Browsing Category "Grandparents"
The True Story of Maggie Mae: My New Picture Book
By     |    Sep 9, 2014
Posted in: Books, Family, Grandparents, Humor, News & Events, Sandwich Lady, Strong Girls and Women, Writing     |    3 Comments

The True Story of Maggie Mae: My New Picture Book

I’m thrilled with my debut picture book, Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire: The Case of the Missing Cookies, out at the end of August; and it’s just, well, as cute as a bug in a rug! Really!  (Although a bug in  a rug is not that cute, is it?) Jack Foster did an amazing job with the illustrations, and the cover design by my publisher Guardian Angel Publishing just pops out […]

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Thank Goodness, It’s the New Year: Getting a Theme
By     |    Jan 7, 2014
Posted in: Family, Grandparents, Humor, Parenting, Sandwich Lady     |    14 Comments

Thank Goodness, It’s the New Year: Getting a Theme

So, how were your holidays? What did you do? Are you living in a place where your children STILL HAVEN’T GONE BACK TO SCHOOL? Hopefully tomorrow, they will be back in the saddle, and you will, too, with whatever you’re doing. I have never been so happy to be getting back into a routine in my entire life. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays–and as a Sandwich Generationer, […]

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Halloweens Only Get Better Now or An Adventure in the NICU
By     |    Nov 5, 2013
Posted in: Family, Grandparents, NICU, Parenting, Sandwich Lady     |    5 Comments

Halloweens Only Get Better Now or An Adventure in the NICU

I had the worst Halloween of my life in 2010. My daughter was 5 days old and in the NICU born 6 1/2 weeks early. This was in St. Louis, where we had just moved 4 weeks earlier, and we were living with my retired parents because our house had not sold. Everyone was surprised when my water broke on October 26, since my due date was not until December […]

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Why You Should Always Check Your Hotel Room
By     |    Oct 15, 2013
Posted in: Grandparents, Humor, Parenting, Sandwich Lady, Travel, Writing     |    9 Comments

Why You Should Always Check Your Hotel Room

This past weekend, my retired parents, my almost 3-year-old daughter, and I drove to Eureka Springs, AR for the 2013 Ozark Creative Writers’ conference. I was speaking there, and my husband had to work all weekend (still for no pay–government shutdown), and so I needed to bring KB with me. My parents came along as the babysitters. We had adventures, of course–if you’ve been reading these Tuesday Sandwich Generation posts […]

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Helping My Parents with THEIR OWN DVD Player
By     |    Sep 24, 2013
Posted in: Aging, Family, Grandparents, Parents and technology, Sandwich Lady     |    10 Comments

Helping My Parents with THEIR OWN DVD Player

When I first started blogging about the Sandwich Generation, I shared a story about helping my dad put the cell phone on “vibrator.” Events with my parents (who are in their mid-70s) and technology seem to happen every day. My almost 3-year-old daughter has taught them all about Angry Birds, although Grandpa still can’t get the birds to go up–they fly flat, crash, and burn. But the best story lately […]

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I’m Beat (Oh AND Winner Announced)
By     |    Aug 27, 2013
Posted in: Claire Cook, Family, Grandparents, Parenting, Sandwich Lady     |    13 Comments

I’m Beat (Oh AND Winner Announced)

I’m beat. Hence the title of this blog post. I suppose we all feel like this sometimes, so hopefully you’ll be nodding your head along with me, and maybe even share a little of your own story below. This is not what I had planned to blog about today. I had been preparing all week to post about my first serious Sandwich Generation (SG) topic–guilt. The guilt I’m talking about […]

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The Cry It Out Method Is Not For Grandparents
By     |    Aug 20, 2013
Posted in: Grandparents, Parenting, Sandwich Lady     |    15 Comments

The Cry It Out Method Is Not For Grandparents

Grandparents don’t like to listen to their grandbabies cry. Ever. I can understand this. I don’t particularly like to listen to my daughter cry either, and it’s very hard to practice “tough love.” It is especially hard when the first month of your newborn’s life is spent in the NICU. All you want is to bring that baby home, hold her, and never let her go. My husband and I […]

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