Selecting the best dates for your visit to grandkids.

Wrong way to ask to come for a visit: A grandma leaves a voice mail or sends an email saying, “Dad and I want to come to Ft. Lauderdale to your house August 12 through 24, right after we visit the Callahans in Orlando which … Read more

Honor grandkids’ routines, especially bedtime.

Being a house guest is not easy — and neither is having a house guest. I have found that becoming “part” of the family occurrs when I blend in with their routine rather than making my visit too much of an out-of-the-ordinary experience. For instance: … Read more

Understanding who’s in control when you’re an out-of-town grandparent.

For now, two parties have control over how involved you’ll be with your grandchild: the parents and you. This applies to in-town grandparenting, of course, but when the little one is far away, understanding the power of both parties is the first step toward becoming … Read more

What you might be feeling as an out-of-town grandparent.

“I can’t talk right now,” your dear friend says when she answers your phone call. “Maggie just dropped by with the kids and they’re helping me wash the blueberries we just picked. I’ll call you later!” With a thud, I realize that scene is never … Read more