The Conversation will occur, why not start it

Where do you want to spend your retirement? How do you want to spend your retirement? When we wait too long to tell our family what our plans are, often they are the ones doing the… Click To Tweet Whether you are 50, 60 and yes possibly even  70 and still working, the subject of retirement has probably come up. If you are already retired then the topic of what you are going to do as you get older will dominate.  Regardless of which it is this conversation is one that really needs to happen. But it is a  conversation that will go better if you are the one to start it. The best time of times happen when planned. When I wrote the book about helping aging parents I really wasn’t thinking of myself or my own need to have the conversation. I would guess that most of you also don’t believe that the conversation is needed at this moment. Well, I think we are both wrong. The conversation will be needed, and for my part, I would rather be the instigator than feeling I am be conspired against. I also think that the older we get the more (more…)

Summer time is kid time, not so much your time

Above all kids need to be kept busy Click To Tweet Are you ready? Most parents and grandparents love and hate summer simultaneously. The kids and grandkids are out of school and their fun begins. That is of course if you have arranged all the summer activities, made arrangements for visits and all those necessary summer camps. Above all kids need to be kept busy, are else you will continually hear how bored they are. sharing nature Isn’t it strange how the origin of kids not going to school in the summer was so that they could help with the farming and crops? With most family no longer farming the tables have turned.  For most parents, the days of needing the kids to help on the farm have been turned into days of you helping them stay occupied and out of trouble. I can image that challenge is bigger especially in cities and towns where there is just not much for kids to do, especially for 8 t0 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for 8+ weeks. Wow,  tires me out just writing about it. Things are not much different if you are a grandparent. For many of (more…)