Telling stories from your own life is a great way to connect with grandkids.
The holidays can be a great time for Grandma to really connect with grandkids. One way to do that is by letting them connect with you.
Mary Jo Bell encourages nanas to bond with the kids through stories. She shares the six stories your grandkids need to hear from your own life.
Make the season special for the grandkids with a little holiday hospitality.
At your family’s holiday parties this year, be the welcoming nana, the generous nana, and the warm nana. To sum it up, simply be the hospitable nana. It will be the thing to make your holiday party not just memorable, but magical.
December 9, 2022
Turn surface-level grandkid chats into deeper conversations.
Take advantage of the extra time you may get to spend with your grandkids this Christmas with deeper conversations.
Our leading voice in the Nanahood series, Mary Jo Bell, shares how.
September 20, 2022 2 min read
Nanas are needed by their families.
With our Nanahood series in motion, it’s time we introduce our leading voice.
Mary Jo Bell is an author and speaker in pursuit of filling homes with more love and more laughter. She’s a nana to nine and passionate about that role. She will be joining us monthly to help you find your nana spirit and strength because she believes nanas are needed now more than ever.
September 1, 2021 1 min read
Be a grandma in the best way!
There’s motherhood, there’s fatherhood, and now there’s a new term we are loving – nanahood! Being a grandma can be more than just play time and endless treats. Make time spent with the grandchildren meaningful and something they will remember throughout their life.
Mary Bell shares three ways she makes nanahood special for her grandkids. Women are living thirty years longer than a century ago, and that gives grandmas greater opportunities to be influential in their grandchildren’s lives.
What if grandma gave no toys this Christmas?
We know toys are the big ticket items with kids at Christmas. But as a grandma, what if you took a different approach? Spending time with your grandkids will give them emotional oxygen that will outlast any toy.
Mary Bell shares what emotional oxygen is. She gives five ideas for giving grandkids an experience with their grandparents, whether you live close to them or not. One is a gift in disguise for your daughter or daughter-in-law! While you spend time with the kids, mom can get things done.
June 23, 2022 4 min read
Bonding with grandchildren can be done with these five specific things.
Anyone can have a relationship – but not every relationship takes hold of your heart.
Author and speaker Mary Jo Bell believes there is one relationship that should. She is on a quest to strengthen the grandparent connection, and has observed five specific things grandparents can do to become genuinely close with their grandkids.