Category Archives: It Takes a Village

Children are the hope of our world and the responsibility of everyone of us. Even if they are not our own, we love them and support them in their journey.

Halloween Costumes for the Over 50 Crowd

Halloween Costumes for the Over 50 Crowd

Halloween – its not just for kids anymore!

Sometimes I wonder if we are still trying to regain our lost childhood or if we have actually pushed the envelope of acceptable behavior by simply never growing up.  Which ever it is, it is very apparent around Halloween that we still want to have fund and unleash our inner diva or macho selves.

I was looking for some good costume ideas and found this great blog post by Boomerinas  site.

Some of her suggestions are

50’s Rockabilly Costume

1960’s Mod Retro Outfit

60’s Hippie Girl Costume

70’s Disco Queen

I think she missed the opportunity to promote Joan of Mad Men or even Mother Nature.

Mother Nature Costume

Mother Nature Costume even Mother Nature 

Granddad's Make Memories Too

Granddad's Make Memories Too

Sticks and Stones and Puppy Dog Tails

Recently I posted about memories made with grandchildren that focused pretty much on ‘grandmotherly’ memories – sugar and spice and everything nice like china, journals, chrystal and such.  But granddads make some of the most impactful memories and pass along treasures that last for generations.

My granddad had a woodworking shop and turned some wonderful bowls for each of us that I think all four still treasure.    My dad made me a beautiful doll bed that was passed to my daughters and then to my granddaughters.  My husband’s grandfather made treasure chest for each of his grandchildren which has held treasures for well over 50 years.


But maybe it is the collections that make the most impact.  Whether you collect rocks, stamps, coins, baseball cards, or other hobbies these collections can be a wonderful point of memory making with grandchildren and a great item to pass on.



No Pickin' Nose

No Pickin' Nose

Learning and Teaching Basic Manners

When a 2 year old tells you that there is ‘no pickin nose while cooking’ you really have to listen!  And I must admit, there were times that her comments made me think twice about cooking and clean hands.

Last Christmas, Michelle who has 2 small boys was baking cookies. As they were getting all the items prepared they  ended with washing their hands.  Mom asked “Has Everybody washed their hands and not touched anything dirty since then?”  Little Sam says yes, yes, yes and then hesitates “Wait, Mom, does that include picking my nose? ” So, I guess it really is a rule we need to learn.

Manners Matter and Rules

There are so very many rules it is a wonder that any of us are able to succeed in the social world.  And there are new ones added every week it seems.  Think about the required rules in the Middle Ages – stay alive pretty much covered it.

They were dirty, had horrible grooming habits, ate like goops and never, ever had to learn the difference in complex language similarities such as affect and effect.
Then came the Victorian Age and the rules multiplied.  Next was the Guttenheim press and that took rules to a whole new level.  The next period of growth that I am aware of is the American and French Revolutions where independence from the crown made rules even more necessary as no one else told us what to do.  We each became responsible.

Now enter the age of Internet, Green Economy, Nutritional organic wholesomeness and sustainability.  So many things to remember – what should we drop?

What’s Important to Teach Them?

What should we make sure everyone is taught and what can we leave to “Life’s Lessons”

Ducttape – The most versatile of all Products!

Ducttape – The most versatile of all Products!

Duct Tape is a wonderous tool that has so many uses it is difficult to count.  Of course, there are the standard things that everyone knows about.

  • Strengthen boxes
  • Reinforce furniture
  • Tape ductwork (duh)
  • Cover small holes in your canoe
  • Luggage identification markers
  • Stop light leaks in pipes
  • Cover vents

Around our house we have found a lot of used for ducttape and would not be caught without it.  What can you do with a little duct tape and a need?

Strengthen boxes

                                                                                                                                                          English: Duct tape wallet

Cover small holes in your canoe or repair your bike


 A bicycle, some duct tape, and some wood

Halloween Costumes

 Christmas light-impregnated duct tape space su...

Wedding Attire

 English: A Tuxedo made out of duct tape. This ...

Doctor the dog

Note the tail band aid – she can’t bite the tape off.


Emergency Diaper pins for the baby’s diapers

We left her with her Grandy and apparently forgot to leave diapers.

He did not expect to use his engineering expertise for this!

But she absolutely loved her stylin’ ducttape diapers!



And the best one of all – A guy in Australia takes his friend’s mom, who is paralyzed, surfing! Amazing

Dr. Amy Helps Celebrate Grandparents Day with Free Activity kit for Children

Dr. Amy Helps Celebrate Grandparents Day with Free Activity kit for Children

Quote startChildren gain a much broader sense of the world, how it was in the past and how it has evolved, when they have meaningful connection with their grandparents.Quote end

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) August 31, 2011

Dr. Amy, an expert in caregiving, aging, and retirement, says there are compelling reasons to make a fuss over grandparents. She has developed a free kit for children, containing activities designed to build the bonds of love and understanding on Grandparents Day—and every day.

Download the “Celebrating Grandparents Day” kit. The kit is being distributed through various agencies in the United States and Canada, including the Assisted Living Federation of America.

Here are Dr. Amy’s three reasons to celebrate Grandparents Day:
1.    Grandparents enrich their grandchildren’s lives by providing a deeper sense of history and identity

  •     Children gain a much broader sense of the world, how it was in the past and how it has evolved, when they have meaningful connection with their grandparents. War, politics, medical advances, technology, the role of women—grandparents have lived through a lot and can impart a sense of perspective.

2.    Grandparents support their grandchildren

  •     An increasing number of grandparents are the sole support to their grandchildren, taking the place of the parents and playing the role of primary provider.
  •     In Canada, according to 2006 census data, we’re seeing an upward trend in the number of children for whom grandparents are the primary providers. The number of children under 25 in this situation increased to 54,865 in 2006 from 41,780 in 1991. (Vanier Institute for the Family, Fascinating Families Issue 11 2008).
  •     The same is true in the United States, where 2.6 million grandparents are responsible for most of the basic needs of one or more of the grandchildren who lived with them (2008 data from Census Bureau). Census Bureau reports this number in 2000 as 2.4 million.

3.    Grandparents have stories and wisdom to share
As we age we think about the legacy we will leave behind, and the desire runs deeper than simply gifting money. It is about leaving behind the essence of who we are and passing on our stories and life lessons to the next generation. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to make time for meaningful conversation, and share wisdom and stories across generations.

About Dr. Amy Inc.
A leader in caregiver wellness, Dr. Amy Inc. provides caregivers with expert information and support for the emotional and family issues that are a common part of caregiving. Dr. Amy Inc. was founded by Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA. Known as Dr. Amy for her warm and engaging style, she is a sought-after speaker and a frequent guest on radio and television. Dr. Amy began working with seniors and their families more than 25 years ago, and was a caregiver to her parents for 10 years. She is the author of two books, and has written many articles on caregiving, aging, and retirement. See:

For more information:
Shelly Potter: (416) 428-7540

Mothers Day and Fathers Day get their fair share of attention. What about Grandparents Day—September 11 this year? An increasing number of grandparents are the sole support and primary provider to their grandchildren. It’s time to recognize their contribution.