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How Many Names is Too Many?

I really want to name our soon-to-be daughter after my grandmother or my husband's grandmother. But my husband is not a fan of either name. We finally agreed to go with Lyla, using both of their names as middle names. Is Lyla Clara Melanie too much...

Don't Call Me Grandma

Too cool for Grandma and Grandpa? Image: sxc.hu
Baby boomers, those born between the years 1946 and 1964, have never been known for maintaining the status quo. Born into the optimistic times after World War II, they rejected the staid, traditiona...

Grandmas Who Don't Babysit

It seems that there's another controversy caused by someone in the Obama household. But this time, as the saying goes, it's personal. Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson became the nation's First Grandma when she moved into the White House to ...

Grandma Bites Baby

It's an old joke -- "Dog bites man" isn't news; "Man bites dog" is. In a similar vein, a baby biting her grandmother is no big deal, but a grandmother biting her infant granddaughter -- well, that's news. And so we have the case of Penny L. Huston wh...

Worst Stocking Stuffers

As mentioned in the Best Stocking Stuffer post, buying gifts for your loved ones this Christmas or Hanukkah, stocking stuffer variety or otherwise, can be a real chore. What should be fun and festive becomes harder and harder each year, to the point...

Family Caregivers - The Downside

Sure, there are real, quantifiable benefits to having family members take care of your kids, but there are trade-offs involved too. When my son was first born, my sister-in-law's family was living with us and she watched Jared while my wife and I wor...

Grandparents Are Safest Caregivers

Not able to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for a daycare service? Feeling guilty about getting your kids' grandparents to match them while you're at work? Well, now you can make them feel guilty should they say no, given the results of a new s...

Boy drives to Grandma's house - alone

File this one away in the 'scary but true' annals. Recently, a nine-year-old boy drove to his grandma's house unattended (not that attended would be much better!). The boy, of Gifu in Japan, claimed he learned how to drive from watching his father a...

Barack Obama's grandmother dies at age 86

On the eve of one of the biggest days of his life, Senator Barack Obama received some very sad news. His grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. Senator Obama suspended his cam...

Barack Obama visits his grandmother

If your beloved grandmother got very sick, surely you would rearrange your schedule to go and visit her, yes? You might even cancel some meetings or skip the kids' swim lessons. Maybe, depending on the timing, you might have to cancel a vacation. But...

Alex Borstein is a mommy!

I LOVE Alex Borstein. Many may know her as the voice of Lois on the hit Fox adult cartoon series Family Guy (where she also serves as on of the producers), but I remember her from a little show called Mad TV, where she was a freakin' hoot. One of her...

Japan's oldest surrogate carried her own grandchild

At sixty-one years old, she wasn't the world's oldest woman to give birth, but she was, apparently, the oldest surrogate mother in a country where surrogacy is banned by the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the group that oversees such mat...

Grandma fights a fox and wins

In the left corner, wearing a garden hat and gloves, we have 77-year-old Avis Blakeslee. In the right corner, we have a crazy, rabid fox. Ding ding. That's not exactly how it went down in Avis Blakelee's Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania garden last week, b...

Michigan mom carries twins for daughter

How far would you go to help your child have a child? A Michigan mom recently showed the world exactly how far she would go when she gave birth to her daughter's twins. Crystal Sirignano, 52, gave birth last week to two healthy children, a boy and...

Grandparent views on breastfeeding

Mona Ackerman, contributor to Huffington Post and "shrink" as she calls herself, has a few choice things to say about breastfeeding. Ms. Ackerman is also a grandmother. Recently another grandmother wrote to Mona in dismay over her daughter-in-law's ...

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