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  • Life Is Short! Act Now
    September 9, 2017 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Life Is Short! Act Now

    This week my twelve-year-old granddaughter received horrible news. For the second time in a matter of weeks a grandfather has died. Her paternal grandfather had heart surgery about a year ago but seemed to have recovered fairly well. So, everyone...

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  • Influence: Parenting and Grandparenting
    June 12, 2017 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Influence: Parenting and Grandparenting

    We had three graduations in our family this year, so spring was busy! Andrew turned eighteen in May and graduated from grade twelve in June. I was surprised to watch all the goings-on to prepare him for the ceremonies and...

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  • Influencing Your Grandchildren
    June 9, 2013 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Influencing Your Grandchildren

    I just returned from a week of being with my eighteen and fourteen-year-old grandsons while their parents were on a golfing trip in Montana. My calendar indicated that I would be away "for influencing purposes". You see I can't change...

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  • Things to Prepare Before Going to an Outing
    July 28, 2011 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Things to Prepare Before Going to an Outing

    This week is our city's Stampede and I have been blessed to have my daughter and her family stay with me in order to attend. There were several things that I did in order to prepare so that we could...

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  • Three Gift-Giving Mistakes
    October 29, 2010 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Three Gift-Giving Mistakes

    This week a grandparent told me how sad she was when her little grandson opened the gift she had carefully purchased and wrapped for him only to throw it to the side saying, "I already have this". There are three...

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  • I'm Worried About My Grandchild
    August 11, 2010 Dr. Linda Hancock

    I'm Worried About My Grandchild

    It's hard being a grandparent. You see we are filled with this overwhelming love for the little person and, at the same time, feel that we know exactly what that child needs. Sometimes we might not like the parent of...

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  • What Your Teenage Grandchildren Love to Do
    April 13, 2009 Dr. Linda Hancock

    What Your Teenage Grandchildren Love to Do

    Sometimes grandparents state that they don't understand teenagers.  Today I have been with my 14-year-old grandson and he has helped me understand what he enjoys. Here are the things that Alexander enjoys: Xbox - This is a game system which...

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  • How to Be a Gift-Giving Success at Christmas!
    December 5, 2008 Dr. Linda Hancock

    How to Be a Gift-Giving Success at Christmas!

    I have six grandchildren ranging in age from 3 years to 14 years of age. Each year I have tried to shop for the "perfect" gift for each. Then I would spend hours and considerable money wrapping, labeling, packaging, and...

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  • The Rules
    November 20, 2008 Dr. Linda Hancock

    The Rules

    Often my adult children, with shocked expressions, ask me "How did you get them to do that?" They are referring to the fact that their children who are "picky eaters" enjoy stew or other foods that they won't eat at...

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  • Communicating With Your Grandchildren
    November 20, 2008 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Communicating With Your Grandchildren

    The subject line of the email simply read "Tee-hee". I was surprised to open it and realize that it was from my ten year old granddaughter. She obviously was happy and had used what I thought was an old-fashioned term...

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