NEO Grandparent

NEO Grandparent

Role Players: Step Up to Step-Grandparenting

When families merge, new grandchildren often are a happy offshoot of the newly formed family. We've got a few suggestions to help navigate the step-grandparent role. Get ready to manage any bumps in the relationship with love, a sense of humor and an open heart. ...
Read more 0

Magic of Lights is at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds This Year

Lights are the hallmark of the holiday season. We're fortunate here in Northeast Ohio that we have plenty of places to see them. One that might not be on your radar is the Magic of Lights display at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Head on over and see the light. ...
Read more 0

Grandparenting: Giving the Giving Gene

No one is saying you have to skip giving a wrapped gift or two to your grandkids this Christmas. But what if you gave them something extra, something that they could give year after year as they grow older? We're talking about the gift of giving, and our experts can tell you how to do it. (Just don't forget to have something under the tree, too!) ...
Read more 0

Happy Multi-Generation Holidays (and Here’s How)

If this is your first 3-Gen holiday, think carefully about how much of your own space you will want, especially if the grandchildren are very young and things could get hectic and noisy. Will you enjoy being in the thick of it or prefer to dip in and out and have your own space to retreat to? ...
Read more 0

Don’t Play Around with Toy Safety this Christmas: Shop Smart

By the American Academy of Pediatrics
If you’ve got a little one on your holiday shopping list, keep safety at the top of your “must haves.”
Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys.

Read on to learn what to look for when buying toys and how a few simple ideas for safe use can often prevent injuries.

Preventing Injuries from Toys:

Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, toys can cause serious injury or even death. This happens when toys are dangerous or used in the wrong way.

10 Toy Buying Tips:

Here are tips to help you choose safe and appropriate toys for your child.

  1. Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages the toy is safe for. Be sure to show your child how to use the toy the right way.
  2. Think LARGE. Make sure all toys and parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking.
  3. Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air. They can cause serious eye injuries or choking.
  4. Avoid toys that are loud to prevent damage to your child’s hearing.
  5. Look for stuffed toys that are well made. Make sure all the parts are on tight and seams and edges are secure. It should also be machine washable. Take off any loose ribbons or strings to avoid strangulation. Avoid toys that have small bean-like pellets or stuffing that can cause choking or suffocation if swallowed.
  6. Buy plastic toys that are sturdy. Toys made from thin plastic may break easily.
  7. Avoid toys with toxic materials that could cause poisoning. Make sure the label says “nontoxic.”
  8. Avoid hobby kits and chemistry sets for any child younger than 12 years.
...
Read more 0

Stan Hywet Deck the Halls is Back for Another Season of Holiday Merriment

The fire pit is the place to relax and warm up with refreshments from the Gingerbread Bakeshop, and the Salty Reindeer: hot gingerbread cookies, cocoa, popcorn, beer, wine, Bavarian pretzels and more. Molly's Shop is fully stocked for holiday shopping and the Café is a place to enjoy more substantial fare and holiday treats. ...
Read more 0

Legal Legacy; Plan Today for Your Heirs Tomorrow

We always say there is no one-size-fits-all in estate planning. This case points out, though, that all families can benefit from talking about long-term care before it's needed and before it comes to fisticuffs and court. ...
Read more 0

Boundaries and Grandparents; Setting Limits with Love

Keep the communication lines open by discussing your boundaries before beginning. It may feel uncomfortable to address issues that are non-existent but not as uncomfortable if problems arise down the road. Sit down with everyone involved and discuss not only your expectations but also theirs. ...
Read more 0