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  1. Gaming with my grandson

    Well, now my grandson is 11years old and in middle school. He still loves to read (huge sigh of relief), but he also LOVES and LIVES to play video games. Especially the kinds that require acute motor skills, quick thinking and multi-tasking. Not the sort of things I’m that great at now that I’m 70 years old. But I do try and he is very encouraging.  He squeals with amusement when I get frustrated because my avatar “dies”. He particularly enjoys playing Geometry Dash which made me shudder (thoughts of barely passing math still haunt me) until he explained that it didn’t really involve math skills. No, this game was far more challenging than doing equations.  ‘It required navigating thru obstacles and collecting strange things that are valuable and pop up out of nowhere, all while avoiding other strange things that will cause your avatar to “die”. Oh, and I must mention that all this happens at the speed of “wait!  What was that?  Did I need that?  Wait, I’m “dead” again?”  This causes Jeffery to drop on the floor in spasms of uncontrollable giggles. I’m left staring at the blank screen. “Try it again, Grammies!”  I told you he was encouraging.  After several attempts with Jeffery coaching me, I still can’t master it. I pass the controls over to him, happy for the break.  ‘He’s through the first three levels before I realize he’s been “coaching” me with the wrong information.....deliberately sabotaging my efforts for his own amusement.  Smart cookie!  He realized early on that these games are not my forte. They move way too fast for me....but, I am still an integral part of our “play-time”.  I’m comic relief!  As a grandma, I am happy and honored to serve!
  2. Do you think your kids/GC get enough "downtime"/time for free and/or imaginative play? With apparent increases in HW in many school districts and perhaps morel extracurricular activities available to kids than ever (dance, martial arts, drama, soccer, Little League, art classes, scouting, year-round swimming classes and lessons in a variety of musical instruments, etc.), do you worry that they're "overscheduled?" And if you're the caregiver/babysitter of choice - or if your child has a regular GP caregiver/babysitter, are there disagreements over how much time the child should have to just relax and play? (I know that, in the end, it's the parents' decision, but are there/have there been "issues?")
  3. GP.com just published and thought-provoking article about the value of "risky play":   http://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/safety/risky-play-healthy-child-development   But now I'm wondering how common/accepted it is for GP (or other relative) caregivers to let their GC/relative kids take the same kind of risks their parents might? I know there are some risks my YDD feels are only ok if she's there (like letting the kids swim in the deep end of the pool). It's not that she doesn't want her young children to ever engage in something "risky" - it's that she wants to be there if/when they do. And I'm wondering if many parents feel the same way?   By the same token, I know I'm more cautious w/ my DGC than I was w/ my own kids - I guess b/c, in the end, as often as I take care of my DGC, they are still someone else' kids. But I know some GPs who say they're "more relaxed" b/c they've "been there before." So now I'm wondering, too, which is the more common attitude?   What do you think? (Please feel free to draw on your own experiences or observations, if you'd like.)
  4. Some people worry that kids, today, don't play outside enough. Please let us know, below, any time you take your grand(or other relative)kids outdoors and what activities you engage them in. Whether it's playing in their/your backyard or going to the zoo, an amusement park, etc., please feel free to tell us about it. Also, if you will, please share with us any new ideas for outdoor activities with kids.
  5. Unexpected phone calls

    It used to be that my daughter or son-in-law would call, talk for awhile and then try to coax my then-5 year old grandson, Jeffery to the phone. He was, of course, reluctant....so at the most I would hear whinning in the background, or maybe be blessed with a hastily uttered "Hello" and then dead air. Well, happily those days are gone. A couple of weeks ago, I answer the phone and (seeing on caller ID that it is my daughter) answer, "Hi, Pumpkin!" In an excited rush I hear, "Hi Grammie Pownkies!" ...it's my grandson! Then in a quieter, more tentative and hopeful voice, "Can you come over and play with me?" I melt. Right there and then. He had me at "Hi". How could I say no? Why would I say no? My presence has been requested, and I am putty in the hands of a 6 year old child. I drop (gladly) the chores I had hoped to accomplish this day, and head over to exhalt in the love and excitement of Jeffery. I willingly play game over game with him.....the rules are Jeffery's and occassionally he even lets me win, although I shall never break the code of how they are to be played. It doesn't matter. Jeffery has summoned me and I answered the call willingly! I await the next phone call, and hope that I will be able to change my plans to happily accomodate this precious little child.