ElderCarelink Blog

Am I Losing My “Granny Nanny”?

by Devlyn Brooks
September 29th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Grandma’s talents are in demand and I just might have to fight to be at the front of the line for her child care services.

Last year, a longtime friend convinced Mom to join the Foster Grandparent program at our neighborhood elementary school. Three days a week she goes into a kindergarten class and lends a hand to teacher, doing whatever needs to be done, cutting out projects for the kids, tying shoes or even holding the occasional homesick youngster. She had so much fun and became such an integral part of the classroom that the school asked her back again this year. And now even on her off days she goes in at the end of the day to help the teacher make sure “her” kids get picked up by the right person or get on the correct bus.

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Realizing a Worry Is Actually a Luxury

by Devlyn Brooks
September 20th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

“Hello?” I poked my head in the front door. “Is anyone home?”

I had just returned from a four-day business trip and I don’t know what I expected, maybe the house to be in shambles, maybe Grandma tied up, and the kids running wild. But, alas, all was calm. Grandma was in the kitchen and the boys were downstairs playing with their friends. Everything was as it would be if it were a normal Saturday and I hadn’t been gone for nearly a week.

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