I stumbled across a website the other day called www.grandparents.com. Not that I am one yet – I’m way too young. But I hang out with some “older” people who are.
The site has some interesting content and offers solutions and tips on dealing with your grands – whether small children or those going through the dreaded teen years.
Today they ran a feature on celebrity grands including Goldie Hawn who got her start in show business wearing “gogo boots” on Laugh In. Naturally her grandchildren call her “GoGo.” Just look at her – my Nana would never have dressed this way. I would have died from embarrassment!
But then again…more power to her. I do have one of those upper arm bracelets but no ones knows because I’m wearing long sleeves to hide flabby triceps. But just wait, I’m lifting. Won’t be long when I can take my bracelet public.
Then there’s Beatle Sir Paul McCartney who has five grandchildren. I can still remember him singing “When I’m 64” and thinking that was a million years away. I think he passed that age several years ago. Apparently Heather Mills decided she didn’t need him on the dark side of 64 after all.
There is a special section called “Ask GrumPa.” You can write in with problems you may be having and he offers some practical solutions. Here’s a sampling”
My teenage grandson wants to be an investment banker. He dresses in baggy jeans, dirty T-shirts, and has his hair gelled in multi-colored spikes. How can I make him understand that he will never get a banking job dressing that way? Oh, yes, and he’s talking about getting a nose ring and a few tattoos. What can I do?
Don’t eat your heart out. If he really wants to be an investment banker, he will eventually discover Brooks Brothers or J. Press. But meanwhile, check out the internet and look up the high-school graduation pictures of the very rich and very successful: Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, etc. Dorky teens all. Just make sure his tattoo is on a discreet body part. If you offer to get one with him, that may be enough to stop the pursuit cold.