Welcome to a place where we can share ideas about grandparenting, especially ways to pass spiritual values and family stories to the next generation.

Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Ideas ... and news

Friday’s Grand Connection Fun

It's no secret that grandparents sometimes have a hard time really connecting with out-of-town grandchildren.

A friend sent me an e-mail recently, asking for some tips about writing her long-distance granddaughter. She wanted to begin some dialogue with the young girl and planned to keep a journal of their correspondence. She asked if I could suggest any questions that they could ask one another.

I sent her some ideas for questions and also gave her the links to three Grand Connection posts: Three Words , Capturing Our Stories, and More Long-Distance Grandparenting Ideas .

I saw my friend recently and she said that the journal has been great for communication!

You may want to begin a journal with your legacy ... this could be done with grandchildren who live next door or out of town. (You would send your grandchild a question in a journal. He/she would answer it, and back the journal goes.) My friend was so excited about her journal that I think I'm going to start one with Pops' and my oldest granddaughter!

Now for some news ... Nancy Downing and I have just published a handy little paperback book (95 pages, price: $8) called The Grand Connection: 365 Ways to Connect with Your Grandchild's Heart. It's filled with hundreds of ideas for grandparents and organized by month. I'm excited about using this book myself. At the beginning of each month I'll read the connecting ideas and will choose just one or two to do with my grandkids.

Nancy and I hope our new book will help lots of grandparents make lasting memories and build strong relationships with their grandchildren. We're also excited because it can help grandparents pass down their spiritual legacy to future generations.

It was fun writing The Grand Connection with Nancy. She's been named a USA Today Teacher of the Year and is the former Center Director of Learning Rx in Little Rock, Ark.

Enjoy the weekend,

Article © Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.


TNT said...

MEGA KUDOS AND CONGRATULATIONS! If your book has only a selection of the blog bits you've empowered us with... it will serve and succeed!

The long distance ideas are something this grandparent needs. And the journal idea is an interesting one that I'll chew on and see what comes together.


Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, TNT! Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Nancy and I do hope that the book will encourage a lot of grandparents.

I bought the cutest "Memory Maker" notebook today at Tuesday Morning for the journal between our oldest grandchild and me.

If you end up doing a journal, too, please let me know how it works out.

Anonymous said...

Great ideas. I can’t wait to read my book. -Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks, Rita. I appreciate you ordering the book!