S.I. Grandparents: Life is Grand!

Enjoying Life as a  Staten Island Grandparent

Enjoying Life as a Staten Island Grandparent

Staten Island Grandparents defy the stereotype of senior citizens. They are vibrant, active members of the community, often stepping in as caregivers for their grandchildren. Whether with the kids or on their own, many are seeking information and ideas for making Life Grand!

Staten Islander Marianna Randazzo, who is an author, educator, as well as a newly minted grandmother, uses her new title to bring you what’s new and relevant in today’s world of grandparenting.

Check out this column each month for information, such as:

  • Best deals and discounts for Seniors
  • Places to go with and without the kids
  • Crafts and recipes to do with the grandchildren
  • Keeping Your Relationship with the Grandkids FUN

December 2015 – Memorable Gifts that Show You Care – Even From a Distance - Being away from grandparents during the holidays shouldn’t take away from the meaning of sharing and caring about each other. With today’s technology and a few trinkets from the Dollar store or a souvenir shop, a lot of love could be shared on any day of the year.

November 2015 – Giving Thanks for Grandparents – As grandparents we are given new opportunities to play, love and appreciate seeing the little ones grow, mature and develop into loving human beings. Not that we didn’t see that with our own children but the stresses of parenthood, lifestyles and jobs sometimes got in our way. As grandparents we can find new ways to strengthen family ties, and provide joyful memories and valuable life lessons, in no particular order!

October2015 – New Lessons for Grandparents -That new baby is here and we get to love her up! Great, but that’s just part of it. The parents hold all the cards and there may be new rules to the game since our own babies were born.

September 2015 – Communication is a Work of Art – What is your communication style, and how can it keep you sharp mentally? Today, many methods of interaction do not even require people to come together, such as reading this text.

August 2015 - Six Inexpensive Memory Makers – As we begin the second half of the summer vacation, time with the grandchildren can become more challenging and expensive. It’s great when kids are outdoors pursuing activities, but unbearable heat could drive them indoors and that could mean pricey activities. Below are a few frugal ideas to keep grandparents and youngsters occupied as summer comes to an end.

July 2015 – 10 Days’ (or more!) of Fun with the Grandkids - With a whole month of summer ahead, carve out a few days to spend with the grandchildren without even leaving the Island! Why travel off Staten Island when the tourist sites right here have so much to offer?

June 2015 – Fun & Free Memory Makers - Whether babysitting or visiting the grandkids this summer, here are a few simple and interactive ways to make your time together light and easy and memorable too!

April 2015 – Grandparenting a Child with Autism - Ten years ago, grandparents Bob and Suzanne Wright founded Autism Speaks, an organization that conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. Autism Speaks’ goal is to change the future for all who struggle with an autism spectrum disorder. They have been an inspiration to grandparents everywhere.

March 2015 – Culture in the Fifth Borough with the Grandchildren – One of the grandest things about being a grandparent is an opportunity to share the things we are passionate about with a new audience. When my own children were young, I dragged them through museums, mostly on Mother’s Day or my birthday–occasions when I got to pick the activity. (read more here)

January 2015 – Some Perks for Growing Older. If you’ve made it past your 50th birthday, you have some rewards points to cash in. Financial perks are just beginning, so be aware, if not for yourself, perhaps your parents or elder relatives. There are dozens of ways to save money — including some programs that aren’t widely advertised — if you’re not too modest to boast about your age. (read more here) 

December 2014 – Where Did the Year Go? I’m not sure how the holidays crept up on me so quickly, but alas they are here. The family grows and that is a beautiful thing but the question remains: What do you give when you have no idea what to give? (read more here)

November 2014 – Staten Island Friendship Clubs.Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend?” In 1971, when James Taylor sang those lyrics, I’m sure he didn’t realize how true they would ring for thousands of seniors who have found fun, friendship, and even romance in Staten Island’s own Friendship Clubs. (read more here)

October 2014 – The Family Colors.  From my own parents to my children to my grandson, I have observed three generations of cultural growth and discovery….(read more here)

September 2014 – premiere column – Today’s Grandparents.  Being a grandparent is one of the most special experiences a parent can have. Now that I’ve joined that golden club, I know what all the fuss is about…(read more here)

 

Related Items:

Staten Island Seniors

Restaurant Discounts for Staten Island Senior Citizens

More Deals for Seniors

Sweet Memories Are Made of These

Gifts for Grandparents

The Sandwich Generation: Raising Kids; Taking Care of Parents

 



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  1. Greenbelt Peepers

    March 23 @ 9:45 am - 10:15 pm
    March 23, 2017  |  9:45 am - 10:15 pm
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two-year-old kids and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration requested. To register, please email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or call (718) 351-3450.
  2. Free Foreclosure Legal Services

    March 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    March 23, 2017  |  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Senator Andrew Lanza's District Office
    The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program that provides free foreclosure legal services to New Yorkers in need. Private meeting rooms
  3. Toddler/Preschool Story Time

    March 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
    March 23, 2017  |  10:30 am - 11:15 am
    St. George Library
    Songs, rhymes, picture book stories, & a craft activity are all part of this story time. Registration required.
  4. Toddler Storytime

    March 23 @ 11:00 am
    March 23, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library
  5. Tot’s Time Plus

    March 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    March 23, 2017  |  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Your pre-schooler will create artwork, sing along and listen to stories.
  6. Greenbelt Tree Tots

    March 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
    March 23, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:45 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Email nature center@sigreenbelt.org or by phone at 718-351-3450. Fee: $3 or Free for Greenbelt Conservancy Members.
  7. Bouncing Babies

    March 23 @ 11:15 am
    March 23, 2017  |  11:15 am - 11:15 am
    West New Brighton Library
    Come for playtime, stories and songs for babies and their caregivers.
  8. Baby Social

    March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    March 23, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    St. George Library
    Playground is too cold or it’s rainy? Do you and your baby need to get out of the house? Come to the library! A safe, indoor space for babies 0-23 months and their caregivers to play and socialize. Baby toys
  9. Reading & Technology Family Workshop

    March 23 @ 12:00 pm
    March 23, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
    Huguenot Library
  10. Animal Time

    March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    March 23, 2017  |  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Join us for this daily program and meet one of the animals from our living collection. Check the white board at the museum for details.