We have moved to a new domain

September 27, 2008

We have created a new and improved blog for you. Same great content, tips, and ideas. Plus we focus even more on helping you as grandparents learn about cool technologies you can use to connect with your grandchildren. We call our new home GrandparentsTLC.com. We offer helpful content in three areas we call TLC: Technology, Loving, and Connecting. We show you technology that can help increase your love for your grandchildren by helping you connect with them in fun new ways. We review cool technologies such as websites, services, and gadgets. We teach with ”how to” articles and video tutorials. Our approach is to make things as easy as possible, step by step.

Click here to go to our new GrandparentsTLC.com. We’ll see you there in a split-second!

Grandpa Shayne and Grammy Tanda

P.S. We will leave this blog in place, but we won’t be posting here anymore.

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of grandparents

September 10, 2008

My Scrapblog

A scrapblog for Princess Adeline

September 10, 2008

My Scrapblog

Review – 50 best quotes about grandparenting – a tribute to Grandparents Day

September 6, 2008

[Note: This review has been copied to our new GrandparentsTLC blog. We invite you to read it there.]

As a tribute to Grandparents Day, a good friend researched the 50 best quotes about grandparenting. She wrote a wonderful article that you’ve got to read! This is a very thorough and well researched piece of work — great quotes, delightful photos, useful links to grandparenting sites and blogs.

The author is a gifted writer whose pen name is Write-On! But I think her favorite name is Nana. She and her husband have 7 grandchildren, with one on the way. I think they are trying to catch up with Grammy Tanda and me, but we’re still in the lead! ;-)

Two of my favorite grandparent quotes from her article…

What is it about grandparents that is so lovely? I’d like to say that grandparents are God’s gifts to children. And if they can but see, hear and feel what these people have to give, they can mature at a fast rate. ~Bill Cosby

Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent. ~Donald A. Norber

Two other wonderful quotes about being a grandparent…

One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather. ~Joy Hargrove

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudolph Giuliani
(This describes Grammy Tanda perfectly.)

And my favorite quote of all is from the Bible…

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of grandparents. ~Proverbs 17:6

About National Grandparents Day…

According to Wikipedia and Grandparents-Day.com, Grandparents Day is a United States secular holiday, celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Marian H. McQuade is recognized as the founder Grandparents Day, and the first national Grandparent’s Day was celebrated in 1978.

So we hope you’ve enjoyed this Grandparents Day tribute to grandparents. Thank you for stopping by. Now off you go to read the delightful article, The 50 Best Grandparent Quotes About Grandparenting.

Do you have a favorite quote about grandparents that you’d like to share (either there or here)? Be sure to credit the original author.

How to write a children’s storybook with stickers

August 26, 2008

[Note: This article has been copied to our new GrandparentsTLC blog. We invite you to read it there.]

My grandson applying stickers

My grandson applying stickers

Have you ever had aspirations of writing a children’s storybook? Not necessarily a published storybook, but at least a simple one for your own children or grandchildren? Come on, admit it! I have. I’m going to show you how to create a simple one.

Ever since our children were young, my wife and I enjoyed telling bedtime stories to them. Tanda Loved to read good books to them. (They got their love for reading from her.) I love to read also. I love to make up stories even better. So I would invent impromptu adventures about Silver Long Johns, the pirate, and Oowey Goowey the worm. (Sometimes Oowey was sticky bubble gum or roasted marshmallow). As the children got a little older, I’d stop the story at the pivoting point, just as something exciting was about to happen, and have them take over for awhile. Like a choose your own adventure. We would all take turns. It helps develop creativity and imagination. The wilder, the better.

My young grandkids love stickers (also known as an autocollant or decal). But sometimes they stick them in places that their mom isn’t too happy about. So I thought of an idea, to combine stickers with my desire to create a storybook for children. So, I created one. And as most of my projects do, it started with a simple idea, and ended taking more time than I expected. ;-) But, oh was it fun! Don’t you just love getting into that creative zone where you can let your imagination soar? It is an exhilarating experience.

My grandson applying stickers

Daniel working on his sticker book

So far now, I’ve made two of these sticker storybooks as birthday presents for two of my grandsons, Daniel and Joshua. They just turned 4 and 6. I plan to make one for each of my grandchildren. It is a personalized storybook; a keepsake. It is also an interactive storybook because the grandchild applies the stickers on each page of the storybook story. The first one I made was for my 4 year old grandson, Daniel. I documented my storybook project and took photos so I could share the process with you, and show you how you can make your own children’s storybook with stickers. Yes, you! You are just as creative as me or anyone else.

Joshua working on his sticker book

Joshua working on his sticker book

By the way, anyone can make a storybook like this. You don’t have to be a grandparent, but this blog is viewed with grandparent glasses on. So whether you are a grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, mother, father, or kuala bear, the process and techniques explained here are the same. You can also create one that is much simpler than mine. Just try it! Your special child will love the handmade gift from you. I think homemade presents are the best! Don’t you? (Unintentional hint for my children that Grandparent’s Day is September 7th this year.)

So now, click and play the tutorial presentation I created for you. It includes the story, along with my commentary. Enjoy!


One more thing… I kept a copy of the story. So when Daniel was finished with his book, I had a video chat with him. I read it to him as he turned the pages. It was fun!

Daniel reading his finished storybook

Now I want you to go make one yourself and report back here and let us know about your experience. Have fun!

Grandpa Shayne

Grandpa’s turn to visit our young grandsons

August 25, 2008

[Note: This article has been copied to our new GrandparentsTLC blog. We invite you to read it there.]

Well, I’m flying high in the clouds like Superman. Except instead of a cape, I’m in jet airplane. I’m headed to see two of my grandsons, ages 6 and 4. Grammy Tanda had her turn a couple of weeks ago. So I figured, just to be fair to our grandsons, I should have a turn too! As I mentioned before, my wife and I enjoy traveling together, but sometimes our schedules don’t jive. School starts today, and as I write this, she’s teaching class about now. Probably trying to act tough and lay down the rules for her high school students in her Cultures and Cuisines class. (But she’s a “marshmallow”, and she knows it.)

So here I am, loaded with ideas of things to do with my grandsons this week. I’ve got my iPhone stocked full of fun little apps from the iTunes app store. (I’ll be writing about this in the near future.) I’ve got stickers. I’ve got crafts. I’ve got some play money I call “Grandpa bucks” that I’ll give them each time they chose the right or help clean up their toys. Then I’ll open up my “Grandpa Store”, my cache of goodies from the dollar store. We’ll go camping. We’ll be goofy. We’ll build a “fort” in the back yard. And maybe by the end of the week, I’ll understand why my wife felt so tired when she got home from her visit. ;-)

Boys – they’re so full of energy! As a young father, I learned it is best to be flexible, because sometimes, before we can finish one of my planned activities, these young’uns decide they want to do something else. Now, I wouldn’t want to run out of ideas on this trip. So I’m hoping to pick up a few tips and ideas for games, treats, activities, and so forth from you, our readers. Things that you’ve found particularly successful with young grandsons. We had such a wonderful discussion about what you grandparents like to do with your grandchildren in our Grammy’s back home post. Let’s continue the discussion here. What would you suggest for young grandsons?

Help choose a new name for our grandparenting site

August 21, 2008

We need your suggestions

As the focus of our grandparenting blog includes more about helping grandparents learn about cool technologies they can use to connect with their grandchildren, we find that we need to choose an appropriate domain name.

The new and improved site will include lots of How To’s and video tutorials to help you learn about new ways to connect with your grandchildren. We are currently creating several articles and tutorials that will be fun and useful ideas for connecting with grandchildren. Our approach is to make things as easy as possible, step by step.

We need ideas for a new domain name that suggests this concept of grandparents and technology. We want your input! So please head on over to our Grandparent Project site and join in the discussion for our new website name. We greatly appreciate your participation! Oh yea, and those who participate in the grandparent project in a meaningful way will receive a free copy of our grandparenting book when it is published.

Thank you!

Shayne & Tanda Packer


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