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What is it that 60-yr old people think of, including advice for my children
Grandparenting
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By Red Barn
I grew up in Eastern North Dakota, and went to college at UND. I am currently teaching as a special education resource teacher in Minneapolis. I am married to a great second husband, who puts up with so much. I have one married son who is ...
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Life at 60 . . . looking at life on the slow side
I grew up in Eastern North Dakota, and went to college at UND. I am currently teaching as a special education resource teacher in Minneapolis. I am married to a great second husband, who puts up with so much. I have one married son who is struggling to make a living in Minneapolis. He and his wife have 2 sons, ages 2 and 3, which is totally insanity, but also so much fun. I also have a newly married stepdaughter, who with her husband, is the proud 'parent' of a new puppy, 2 or 3 cats, a hamster, a college roommate still living in the spare room, and who knows what else they acquired in the last month.

I began thinking about blogging while e-mailing parenting advice to my daughter-in-law. Isn't that the typical Grandma/Mother-in-law? She graciously thanks me for all advice, but is also free to disregard anything I say.

I am also the lucky daughter of a very plucky and determined 96 year old mother.
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By Red Barn
Dec. 24, 2012 9:37 a.m.



So….Grandparenting is so much more fun, and funny, than I could ever imaging.

  Last night, dinner, tree, and presents with the kids.    All of us were together.   Stepdaughter and spouse, son & spouse, and the 2 boys.   2 years old and 3 years old.   Kentie, my sainted husband, cooked dinner.   Rotisserie chicken from Cub, refrigerator section mashed potatoes, and corn.

    After we washed the mashed potatoes off the walls, the furniture, and the children, and shook the towels from the floor outside, we got to the presents.   (until grandparenting 2 boys that were only 13 months apart, I did not realize that eating dinner could be and ‘extreme sport’)

   2 year old got his dinosaurs, and the 3 year old got puzzles and a Leapfrog (like a jr. ipod for kiddies) from Grandma and Grandpa.    (total well over 300 dollars)   I also threw in a one dollar, light up, bouncy ball that I thought would be fun.    Of course, after the ball lit up you could just forget about anything else.   They didn’t even want to open their other gifts.   It was just “fight over the ball and throw it on the floor to light it up again”.    Kent asked me what was I thinking to just get one ball for the two of them!

   I forgot the rule of gift giving for preschoolers.   ‘Forget the present, just give them the box.’   20 years from now they won’t ask me if I remember the year they got the Leapfrog (jr. ipad thingy). They will say, “Remember that incredible ball that lit up when you threw it on the floor!”

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