Grandparents As Parents-Grandparents Getting Custody of a Grandchild

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Grandparents as parents, again. Grandparents are being recycled as parents, becoming a second time around parent to one or more grandchildren. Millions of grandparents have returned to the role of parent, including us. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, over the last 25 years, the number of children being raised by someone other than a parent has increased dramatically, with the vast majority of these children being raised by their grandparents.

The numbers of grandparents raising grandchildren, actually raising their grandchild(ren) as parents typically would, versus grandchildren and parents simply living in the grandparents home, continues to increase. Between 1990 and 1998, the number of families in grandparent-headed households without either parent present increased by 53 percent, and the 2000 Census Report placed the total number of children living in a grandparent- or other relative-headed household at 6 million.
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CDC Lists 131 Ways for an Infant to Die: Vaccines and Sudden Death (SIDS)

babies There are 130 official ways for an infant to die. These official categories of death, sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are published in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).[1-3] When a baby dies, coroners must choose from among these 130 categories.

The official causes of death listed in the ICD include nearly every imaginable — and tragic — possibility. However, there is NO category for infant deaths caused by vaccines.[4] This is odd because the federal government is aware that vaccines permanently disable and kill some babies — the very reason Congress established a “death and disability” tax on childhood vaccines more than 25 years ago when the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660) created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
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First They Came for the Anti-Vaxxers

By Bretigne Shaffer

Vaccines Earlier this year I spent a few days at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with my daughter who was having an EEG done. On our way home, I learned that there had been an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria while we were there, that it had infected seven people and killed two of them. My daughter and I were fine – the infection having been limited to people using a particular kind of duodenoscope.

When the story hit the news, I fully expected nationwide outcry similar to that inspired by the recent measles “epidemic” that began at Disneyland. That outbreak killed no-one, yet set the country on fire with calls for mandatory vaccination and even prison sentences for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. Drug-resistant “superbugs” kill nearly 15,000 people a year in the US and a recent report predicts that they could kill as many as 300 million people by 2050. Surely this far more deadly health threat would lead to similar widespread outrage and calls for those even remotely responsible to be held accountable.

I expected to see editorials calling for anyone who engaged in the overuse of antibiotics to be shunned by society; doctors who prescribed them unnecessarily (around 50% of all prescriptions by some estimates) to be censured and perhaps lose their licenses; parents who asked for antibiotics every time their child had an ear infection – despite the fact that the vast majority are not bacterial and are unaffected by antibiotics – to be thrown in jail for endangering the rest of us. But I saw nothing along these lines. Why not?
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Questioning Vaccines Doesn’t Make You Anti-Science

Vaccine Questions In the pro- vs. anti- vaccine debate, the “pro” side often accuses the “anti” side of being anti-science. In my observations from the sidelines, nothing could be further from the truth.

What is science but asking questions? Isn’t that the very foundation of the scientific method? The vast majority of non-vaxers that I have had the privilege of interacting with have spent countless hours asking questions and searching for the answers. Of course, they can’t pursue the scientific method themselves in the sense of performing experiments and observing responses when it comes to vaccines, so they are left with sorting through the piles of evidence left behind by other scientists of the past and present.
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My Willow Tree Grandparents With Grandchildren Figurines Collection

Willow Tree Grandparents As a grandparent with several grandchildren, and surely more to come in years ahead, I was instantly drawn to the Willow Tree figurine collection, Susan Lordi’s line of carved, figurative sculptures.

I was introduced to Willow Tree figurines a few years ago when I received the “Together” Willow Tree figurine from my husband as a Christmas gift. I was hooked on Willow Tree ever since, and have regularly searched for any and all newly added items to the Willow Tree family of products.

I’m especially drawn to the Willow Tree Grandparents figurine collection, and have gradually been building my personal collection of these figurines from the grandparents family groupings and individual children/grandchildren figures, pictured here.
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Preparing for the Holidays

holiday preparations The Holidays are Coming! The Holidays are Coming! The holiday season is upon us, with Halloween due in a couple of weeks, followed by Thanksgiving shortly thereafter, and then Christmas and New Years. Where has the year gone?!

The stores are stocking up on all of the holiday goods, and we’re in full holiday mode in our home, making necessary preparations for family gatherings and fun times for all. I think my favorite holiday of all is Thanksgiving. Family and friends gathering together to enjoy each others company and joyful conversation, making memories, and enjoying good tasting food.

Christmas this year will be a bit thinner as far as gift-giving is concerned, having trimmed down our list of gift recipients to just our grandchildren. With an ever-growing family, new marriages bringing in additional in-laws, and with more and more grandkids coming along, the holiday-spending budget is feeling much happier now.
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LunchBots Stainless Steel Food Containers and Bento Boxes

LunchBots Stainless Steel Food Containers Jacqueline Linder, Founder and CEO of LunchBots, the family-owned business providing consumers healthy and safe stainless steel lunch and snack food containers, is an entrepreneur and company I greatly respect. With the growing awareness and concern about the abundance of harmful plastic products used in many homes, more people are making the necessary changes to get rid of their plastic storage containers and are searching for healthier options.

When I first heard about LunchBots awhile back, it was important to me to take the time needed to check out the quality of their product line, the company’s history and mission, rather than just jumping on the bandwagon full steam ahead simply based on a few online reviews.
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Telling It Like It Is on Facebook

Telling It Like It Is on Facebook Telling It Like It Is is now on Facebook, with our own Facebook fan page. I have been asked more times than I can count to create a Facebook fan page for this blog, Telling It Like It Is, so this past weekend I created a fan page and I’d like to invite all of you to come and enjoy the page with me.

When I’ve been asked, Why don’t you have a fan page on Facebook for this site, I really didn’t have a good answer for them. I’ve had a personal Facebook for quite a long time, and since I’ve been writing on this site for several years, I really should have made a fan page for subscribed readers and followers to “Like” and actively engage with outside of the comments section here a long time ago.
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Grandma Needs Baby Stuff For Baby Going to Grandma’s House

Grandma Needs for Baby Having been a long distance Grandma for the last few years, where I travel to visit and spend time with the grand babies and family, there really wasn’t a need for me to have very much baby stuff at our house. All I needed was my digital postal scale for determining shipping costs for baby toys or clothes being shipped to another state. To me, having a digital postal scale is an absolute necessity even if you’re not a grandma or grandpa, but have family and loved ones living in another state.

Once we began having grand babies being born much closer to home, it quickly became obvious that this Grandma was going to need to buy a few things to have on hand for when baby comes to visit grandma and grandpa or spend the night/weekend at grandma and grandpa’s house. Grandma’s that will be babysitting baby when mom goes back to work also need to be well-stocked in baby gear and products for taking care of baby, to greatly reduce the amount of baby stuff having to be carried over to grandma’s house all of the time. What does grandma need for babies and toddlers?
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Spanish Toys – Kids Learning Spanish Educational Toys and Games

Spanish for Kids Movies Giving kids Spanish toys and games to help them in learning Spanish as a second language has been high on my list of Christmas gift ideas and birthday gifts for quite some time now. Learning a second language, including Spanish, from the time kids are barely able to talk, is a great idea for bilingual parents and families.

Providing babies and toddlers and older kids a variety of ways of learning to speak Spanish fluently helps kids become fluent in Spanish or any other language at a much younger age, rather than waiting until language classes are offered in schools. The younger parents begin teaching kids Spanish, the quicker children will begin understanding and speaking words in Spanish. And as a grandparent of (hopefully) soon-to-be fluent Spanish speaking grandchildren, brushing up on my Spanish will help a lot in advancing the grandkids Spanish communication skills as well as widening my own Spanish vocabulary. It’s a Win-Win on all sides.
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