Babysitting tips for out-of-town grandparents.

Babysitting grandkids is a big deal, especially for us out-of-town grandparents who aren’t weekly babysitters. If you’re like me, you want to do everything possible to make the parents comfortable about leaving their children with you. I did some asking around and found that parents … Read more

Sharing wishes for your visit with grandkids.

For most families, it’s “a given” that you’ve made the trip to their city to spend time with your grandchild. But beyond that basic requirement, you and the grandchild’s parents might have specific expectations of your time at their home. The more you share these, … 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