The Little Things

Years ago, when my daughters were on the edge of adolescence, a neglected item of clothing allowed me a moment of time travel. In a burst of spring cleaning, I found one of my...

Act One, Enter Giggling

“Hairbrush Mom!”Natasha, sweet 16 this month, is trying to get rid of knots before she leaves for school, but her mom won’t lend her brush.“Use your own!”“But mine’s not working properly. The bristles are...

Model Grandmas

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” Have you ever thought about what your actions are teaching your grandchildren? Rumour has it that my...

Celebrating Family Heritage

Hanging on our wall is a large family tree that dates back to 1760. It’s fun to count how many “Benjamins” there are throughout the generations, and sad to see how many children died...

Keeping Gramma Company

Freshly home from hospital following day surgery, I am nestled in bed surrounded by pillows and tissues and cups of tea, and just dozing off when the doorbell rings.“Hallooooo…????” It is my daughter, dropping...

Supporting Healthy Language Development

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I work alongside many kinds of caregivers to help support the healthy language development of children of all ages. Most frequently, this means I am working closely with the parents...

Welcome to Island GRAND

Looking for a name more creative than Grandma or Grandpa? Then pick up a copy of Georgia Witkin’s The Modern Grandparent’s Handbook and look no further.Along with the standard grandparent name variations—Nana, Papa, Granny...