathers feel about the position and the lasting impact of grandfathers on the lives and development of grandchildren.

You will be in for a treat with this conversation, and be sure to check out the link to the summary of Abby’s findings with her study. After talking with Abby, I believe more than ever that if grandparents and grandfathers, in particular, become active in the grandparent and grandchild relationship, our futures can be bright and meaningful.

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Links

Click HERE to read Abby’s summary of her Ph.D. research

Click HERE to visit Abby’s website

Click HERE to check out Abby’s LinkedIn Profile

Click HERE to view Abby’s Twitter feed

Click HERE to connect with Abby on Instagram

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EP – 97 Grandparents Day

This is our monthly one-on-one.

Welcome into this pre-Grandparents Day conversation. The conversation is a bit short this week, but I am calling out a few things to remember about being a Grandfather and Grandparent.

First, not every relationship will be exactly like we would like it to be if your relationship is not where you want it to be with your adult child, spouse, partner, or even your grandchild. Do an assessment and be truthful about some of the things you might be doing to create friction in that relationship and then address those items.

BUT remember that sometimes the cause of friction or strain on a relationship MIGHT NOT be your doing. Remember that the growth and maintenance of a relationship is a two-way street; sometimes, the other person may need to make some course correction or effort to have a relationship with you. Whatever the case is, I AM NOT suggesting that you abandon your boundaries or your beliefs but rather do an inventory and see if you could have had a misstep that requires you to humble yourself to heal the relationship.

Second, remember that most of us Grandpas only want to share the good stuff, not the challenges we are going through with our relations. This isn’t an action that anyone should take as being dishonest but rather understand that most of us want to keep our ‘business’ to ourselves or within the family.

So, if you are talking to your friends or viewing social media, remember that they may be having similar challenges but keep that information behind their walls. If you want to be bold, be honest with your close friends and family about your struggles and challenges. Share appropriately, but I bet dollars to doughts that if you open yourself up and be venerable with your close associates, you might find hidden sources of wisdom and compassion that you didn’t know existed.

Finally, let’s remember to take September 11 and celebrate being a Grandpa and Grandparent. YOU have traveled a long and winding road to get to this point. Celebrate that you are old enough to be a grandparent and have had a long and rich experience to get you here. So, this Grandparents Day, go ahead, take a victory lap. YOU have earned it!

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Links

Click HERE to order your copy of Rudder of the Day: Stories & Wisdom to Kick Start Your Workday.

Click HERE to sign up for a membership to The Long Distance Grandparent Society.

Click HERE to register for the week-long event that Grandparents Academy hosts from September 11-17.

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Click Here to sign up for Grandparents 101. The first session is on Sept 8, so sign up today!

EP – 94 Kinoo

Our conversation with Jim Marggaff

Jim Marggaff joins the conversation this week to talk about his latest company, Kinoo. Kinoo is an interactive application specifically designed to increase multigenerational relations when there is a distance between the young ones and the, let’s say, more seasoned ones.

If Jim’s name doesn’t ring a bell right off, that’s okay, but I bet you know of at least one of the companies he has either started or has been part of. Jim is the founder and voice of LeapPad Learning System. Jim also was behind Livescribe Smartpen. You could say that since leaving college, Jim has been passionate about using technology to help teach problem-solving AND enhance connections through the use of technology.

In our conversation, we talked about Jim’s pursuit of solving problems and how he has worked through a process of keeping a ‘problem reservoir’ with at least three problems. The ‘problem reservoir’ is a mental bucket that you ponder and think about a problem and work up a solution in your mind before putting pen to paper. Jim shares with us how using this method, his son, Blake, was able to win the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

We then start discussing Jim’s current company, Kinoo. Kinoo is no ordinary screen time app for children, it uses a combination of physical interactions mixed with problem-solving to engage youngsters. By incorporating the wand into the fun, children stay focused and active 10x longer than a typical phone or video call.

Jim has once again gathered experts to create a unique experience that allows grandparents and others to gamify the problem-solving experience for young children. The activities available on Kinoo range from the typical memory-style interactions to a fishing simulation and even baking. Grandparents and other adults love Kinoo because it does keep the young ones engaged in play and conversation. The children love Kinoo because they are not just holding a phone to their ear or watching a boring old adult talk to them. The children look forward to playtime with the adult.

Links

Click HERE to visit Kinoo and review their awesome application.

To view Jim’s TedEx presentation, “Extreme Thinking for Extreme Problems,” click HERE.

Click HERE to view the book “Pattern Thinking” by R. Buckminster Fuller.

If you want to review Jim’s book “How to Raise a Founder With Heart,” click HERE.

Click HERE to follow Jim on LinkedIn.

Click HERE to register for the week-long event that Grandparents Academy hosts from September 11-17.

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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 – 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 – 77 RVing With Grandchildren

Our conversation with Jeanne and Ed Gaffney

Open roads, out-of-the-way adventures, and building relationships are just a few things that we talk about with Jeanne and Ed Gaffney. Through her article, “RVing with Grandchildren,” I found Jeanne on the Go RVing website (See the link below for the article). I thought this idea and experience sounded like great fun for grandfathers and grandmothers.

The Gaffneys share how they got into RVing while living out in Montana and started taking trips with their friends. Once Ed and Jeanne moved to Alabama and were closer to some of their grandchildren, they started taking two of their grandsons out with short trips to the local park. From starting with overnighters at the local lake to multiweek adventures to the mountains and their last trip to Key Largo for scuba certification.

Ed and Jeanne share valuable tips for anyone looking to start taking camping and RV trips with their grandchildren. A big bonus is just making sure the grandchildren can follow ‘the rules and stay the night away from their parents. Ed points out that camping is camping, and it doesn’t matter if it is ten miles down the road or across the country at a National Park. Jeanne discusses helping the grandchildren journal about their adventures and collects things like stamps or patches from the National Parks or places they visit.

Once you have listened to this fun episode, leave us a comment below about your memories of camping with your grandparents or camping with your grandchildren. What were your favorite adventures? What are some valuable tips that the other listeners could profit from?

Remember to like and share this podcast with your friends looking to create valuable and unique memories with their grandchildren.

Links

Click HERE to read Jeanne’s article about RVing with grandchildren

Click HERE to see a short video by Jeanne and Ed about RVing with grandchildren

Click HERE to visit Lazydays RV website

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EP – 75 Peekabond

Our conversation with Anieke Lamers

Our conversation is with Anieke Lamers. Anieke is an Ex-VC (Venture Capitalist) turned social entrepreneur on a mission to make every child feel special and connected to roots & loved ones.

In this conversation with Anneke, the co-founder of Peekabond, we discuss challenges that Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and anyone who is away from a young child in their family deal with every day. We talk about how Peekabond solves the problem of having little to no connections with the younger family members. Through hosting videos, creating fun activities for the children, and ensuring that the relationships between people in their Family Circle are safely secure.

You will enjoy listening to Anieke’s story about wanting to connect and be involved with her niece, who lives in Australia. Anieke talks about how Peekabond has formed a team of youth development experts combined with top-notch IT experts on building an easy-to-use multi-generational connectivity tool.

After you listen to this conversation, visit Peekabond (link below) to learn more about this fun application and how you can start using it today.

Remember to subscribe to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform and then leave us a comment about how you enjoyed this show.

Here are some fun pictures of Anieke and her niece

Anieke is having a great day with her niece
Anieke and her niece are having a stroll
Anieka is having a fun day

Links

Click HERE to download Peekabond for FREE

Click HERE to learn more about how Peekabond works

Click HERE to watch the demo video on the Peekabond website

If you would like to send Anieke an email, you can reach her at anieke@peekabond.com

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