This article has lots of good advice and should be mandatory reading for "newby" grandparents. It provides two "Golden Rules" to follow in dealing with adult children around their parenting. While grandparents undoubtedly have had the experience of raising their own children, it is important that they let the new parents make their own mistakes and keep in mind how it felt when their parents and in-laws offered unsolicited advice. Grandparents that respect their children's desires and choices will be most appreciated...and can play a real role in doling out love and suggestions (when asked!)
It seems that doting grandparents and those who are health care providers are being urged to get the T.D.A.P. vaccine, short for tetanus, diptheria and acellular pertussis, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is usually family members that pass these diseases on to very young children (under a year old), particularly pertussis (aka whooping cough) that effects people of any age. The cost of the vaccine is around $35 plus the cost of the injection and the only side effect is a sore arm.
Coming of Age is excited to introduce you to a magazine that lives up to its name! GRAND is an online resource for grandparents that covers topics that will interest you as a "grand" and as someone who appreciates the richness and excitement of this stage of life. We think it is worth your time to click and see what the March issue of the magazine looks like and has to say... compliments of Coming of Age.