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The Club Sandwich Generation

The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

Release Date: 05/01/2020

Earning, Spending, Saving show art Earning, Spending, Saving

The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

Every family handles, and teaches about, money differently. In this episode, Emily talks with three people about earning, spending, and saving, and how they grandparent (and parent) around the topic of money. SHOW NOTES Tim Sheehan's service lets your grands manage cash using a plastic card instead of currency. If they have one, you can to their cards. The Stretch It Takes: Money (Emily's Essay) Money is kind of a funny concept. And let’s face it, even in its most tangible forms - bills and coins - money is still more of an idea than a reality. Our cold, hard cash transmits the concepts of...

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

To commemorate Grandparents Day, here's a poem from author Rolanda T. Pyle celebrating those grandparents who double as full-time caregivers...the topic of an upcoming full episode.

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

Dealing with the Pandemic has triggered some hard questions for Emily that are bigger than grandparenting. Older people have a tougher time recovering from COVID-19 infection, making our futures a bit more uncertain. Emily is asking: are we living lives well-lived? And what can change at this late hour? She interviews a filmmaker, a researcher, and a young parent with perspectives and riveting stories about grandparents who have lived well. RESOURCES Skye Bergman's film is Lives Well Lived: Receive her newsletter by writing to  . You can , , and see other films of hers:  ...

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

As we prepare to restart a regular schedule of episodes in Season 3, here's a bonus episode with an example the new diversity of voices we will bring in. This interview with a millennial parent was to have been the start of a whole new podcast, but we decided instead to include voices like hers in TGL and make it more diverse, rather than spin off another podcast. Let's all really listen to each other in our diversity and work together in making this a "grand life" for all the generations involved in grandparenting.

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

The better we understand ourselves, the better we can relate to our children—and the better our relationships with our grandchildren. Emily talks with author and counselor Beth Booram about the Enneagram, a great tool for self-knowledge, and the challenges of transitioning from parent to grand. We also hear from Caitlin, a young mom who is working a parallel transition with her kids’ grandparents (that is, her own mom and dad). We start the episode with another TGL production meeting, and you’re invited to the conversation on what’s next for Emily and her producer/husband Mike. Beth...

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

During this Covid-19 pandemic, grandparenting continues to evolve. Who knows? We might even be called upon to teach our grands when school resumes. Grandparenting is constantly  evolving from three generations ago when we, as grandparents, were grandchildren. Where we live, where our grands live, who travels, how often--the expectations are not the same. What is the one factor that had changed grandparenting the most? Explore this with Emily Morgan and her friend Mickey, whose pipe-smoking granny makes for a great story. Also in Episode 1: Relationship Yoga: Send The Letter Passing On...

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

What words do you want your grands to remember you by? Emily's guests from Season Two share some wise and practical sayings their grandparents passed down to them. In The Stretch It Takes, she considers the weight of words and the power of actions--and see her essay reproduced below. We wrap with a production meeting on what’s coming in Season Three, and Emily's brand new podcast is pre-announced.  (Visit https://thegrandlife.libsyn.com for more show notes.)

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

As lifespans increase and money gets tight, today's grandparents are caught in a "club sandwich"--layers of caregiving that go one generation back and two forwards. If you take care of your parents, your children, and you grands, then you're part of The Club Sandwich Generation. Emily and her guests talk about challenges and anxieties, impact on the extended family, and how to take care of yourself.

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

When your grands are out of reach, whether by distance or quarantine, the ache can be a deep one. Emily explores the frustrations over this kind of separation, and she uncovers many helpful ideas to close that distance between you and your long-distance grands. 

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The Grand Life: Grandparenting Our Grands

Grandchildren with disabilities bring about differences in relationships, family dynamics, and grandparenting. Emily talks with two grandmothers, a doctor, and an author about the differences and similarities we share with our grands with specific medical needs and physical challenges. 

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As lifespans increase and money gets tight, today's grandparents are caught in a "club sandwich"--layers of caregiving that go one generation back and two forwards. If you take care of your parents, your children, and you grands, then you're part of The Club Sandwich Generation. Emily and her guests talk about challenges and anxieties, impact on the extended family, and how to take care of yourself.

SHOW NOTES

Larry Lannan (in this episode with his wife Jane) has produced a podcast for four years focusing on public affairs in Fishers, Indiana at LarryInFishers.com. He's recently shifted focus to the arts and non-profits--so he can devote more time to his club sandwich.

DeeDee (@morethangrand on Facebook and Instagram) runs a website and blog full of great ideas on grandparenting at morethangrand.com