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Pbskids.org — find videos and games starring favorite characters like Curious George, Elmo and Clifford.
Parenting Consultant Offers Help — Consider a First Time Parent Package or Coming Home Package as a gift for the new mom. Suzy Martyn, Parenting Consultant and author of Enjoying the Ride, will provide one on one consultation and advice. This is a lovely way to be supportive if you can't be there to help.
Hanna Andersson Clothing — This company is called the "Rolls Royce" of children's clothiers. We love these cotton cuddlers because they wear like iron--and because the founder and president of Hanna Andersson, Gun Derhardt, has her heart in the right place: note her "hannadowns" used-clothing-donation program and the terrific maternity and child care benefits she gives her employees.
Butterfly Kisses — If you are a long-distant grandparent looking for a heartwarming book to share with your grandchildren, this book is for you. We are always looking for ways to unite the generations despite the distance and Butterfly Kisses is a gem. It brought tears to my eyes when I first read it. The concept of helping your grandchild use his imagination, memory and nature — the sun, flowers, leaves, rainbows, birds, frogs, stars and the moon — to keep close and remind you of each other is lovely. Highly recommended!
Under the Lamb — The Dowling family has created a delightful "Flip along Fun" book and other treasures for children and their families. Stop by and see why everyone's "flipping" over their toys, books, and blocks!
Aptus Insurance —an excellent personal financial guide for new parents.
HealthyStuff.org — a quick reference for finding non-toxic toys and gifts.
Babycenter.com — find out everything your newborn, toddler or pre-school grandchild will be up to developmentally thanks to this easy-to-read, informative site.
Mothering.com — for families striving to raise their children naturally and organically.
Parenting.com — use the handy reference tabs for health guides and ages and stages to read articles.
MrModem.com — Mr. Modem, author of Mr. Modem's Internet Guide for Seniors and columnist for Smart Computing magazine, has been helping grandparents with their computer and Internet questions since 1988, and he can help you!
Mr. Modem provides prompt, personal, plain-English answers to computer questions by email, plus computer tips, virus and spyware alerts, Web site recommendations, hoax warnings, and more delivered to your in-box each week.
Another excellent article about what AS and HFA are and are not entitled "Special Needs III: A Different Kind of Grandparenting" by Jodi M. Webb. In clear terms, Jodi emphasizes that knowledge is power and explains the need for the grandparent to educate him/her self to learn "how to interact in ways best suited to the child."
ASPEN is forming a Grandparents’ Network. It will be a closed Facebook forum for sharing ideas and information with other grandparents who have grandchildren with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High-functioning-autism (HFA). To access the ASPEN Grandparents’ Network, call 201-391-0758 or e-mail Lottie Esteban at Meshi510@aol.com. Lottie is both a parent and a grandparent of a child with AS.
Community.grandparents.com — a great place for chatting with other grandparents.
GrandmaIdeas.com — Known as "Digi-Gram," Nina Lewis reviews products, shares fun activities and occasionally offers freebies.
Gagasisterhood.com — a site where grandma’s can blog, bond, brag and benefit from sharing.
Grandparent.about.com — this is one of our favorite grandparenting sites. The activities are varied and fun and the articles timely and helpful.
Grandparents.com is an extensive site offering activities, toys, advice, food, vacation recommendations, blogs and information geared to your grandchild’s specific age.
Theartofgrandparenting.com — An interesting site that connects to a blog where you can share stories and videos, get answers, and much more. You can read reviews and interviews by Valerie Connelly, the editor of The Art of Grandparenting: Loving, Spoiling, Teaching and Playing with Your Grandchildren, a collection of 20 personal essays by fellow grandparents.
Thenanablogs.com offers a place to share thoughts... and a place to brag about grandkids!
Boomthis.com — You'll love this site! Boom This! is your source for all things Baby Boomer--money and retirement, health and fitness, work and play, boomer lifestyle, family (grandparents) and friends, and more...take a look!
The AARP Foundation Grandparent Information Center (GIC) provides information, referrals, and outreach for grandparents, policy makers, corporations and direct-service providers, with a special emphasis on support for grandparents who provide care for their grandchildren. The GIC offers a free, quarterly newsletter for grandparents who provide care for their grandchildren, and has an extensive website featuring a searchable Grandparent Local Support Database, State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children, and informative articles for grandparents in their various roles.
55-Alive — This resource for retirees offers lots of great articles on travel, grandparenting, and other senior issues.
GRAND Magazine — Filled with pertinent information and excellent articles of interest to grandparents and baby boomers.
Third Age — An innovative and comprehensive resource for seniors. It's worth a visit.
Foundation for Grandparenting — A wonderful organization dedicated since 1980 to the "betterment of society through intergenerational involvement." Check there first for the latest research on grandparenting and info about a neat summer camp for grandparents and their grandchildren!
ProudGrandparents.co.uk — Whether you are a new or a "seasoned" grandparent you'll find lots of useful information about gifts, activities and overcoming problems on this site.
Chinaberry — When you receive the Chinaberry catalog, you not only get extensive and wonderful reviews of children's books and resources; you also get a warm, uplifting messages about parenting and grandparenting. The materials you find through Chinaberry will enrich your entire family!
Familiesonlinemagazine.com — From parenting advice and family fun to retirement and family finance, this comprehensive site is one you'll want to visit. You'll find parenting and grandparenting tips from the experts, children crafts, recipes, and family vacations. You'll also find information on child development, kids books, plus sports and entertainment features.
Hedgehog Books — What a great idea! At Hedgehog Books, real-live teachers give their recommendations for great children's books and educational resources. They provide suggested reading lists and a place to ask questions, as well as a huge collection of wonderful ideas for your grandchild. It's heaven for book lovers — and those who want to spark a child's interest in reading.
Food for Tots — Feeling inspired to try a cooking project with a young grandchild? Check out this wonderful resource first — it has lots of great recipes for cooking projects and kitchen experiments. You can also sign up there for a free newsletter.