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That’s right, you heard it from us first!  By the end of July, we will have a BIG announcement for you.  Keep your eyes peeled for this announcement!

Did you know that the Census Bureau is reporting that there is an increase in the number of children living with their grandparents?  For the last twenty years, this number has increased, mainly among white families.

There are many reasons for this increase, all of which are unique to the family’s situation.  However, the main reason for the increase of children living with grandparents has been because of divorce.

For grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, there are a lot of emotional and financial ups and downs.

Are you raising your grandchild(ren) or are you living with your grandparent?

For more on this story, click here.


On July 22, 2011 there will be a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Cookout in Taunton, MA.  For more information, follow this link.

What do you get for a child who was just born?  Do you get them a blanket, a teddy bear, clothes, baby bottles, etc.?  Or have you gotten them something that will last an entire lifetime and grow with them as they get older?

If you are thinking about what to get for a newborn, you should think about starting either a college fund or a retirement fund.  Both of these funds will grow with the child.  These funds will also give the child the gift of an education or the gift of retirement money, especially in a time, many years from now, when Social Security may be very scarce.  After setting up these accounts, there should be an annual deposit goal.

I think these are great gifts.  What do you think?


To read more about setting up these funds for newborns, follow this link.

North Dakota’s AARP is now sponsoring a “Why I Love My Grandparents” Essay Contest.  For more information, follow this link.

The National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights is very excited to announce that after lots of hard work and long hours writing the New Jersey Bill S2975, Senator Weinberg announced the bill.  The bill will establish new standards for New Jersey courts to grant sibling or grandparent visitation rights under certain circumstances.

Now that it is officially summer, do you have any books you really want to read?  Or, are there any books that you enjoy reading over and over my personal favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)?  How many of these books do you read with your grandchild/grandchildren?

Here are my favorites:

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Three Little Dassies by Jan Brett
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • The Rainbow Fish Series by Marcus Pfister and J. Alison James
  • Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon

Susan Dove Lempke, a writer for Niles Patch came out with a list of fun summer books for children, parents, and grandparents to read together.  Here is her list:

  • It’s Vacation Time by Lerryn Korda
  • Hooray for Summer by Kazuo Iwamura
  • The Longest Day by Wendy Pfeffer
  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

For more of Lempke’s article, follow this link.