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 – 103 BabyBoomer.org

Our conversation with Gramps Jeffrey

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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 – 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.

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

Click HERE to join Tangled Ball on Facebook.

To connect and follow Tangled Ball on Instagram, click HERE.

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EP – 100th Episode

Our time to catch up and celebrate

Well, it was bound to happen. This is my 100th episode of The Cool Grandpa Podcast!

In trying to think about what to do for my 100th show, I thought about putting together a collection of stories from past interviews. I had even thought about making the whole show just kind of a party by having some of the previous guests on to chat about where they are now in their Grandpa journey or what they have learned since our last conversation.

Neither of those other options seemed right to me, so I thought I would invite my good friend, Russell Wynne, to the show to interview me. I thought this would be a good way to catch new listeners on how and why I started the podcast. It would also let the audience know more about my road map for this Cool Granpa website and The Cool Grandpa podcast.

If you have been a long-time sufferer…er I mean, listener, thank you for your patience and support. If you are a newer listener, thanks for joining our fun and informative conversation.

I have included links below to Russell’s episode. I have also included links to Steve Owen’s and Erik K Johnson’s websites. I encourage you to check out their podcasts and to reach out to Erik if you are thinking of starting a podcast or if you could use some help in fine-tuning your existing podcast.

Once again, thank you to each of the podcast listeners and especially to all the guests I have had on the show. YOUR support and encouragement are what have made this journey so wonderful.

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 Russell’s conversation with me back on episode 8

Click HERE to listen to Steve Owens’ Fascination Street Podcast

Click HERE to visit Erik K Johnson’s website, Podcast Talent Coach

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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!

Please remember that after you have listened to this episode, 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 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.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

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

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.

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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.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

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

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 – 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

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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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