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Grandparenting with our whole hearts takes time and intention. This podcast entertains, educates, and enlightens grandparents who want to become the best they can be. Author Emily Morgan hosts an exploration of grandparenting, the relationships within the role, and the ways in which our grandparenting impacts our children--and their children.
 
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Emily talks with two millennials, a teacher and a parent, about how their music has stemmed from their parents and grandparents, and about the form it's taken in their students and children. EPISODE NOTES Emmy Bodner teaches in Clarksville (Ind.) Community Schools. Her school's video of "We Are The World" is on YouTube--and as of July, 2021 is appr…
 
It can be frustrating when the grandkids come to visit and they remain glued to their phones or other digital devices the whole time they are there. In this episode, youth culture expert Walt Mueller helps grandparents understand the new digital frontier and what it means for us and for our grandkids. This podcast will encourage you to stay connect…
 
If music defines you to any degree, then you probably love sharing your music with your grands--playing it, or just listening to tunes. This episode begins a short series on playing and sharing music as a grandparent. Plus, Emily's essay: The Stretch It Takes this week is fearlessly sharing your musical side with your grands. EPISODE NOTES Emily's …
 
We end our three-part series on faith formation in grandchildren by hearing from two Christians who take somewhat different approaches: one who feels a heavy burden to guide young people toward his faith, and another who has written a new children's book to help grandparents explain who God is. EPISODE NOTES Author Jennifer Grant is on the web at h…
 
Josh Mulvihill is a former family pastor from Minnesota who was one of the founding members of the Legacy Coalition. He is currently on the staff of Renewanation and serves as President of the Christian Grandparenting Network. In this podcast, Wayne Rice and Larry Fowler introduce Josh's message from the 2019 Legacy Grandparenting Summit and discus…
 
A working mother from the Muslim faith talks with Emily how her own parents and grandparents worked out their faith, even now influencing her and her children's faith journeys. Plus, in The Stretch It Takes, we learn how Mary Poppins is somewhat responsible for Emily's faith journey. Emily's book 52 Ways to Worship is available for Amazon Kindle. T…
 
Our guest speaker for this episode is Rob Rienow, author of the book Healing Family Relationships: A Guide to Peace and Reconciliation. During this podcast, Rob emphasizes the power of forgiveness and the virtue of patience in the process of healing and restoration. There are no perfect families but there is hope and healing for every family when r…
 
How do grandparents influence their grands to inherit their belief system? Emily begins this three-part series with a Jewish grandmother and a Mormon mother for some models and observations on imparting a "faith of origin" to grandchildren. EPISODE NOTES Emily's guest Barbara Greenleaf writes in a range of forms, including young-adult fiction and s…
 
In the conclusion of the series on aging, host Emily Morgan talks with filmmaker Dana Glaser, who has written and directed A Case of Blue, a story of an aging man who contemplates a series of second chances and finds a clearer view of himself in the process. (Photo: Tom Hussey) EPISODE NOTES Our extraordiary cover art for this episode comes from a …
 
John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, is our guest on this week's episode of Legacy Grandparenting. Speaking on the subject of Christian hope, John provides us with four pillars upon which we can live securely in the moment, knowing that our hope in Christ is not wishful thinking or mere optimism, but unwavering confidence in what we kn…
 
Continuing on the topic of aging, Emily explores what grandparents can to to keep their minds working well, well into our later years. Her guest is Dr. Leslie Kernisan, a geritrician whose website Better Health While Aging, is all about doing all we can do, so we can keep doing all that we are able, for as long as we can. (https://betterhealthwhile…
 
Emily talks with a neurologist and a psychologist about why our brain works the way it works (or doesn’t work, sometimes!) and then what hope we can find in the science behind aging. EPISODE NOTES Dr. Francine Toder's book is "The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty." She also has a website, doctod…
 
In this episode, author and speaker Ken Davis talks to grandparents about the importance of leaving a legacy of joy for our grandchildren. Co-hosts Wayne Rice, Larry Fowler and John Coulombe set up Ken's talk with a conversation about the use of humor in communication and then de-brief Ken's message by discussing some of his key points.…
 
Jay Kesler was a pioneer in the field of Intentional Christian Grandparenting. He wrote the first book on the subject and in 1999, presented a stirring message on grandparenting at a Focus on the Family conference in Colorado Springs. In this podcast, Wayne Rice and John Coulombe share that message and discuss the influence of Jay Kesler has had on…
 
In this episode of Legacy Grandparenting, co-hosts Wayne Rice, John Coulombe and Larry Fowler respond to Dr. Tony Evans as he teaches on Psalm 128 at the 2017 Legacy Grandparenting Summit. Dr. Evans highlights the role grandparents play in the in the program and plan of God for the salvation of the world.…
 
Emily sits down with New York Times columnist Paula Span, who has taken her reporting on aging and grandparenting and mixed it with her own experiences as a new grandmother (or Bubbe, as it is in Yiddish). The result is a fun new audiobook that shares what she's learned from a bunch of smart people, including her granddaughter. Paula's audiobook Th…
 
Can you start grandparenting before the birth? Absolutely, says Emily's guest Gail Root. She is a student, teacher, and advocate for practices both past and present that acknowledge a pre-born baby's ability to connect with the outside (the womb) world. Also, a check-in on a new web resource for first-time grandparents. SHOW NOTES Emily's guest, Ga…
 
Josh McDowell has spoken to more than 45 million people in over 125 countries but in 2016, he spoke to an audience of mainly grandparents for the very first time. Wayne Rice, John Coulombe and Larry Fowler share that message in this podcast and discuss Josh's seven principles for effective grandparenting.…
 
Your relationship with your grands may allow you to spot problems before distracted parents may notice them. Emily talks with author Richard Capriola, who focuses on teens with addictions and gives advice to grandparents who may uncover or suspect addictions or abuse. EPISODE NOTES Richard's book is The Addicted Child: A Parent's Guide to Adolescen…
 
Dr. Gary Chapman is the best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and co-author of Married and Still Loving It. During this podcast, Dr. Chapman shares five ways couples can keep their marriages thriving in the second half of their lives for the sake of their grandchildren. John Coloumbe, Larry Fowler and Wayne Rice respond and share their tho…
 
Emily wraps up the third episode on "the power of stories" with a chat with an executive from Scholastic, Inc.--the source of all those books sold to grade-school students from newsletters and book fairs. Their conversation took place just before World Read-Aloud Day, which framed their talk about grandparents reading aloud to their grands. THE STR…
 
Continuing the theme from last episode, Emily speaks with a 93-year-old grandfather, author, and active advocate of capturing and then "unleashing" grandparent stories. His creative partner in their website adds helpful details about a program that helps grands become powerful and prolific story-makers. SHOW NOTES Jerry and Deanna's website is gran…
 
Crawford Loritts delivered a passionate yet practical teaching on Psalm 78 to the grandparents who attended the 2016 Legacy Grandparenting Summit in Frisco, Texas. He addressed questions such as these: What is our primary reason for existence? What do we hope to accomplish as grandparents? What should be the desired outcome of intentional Christian…
 
How well do your grands know your story? Emily travels (virtually) to Trinidad to speak with Felicia Chang, a professional in the area of capturing the personal stories of our families, with a special emphasis our elders. Your story has worth and power...and is of priceless value to your grands. EPISODE NOTES Felicia Chang's TEDx Talk about how the…
 
Continuing last episode's theme, this time Emily talks with a grandparent in the US and a parent in France whose extended relationships span oceans, languages, and cultures. Adventure seasoned with selflessness is the recipe. THE STRETCH IT TAKES (Emily's essay) “We’re moving to Brussels.” Those words shocked me even though I was twenty-one, living…
 
Back in Season 2, we did an episode on Long-Distance Grandparenting which proved to be a popular subject. When the distances are really long--international--you'd think it would be harder. The pandemic has made distance less of a factor that it once was, so experienced global grandparents can teach lessons almost all of us can apply. EPISODE SHOW N…
 
Some grandparents have the time, talent, and access to become directly involved with their grands' education. Emily talks with two grandparents and a teacher who have done or seen this firsthand, which may give you ideas on how to approach this in your extended family. SHOW NOTE Learn more about Emily's third guest, Sandra Williams, from her websit…
 
Grandparents can play a range of roles in their grands' education. In Part 1 on this topic, Emily talks with a retired teacher whose journey through racial segregation in the 1950s shaped her commitment to supporting the schooling of her descendants. Emily's essay is a revealing self-portrait of a third grader, a pen pal, and a missed opportunity E…
 
The centerpiece of this episode is Emily's interview with best-selling author Barbara Graham, who has written about the collected experiences of gifted and famous grandmothers. There are lessons to be learned from her work... and from Emily's essay about loving our grands well with the time we find. Learn more about Emily's guest and her work at ba…
 
To begin Season 4, Emily talks with two members of her network on how to put our love for our grands into action--with purpose, and intentionality, and clever ideas. The payoff is a richer relationship, even when it's largely a long-distance one. To learn more about our two guests visit The Long Distance Grandparent and More than Grand.…
 
Guests from Season 3 of the podcast share memories of their grandparent's work and careers--tagging along to work with them, and being shaped by their jobs and their work ethic. Emily also interviews a grandmother who's a business-executive-turned-filmmaker. EPISODE SHOW NOTES Emily's guest has produced Beyond Sixty Project, a new documentary film.…
 
Being a parent of teenagers is a challenge you have to experience to appreciate. When we grandparent teens, our wisdom and experience should make us better at it... but do they? Emily talks with a teen, two parents, and a grandparent to explore this dynamic, which is both familiar and new all at once. The Stretch It Takes is a guest essay from gran…
 
The challenges of a daughter-in-law relationship are common, and they're not insurmountable--but working them out takes good communication, inclusivity, selfness, and love in action over time. (Sounds like grandparenting!) Emily's guests are two authors who have done a lot of thinking and writing about this rich but sensitive topic. Plus, Emily des…
 
Some grandparents have taken on the grand role while still holding onto their jobs. In this episode, Emily studies this balancing act with an author-educator, two grandmas still at work, and an adult daughter. What do they all get from the combination, and what is the cost? SHOW NOTES Author and educator Madonna Harrington Meyer's book is Grandmoth…
 
Grandparents who become caregivers for their grands are taking on a big challenge--lots of physical and mental work, and a wonderful payoff, potentially. This episode is packed with observations and insights from experts, grandparents, and moms. SHOW NOTES Fern Schumer Chapman is the co-author of Happy Harper Thursdays. Rolanda T. Pyle is the autho…
 
What are we to do when we are blocked from having a relationship with our grands by their parents--our own children? Emily explores this hard topic with a social researcher and author, an estranged grandparent who helps others manage, and a Millennial dad who shut down his relationship with his mother for the good of his family. RESOURCES Alienated…
 
What hobbies have you embraced that your grandchildren will remember, or perhaps adopted themselves? Emily presents a mash-up of recollections from her Season 3 guests who remember the hobbies of their own grandparents, Plus, a bonus interview with a super-fun grandma from Georgia and her wild-and-crazy grandkid camp. Listener advisory: there are f…
 
So many of our grandchildren have an overpowering connection to their handheld computing and gaming devices. They steal focus from the time we spend together, but it's the "new normal" in many households. How can a grandparent accept the reality without encouraging the intrusion? Emily talks with three guests who bring their personal and profession…
 
Every family handles, and teaches about, money differently. In this episode, Emily talks with three people about earning, spending, and saving, and how they grandparent (and parent) around the topic of money. SHOW NOTES Tim Sheehan's service Greenlight lets your grands manage cash using a plastic card instead of currency. If they have one, you can …
 
Dealing with the Pandemic has triggered some hard questions for Emily that are bigger than grandparenting. Older people have a tougher time recovering from COVID-19 infection, making our futures a bit more uncertain. Emily is asking: are we living lives well-lived? And what can change at this late hour? She interviews a filmmaker, a researcher, and…
 
As we prepare to restart a regular schedule of episodes in Season 3, here's a bonus episode with an example the new diversity of voices we will bring in. This interview with a millennial parent was to have been the start of a whole new podcast, but we decided instead to include voices like hers in TGL and make it more diverse, rather than spin off …
 
The better we understand ourselves, the better we can relate to our children—and the better our relationships with our grandchildren. Emily talks with author and counselor Beth Booram about the Enneagram, a great tool for self-knowledge, and the challenges of transitioning from parent to grand. We also hear from Caitlin, a young mom who is working …
 
During this Covid-19 pandemic, grandparenting continues to evolve. Who knows? We might even be called upon to teach our grands when school resumes. Grandparenting is constantly evolving from three generations ago when we, as grandparents, were grandchildren. Where we live, where our grands live, who travels, how often--the expectations are not the …
 
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