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. ...
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What Kid Wouldn’t Remember Skating with Grandma and Grandpa? Make Memories at Wade Oval

Warm up with a few turns on the ice at The Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle. Kids of all ages (and we're talking you, Boomers) can rent a pair of skates and see if the ice is just as hard as you remember it. ...
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Give the Gift of Camp This Holiday Season

Every holiday season, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are faced with the difficult decision of what to gift to children. This year, as part of your holiday gift list, consider the gift of camp.

Camp provides children with a healthy environment of organized activities, free play, friendship building, problem-solving, and more. It offers experiential, energetic, and interactive activities that are a healthy respite from too much screen time.

Find the right camp by using the American Camp Association’s Find a Camp tool. You can search by activity, cost, location, and more. Find a Camp connects over 1.2 million families with camp each year.

As the holiday season approaches, offer the children in your life a gift that will provide them the opportunity for experiential learning and growth — plus memories, skills, and experiences they will cherish their entire lives.

Click here to print a free “gift of camp” certificate. Tuck it in a new backpack, roll it in a new sleeping bag, wrap it around a new flashlight — or put it in a traditional gift box complete with colorful paper and a bow. No matter how it’s delivered, imagine the delight when the gift is opened, and the child discovers that camp is in his or her future.

Looking for more information about summer camps in the region? Make plans to attend Northeast Ohio Parent’s Camp Fair 2019. Click here for more information.


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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!) ...
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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? ...
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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.
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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. ...
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Money Moves; How 529 Savings Plans Benefit You & Your Grandchild

“If education has been a family tradition and core value, it's a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy,” she says. “The estate tax advantage of placing assets in 529 plans is also compelling. 529 plan assets are not included in taxable estates. This can save significant estate taxes for high net worth families.” ...
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